Ensuring Public Safety - Hazmat Transport
Inspectors with several federal and State of Hawaii agencies joined forces to enforce hazardous materials shipping requirements and standards in several key Hawaii ports. The U.S. Coast Guard helped organized the 2008 Multi Agency Strike Force Operation (MASFO 2008) on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, Nov. 12-14. The MASFO focused attention on the enforcement of hazardous materials shipping requirements and shipping container material condition safety standards. The operation also helped foster partner agency interoperability…
Pacific and Southwest - A Coastal Shipyard Alliance
Pacific Shipyards Intl. has joined forces with Southwest Marine to carry out a five-year IDIQ contract for the U.S. Navy. The primary function of the contract, which was awarded by Naval Sea Systems Command is to accomplish Depot-Level maintenance and repair work at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on surface ships homeported in Pearl Harbor. The availabilities include drydocking and pier side work. Pacific Shipyards, which is comprised of Honolulu Shipyard (HIS) and Honolulu Marine, formed an alliance called TEAM Hawaii to meld the resources and strengths of both companies in order to better serve the U.S. Navy. HSIwill serve as the primary contractor on the IDIQ contract and is providing local production workers from the community.
BAE Systems’ Clifford Honored with Naval Award
Bill Clifford, president of Norfolk-based BAE Systems Ship Repair, has received the prestigious Frank C. Jones Award, presented by the American Society of Naval Engineers. Clifford was honored by his peers today at the annual Fleet Maintenance and Modernization Symposium held in Virginia Beach. The annual award recognizes leaders in naval engineering who have substantially and significantly contributed to ship maintenance and alteration programs for naval vessels. Prior to joining BAE Systems…
Matson Increases Neighbor Island Barge Capacity
Matson, Inc. said its subsidiary Matson Navigation Company, Inc. has replaced one of its three barges dedicated to serving Hawaii's neighbor island ports with a newer, larger barge that will improve service levels. The container barge Columbia, to be renamed Mauna Loa in honor of the barge it replaces, is now Matson's largest barge. At 360 feet long, with a beam (width) of 100 feet and cargo carrying capacity of 12,600 tons or 500 TEU, it is 12 feet longer and 40 feet wider than the barge it replaces, with the capacity to carry 180 more TEU or nearly 8,000 tons more cargo. Built in 2012 by Gunderson Marine and classified as a Deck Cargo Barge with approximately 33,000 square feet of deck cargo space, the vessel's design enables swifter and more fuel efficient transits.
Hornblower to Offer New Ferry Service in Honolulu
Hornblower Marine Services announced a new option for Honolulu commuters- “TheBoat.” Beginning September 17, Hornblower Marine Services (HMS) will operate passenger-only ferry service between Oahu’s leeward side to downtown Honolulu. The commuter ferry is an extension of Honolulu’s transit service, TheBus. HMS’s subsidiary, HMS-Pac Nav, Inc. of Bainbridge Island, Washington, has undertaken this demonstration project in cooperation with The Department of Transportation Services (DTS) for the City and County of Honolulu. The new ferry service will operate in conjunction with the Oahu Transit Services group (TheBus) who will provide dedicated shuttle service to and from the ferry terminals.
Search Continues for Missing Army Aviators
Responders are continuing the search for five missing Army aviators from a downed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter approximately two miles west of Ka'ena Point, Oahu, Wednesday. En route is Coast Guard Cutter Walnut (WLB 205) and crew, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Honolulu. None of the aviators have been located yet. Debris has been spotted and recovered near Ka'ena Point by responders. A joint forward incident command post has been established at Hale'iwa Boat Harbor to coordinate search and rescue efforts.
USCG Respond to Sunken Vessel in Honolulu Harbor
The Coast Guard and Department of Transportation Harbors are responding to a diesel fuel spill from an abandoned fishing vessel that sank in Honolulu Harbor, Monday. The Coast Guard received notification at 6:30 p.m. Sunday from a reporting source that the 77 - foot fishing vessel Judy K was sinking at Pier 16 in Honolulu Harbor. The Coast Guard deployed approximately 150 feet of boom as well as absorbent pads to retrieve and contain the sheen coming from the vessel. An estimated 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the water before containment boom was put into place.
USCG Rescues 8 in Kaiwi Channel
The Coast Guard rescued eight people after their vessel sank in Kaiwi Channel, Molokai, Sunday. Watchstanders at Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received an unregistered signal for possible persons in distress approximately 12 miles west of Molokai. The JRCC launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to search the area. Shortly after the initial unregistered signal notification, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a call from a father stating his son and seven others were in distress in the vicinity of the signal.
HSRP to Meet in Honolulu
The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) is a Federal Advisory Committee to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that will convene a Public meeting on May 4-6, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Panel will meet to present and discuss NOAA’s hydrographic services and matters that affect marine transportation, safe navigation, commercial shipping, ocean and coastal stewardship, coastal and marine spatial planning, recreational boating, and ocean policy for the Pacific region. This public meeting will take place at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The public is welcome to attend, listen, and express viewpoints to the Panel members and NOAA during public comment periods. or contact Hydroservices.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Towing Vessel Sinks off Oahu
A 95-foot towing vessel, Nalani, sank approximately two and half miles west of Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu, Thursday, the U.S. (USCG) Coast Guard reported. The 11 people on board Nalani were rescued safely. The pilot aboard the sinking towing vessel placed a call at 3:13 p.m. via VHF Channel 16, alerting USCG watchstanders at the Honolulu command center that the vessel was taking on water and was in danger of sinking. The Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in Honolulu…
Honolulu Shipyard Awarded Contract
Honolulu Shipyard Inc., Honolulu was awarded a $5,919,000 firm-fixed-price modification to previously awarded contract (N00024-02-D-8506) for the Docking Selected Restricted Availability for USS Hopper. Work will be performed in Honolulu and is to be completed by March 2003. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, U.S. Navy, San Diego Detachment Pearl Harbor, Hawaii is the contracting activity.
Marine Debris Removed from Remote Hawaiian Islands
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA, and the University of Hawaii's Sea Grant Program have just returned from a joint mission to remove thousands of pounds of deadly marine debris from the Northwest Hawaiian Islands. The Coast Guard Cutter Walnut, a 225-ft. buoy tender home ported in Honolulu, departed on Aug. 22 for a 1,000 mile trip to the remote islands of Pearl and Hermes Atoll. Their goal was to remove as much lethal marine debris as possible. Walnut's crew removed 21,110 pounds of fishing net and other marine trash from more than 60 sites across the atoll using the ship's crane, lift bags, divers and just plain elbow grease. The Kukui, another 225-ft. Coast Guard cutter from Honolulu, joined the debris recovery effort on Sept.
Honolulu Says Farewell to Namesake Submarine
Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, Lt. Gov. James Aiona, and Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Gary Roughead joined past and current crew members of USS Honolulu (SSN 718) to bid farewell to the nuclear-powered attack submarine at a ceremony April 15, at Naval Station Pearl Harbor. Keynote speaker, U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Jonathan Greenert, who commanded Honolulu from 1991 to 1993, said the submarine performed exceptionally well throughout its career. “She was consistently the most reliable ship in the squadron, whatever squadron she was in," he said. Inouye said Honolulu, and all other Los Angeles-class submarines, have served the Navy in a variety of roles. “These submarines constituted the front lines during the Cold War," he said.
Search on for Two in Waters near Halona Blowhole
The Coast Guard is searching for two men swept out to sea near Halona Blowhole Lookout, Saturday. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point and the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in Honolulu, are searching for the missing men. Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety are also assisting with search efforts. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification from the Honolulu Fire Department at 5:07 p.m.
Ward's Marine Electric Government Contract
Ward's Marine Electric was awarded a $2.5m dollar contract to replace automatic bus transfer switches for the United States Coast Guard. This award represents a significant achievement for the new government contracts division at Ward's Marine Electric. The contract involves upgrading 18 (440 VAC 100 to 300 Amp) switches on eight 378' Long-range Enforcement cutters in Honolulu (HI), Seattle (WA), Charleston (NC), San Francisco (CA), and Kodiak (AK). The unique ability to deploy fully qualified experienced marine electricians anywhere in the country simultaneously is what gives Ward's Marine Electric its competitive advantage.
USCG Search for Dinghy Owner near Kaneohe Bay, OAHU
The Coast Guard is seeking the public's help identifying the owner of a 13-foot white sailing dinghy found near Kaneohe Bay, Wednesday. Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the sailing dinghy is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center at 808-842-2600808-842-2600 FREE FREE. Watchstanders at the Sector Honolulu command center received a report at 5:25 p.m., from MCB Hawaii Waterfront Operations that a Marine Corps helicopter crew spotted an unmanned adrift paddleboard while conducting training near Kaneohe Bay.
Sailboat Catches Fire off Honolulu
A sailboat with five people aboard caught fire off Honolulu, Thursday, promting responsefrom the U.S. Coast Guard who sent a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu to tow the vessel to Pier 38 in Honolulu. Sector Honolulu Command Center watchstanders received a report at 9 a.m. from patrons at Aloha Tower of the sailboat on fire about a mile off Sand Island. The watchstanders immediately diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau’s smallboat crew, already underway in the harbor for training, and directed the launch of the station’s RB-M crew.
Port of Honolulu Temporarily Closes
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port responded this morning to a report that explosive-detecting dogs had alerted security officials at pier 2 of a suspicious pallet of boxes. Two different dogs had singled out a particular pallet for potentially containing explosive devices or residue. The pallet contained loosely packaged Fed-EX boxes from a shipment originating in Las Vegas, NV. The pallet was due to be on loaded on the cruise ship Crystal Harmony this morning. In response to the reports, the Captain of the Port closed the Port of Honolulu at 8:00 this morning to incoming and outgoing marine traffic. This measure was enacted as a precaution until the pallet can be further inspected by officials from the Honolulu Police Department Bomb Squad, Customs, Harbor Police, and the FBI.
USCG Rescues 5 Off Oahu
A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium anchored off Laie Point after becoming disabled has been removed and is being towed to Coast Guard Station Honolulu, yesterday. A RB-M boat crew from Station Honolulu removed the disabled RB-M from its anchorage and towed it to the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi. Ahi is currently towing the RB-M to Station Honolulu. A jet ski crew from Marine Corps Base Hawaii Waterfront Operations assisted in the operation. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point is on-scene acting as a safety observer.
Army Helicopter Reported Down in Waters off Oahu
U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army personnel are responding to a report of a downed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter with five crew aboard approximately two miles west of Kaena Point, Oahu, Wednesday. A debris field was spotted near Kaena Point by the Coast Guard Hercules and Army Black Hawk aircrews at 11:28 p.m. Tuesday. Responders are currently searching for the five missing aircrewmen. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Command Center in Honolulu received a call at 10:08 p.m. Tuesday from personnel at Wheeler Army Airfield stating they lost communications with one of their UH-60 Black Hawk aircrews. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of response assets.
USCG Commissions Cutter Walnut
USCGC Walnut, one of the newest ships in the USCG's fleet, was formally commissioned at the USCG Integrated Support Command on Sand Island, Hawaii. Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris and Vice Adm. James M. Card, Vice-Commandant of the USCG, were guest speakers at the ceremony. Walnut, a 225-ft. Juniper-class aids to navigation tender, is equipped with the most advanced electronic navigation and propulsion systems of any USCG cutter. In addition to its mission of tending navigational buoys and lights, Walnut may be tasked at any time to conduct law enforcement, search and rescue, oil spill recovery and national defense. This is the second cutter to be named Walnut. The first served in the USCG from 1939 to 1982 and was homeported in Honolulu from 1941 to 1954.
All American Completes Cat
All American Marine, Inc. completed a 65 x 23.5-ft. Teknicraft catamaran for Star of Honolulu Cruises & Events (formerly Paradise Cruise, Ltd.) based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The new Hoku Nai’a is a USCG subchapter T classified vessel and is certified to carry 150 passengers and 10 crew members. Upon successfully completing acceptance trials in Bellingham Bay in mid-July, the Hoku Nai’a and her crew set off on a 3,000 mile delivery cruise to the island of Oahu. The Hoku Nai’a, meaning Dolphin Star, will primarily be used for a newly created Wild Dolphin Watch cruise that departs twice daily from Waianae Boat Harbor on the south shore of Oahu. Hoku Nai’a is powered by a pair of Scania DI12 60M electronic, high efficiency, low-emission diesel engines that deliver 500 bhp at 2100 rpm.
Molasses Spill Kills Fish in Honolulu Harbor
The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has confirmed that the brown substance that is contaminating much of Honolulu Harbor and Keehi Lagoon and is the apparent cause of death for many marine animals, is molasses that spilled into the harbor from a pipeline under Pier 52. The public is advised not to enter the ocean if they notice a brown color in the water. The plume of dark water is moving with the tides and currents from Honolulu Harbor into the Keehi Lagoon. From the lagoon, it is expected to dissipate into the ocean. DOH also advises the public not to consume any of the dead fish that may be found in the area. In response to the spill…