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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

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King River Class by Foss & Cruz Marine

Image courtesy Foss Maritime

Foss Maritime and Cruz Marine LLC have partnered to launch the first of the King River class of tug: a shallow draft vessel designed specifically for remote, extreme environments like the north slope of Alaska, the Canadian Arctic and the Russian Far east. Gary Faber, President and COO of Foss Maritime, said "When our customers talk to us about what they need in places like Alaska or the Russian Far East, we listen. That's why we reached out to Cruz Marine, another company with extensive knowledge of extreme environments.

Alaskan Tugboat Sale Brokered by Marcon

Tugboat Sinuk: Photo credit Marcon

Delaware's Vessel Management Services, Inc. has sold their twin-screw tug “Sinuk” to King River LLC of Palmer, Alaska. The 85.8’ x 28.5’ x 10.0’ depth, model bow tug was built in 1995 by J. Ray McDermott Shipyard in Morgan City, Louisiana. The tug, along with her sister “Siku”, were designed for coastwise towing and lightering of deck cargo / petroleum barges supplying the numerous remote sites and villages in southwestern and western Alaska. “Sinuk” is powered by a pair of CAT 3412DITA diesels totaling 1…

Five Rescued Near Columbia River Entrance

The crew of the commercial fishing vessel Sea Ballad acted as good Samaritans and rescued five fellow commercial fishermen after the fishing vessel Star King, a 55-foot stern trawler homeported in Astoria, Ore., sank near the entrance to the Columbia River, Jan. 7, 2017. Photo USCG

The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan commercial fishing crew rescued five people from the water after the fishing vessel Star King, a 55-foot stern trawler homeported in Astoria, capsized and sank near the entrance to the Columbia River early Saturday morning. All five fishermen were pulled from the water by the crew of the fishing vessel Sea Ballad and were transferred to the Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew, from Station Cape Disappointment, who transported them to the station in Ilwaco, Wash., where they did not need medical attention.

62 Barges Break Free on Ohio River

More than five dozen barges have reportedly broken free due to ice and high water at two separate locations on the Ohio River. So far 59 of the 62 breakaway barges have been recovered, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, who said it is working alongside the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and industry partners in response to the incidents near Pittsburgh, Pa., and Moundsville, W.Va. By Monday, 34 of the reported 35 breakaway barges from fleeting areas at mile maker 94 near Moundsville have been recovered and secured, while 25 of the 27 breakaway barges from Jack’s Run Fleeting area at mile marker 4 near Pittsburgh have been accounted for, and security video has shown seven of the barges went over Emsworth Lock & Dam.

Rhine Closed to Shipping in Germany as Water Rises

© Claudio Divizia / Adobe Stock

The Rhine river in Germany was closed to shipping on Monday after water levels rose following rain, the German inland navigation authority said on Monday. The river is closed between the German cities of Duisburg and Koblenz, the authority said, preventing sailings to and from Switzerland. The high water means vessels would not have enough space to sail under bridges that cross the waterway. The river is expected to crest to its highest point on Monday or Tuesday after which drier weather is expected to cause water levels to fall, the authority said.

Coast Guard's Eighth FRC Enters Service

The cutter’s command group, (left to right) Petty Officer 1st Class Nicole Thomas, first officer of the deck, Lt. j.g. Graham Sherman, executive officer, and Lt. Kevin Connell, commanding officer, were on hand to bring the ship to life. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sabrina Laberdesque)

Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton was commissioned into service March 8 at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla. The Sexton is the second of six Fast Response Cutters to be homeported in Key West, and the eighth vessel to be delivered through the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC recapitalization project. The cutter is named after Machinery Technician 1st Class Charles W. Sexton, who drowned during a rescue operation conducted off the coast of Washington. On Jan. 11, 1991, Sexton was aboard a motor lifeboat dispatched to assist the 75-foot fishing vessel Sea King…

Bids Requested for Barges

The Marine Design Center (MDC) of the USACE intends to acquire four new inland river-style barges to serve the Pittsburgh District, in support of the Maintenance and Repair Mission on the Inland Rivers System. The first barge shall be 190 x 54 x 12.5 ft., and will be used as a floating platform for a king-post mounted Seatrax crane, which will be furnished to the successful bidder as Government Furnished Equipment (GFE) after contract award. The three remaining flat deck barges shall be 110 x 26 x 7 ft. All four vessels shall be of all-welded steel construction, and shall be designed, built and classed to ABS rules for Steel Vessels on Rivers and Intracoastal Waterways. The bid package became available in July, and bid opening is planned for early August, 1999.

Coast Guard Closes Mississippi River After Barge Strikes Bridge

The Coast Guard closed a portion of the Mississippi River after a barge struck a rail road bridge Thursday near Vicksburg, Miss. The barge caught fire after it struck the Vicksburg Rail Road Bridge near the Interstate 20 bridge and drifted about 10 miles down river and became grounded in Diamond Cutoff, one mile south of Oak Bend at mile marker 424.3. The fire aboard the barge was contained by the crewmembers aboard the motor vessel John Roberts and personnel from U.S. Environmental Services. The Coast Guard has established a safety zone along the Mississippi River between mile markers 440, near Kings Point, Miss., and mile marker 409.5, near Middle Ground Island, Miss.

Ferry Hits Oil Platform

A DFDS Seaways ferry crashed into an oil platform on the River Tyne in 60mph winds. The collision, which occurred last Friday, happened after several ropes tethering the 30,000-ton King Of Scandinavia snapped. The ferry then slipped its berth at Northumbrian Quay, and the ship’s captain was forced to drop his anchor to stop the ferry as it drifted towards the decommissioned oil platform. Tugboats aided to help control the ship, but could not prevent it from grazing the oil platform and creating a gouge in the side of the ferry. No passengers were on board the ship at the time, and there were no injuries to crew. Sailings from Newcastle to IJmuiden in the Netherlands on the King Of Scandinavia were cancelled all this week while repairs were carried out on the ship…

Sunken Vessel Discharging Oil in West Virginia

Gate City sunk and discharged oil near mile marker 8 on the Big Sandy River near Butler, West Virginia (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

Towboat Gate City has sunk and is reportedly discharging oil near mile marker 8 on the Big Sandy River near Butler, W.Va. The vessel is discharging oil into the river “with a maximum potential of 5,000 gallons,” according to the U.S. Coast Guard, who said it received a report that the vessel had sunk at its mooring Wednesday morning. A Coast Guard pollution response team arrived on scene and is working with the oil spill response organization Weavertown to deploy boom and contain the oil and begin cleanup operations.

Washington State Sued for Blocking Coal Exports to Asia

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A company that planned to build a coal export terminal in the Pacific Northwest to ship western U.S. coal to Asian markets sued the state of Washington on Wednesday for blocking construction last year. Lighthouse Resources Inc filed a lawsuit in federal court against Washington Governor Jay Inslee and two state regulators for allegedly violating the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause by denying permits to allow the company to ship coal mined in Wyoming, Montana and other western states through its proposed Millennium Bulk Terminal to clients in Japan and South Korea.

Rhine in Germany Reopens as Water Levels Recede

File Image: A cargo vessel underway on inland German waters. CREDIT: Adobestock / (c) digitalstock

The river Rhine in Germany was reopened to shipping on Wednesday after a fall in water levels, the German inland navigation authority said. The river was closed to inland shipping at the beginning of the week after rain and melting snow raised water levels. High water means vessels do not have enough space to sail under bridges, but drier weather means water levels have dropped enough to enable navigation to resume, an official said. The Rhine is an important shipping route for commodities including minerals, coal and oil products such as heating oil, grains and animal feed.

Coast Guard Frees Vessels Frozen on the Hudson

Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay helps break free tug Brooklyn from the ice on the Hudson River near Saugerties, N.Y. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Steven Strohmaier, courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay)

The U.S. Coast Guard helped free two vessels beset by ice in the Hudson River this week as frigid temperatures in the U.S. Northeast continue to hamper the region’s commercial shipping. A Coast Guard icebreaker vessel freed tug Stephanie Dann near Kingston, N.Y. on Tuesday, as well as the tug Brooklyn stuck in ice near Saugerties, N.Y. on Sunday. The 140-foot icebreaking tug Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay was able to clear an area for Stephanie Dann to continue its transit after the tug had been beset by ice for a full night.

Oil Spill Reported in Mississippi River

Eight vessels with a combination of skimming packages, boom and absorbents have been deployed in response to an oil spill on the Mississippi River near Gramercy, La. The U.S. Coast Guard said it received a report Thursday morning from the National Response Center of stating oil was discharged from Petroleum Fuel and Terminal Mt. Airy during a transfer from the facility to a barge at mile marker 144.6 on the Mississippi River. Officials estimate that 2,500 gallons has been spilled. The Coast Guard conducted two overflights and deployed multiple teams to assess impacts. Oil spill response organizations OMI Environmental Solutions and Environmental Safety and Health are also responding, while the Center for Toxicology & Environmental Health LLC is conducting air monitoring.

Lloyd's Register's King to Retire

Lloyd’s Register announces the retirement of J. Rod King, Global Floating Offshore Installation (FOI) Business Manager. Mr. King has elected to take early retirement in mid-September 2007 to address family health issues. Lloyd’s Register North America FOI and Classification Manager, Keith Charles, will assume some of King’s previous activities until King’s replacement is named. Lloyd’s Register continues to expand its Houston operations base to address the FOI classification and consultancy businesses in the Americas more fully, as well as to provide support for its Asia and EMEA regional offices. David Corbett, senior vice president of Lloyd’s Register North America’s Oil & Gas/ Asset Management business…

King Abdullah Port Bullish on Prospects

Image: King Abdullah Port

King Abdullah Port (KAP) in Rabigh aims at being part of the overall development of the Saudi economy, which is the largest economy in the region and among the top 20 in the world, said Abdullah Hameedaddin, managing director of Ports Development Company (PDC), according to a report in the Arab News. “King Abdullah Port also takes pride in its high-tech superstructures, as they are some of the most advanced in the world and already optimized to service vessels and operate terminals for decades to come,” Hameedaddin said.

News: King Named CEO for VT Halter Marine

Boyd E. (Butch) King was appointed CEO of VT Halter Marine Inc. at the beginning of the month. "King brings tremendous experience to his new position," said General (Ret.) John Coburn, CEO and Chairman of VT Systems Inc., in announcing the appointment. "He will be at the forefront to ensure that VT Halter Marine contributes to the profitability of our marine sector." King most recently served as a senior associate with Booz Allen and Hamilton, consulting on various logistical support projects. Among others, this included the study and recommendation to revamp the Balkan Military Support initiative for the United States Army Europe. King…

This Day in Naval History - Aug. 05

1832 - Frigate Potomac is first U.S. Navy ship to entertain royalty, King and Queen of Sandwich Islands, Honolulu. 1864 - Rear Admiral David Farragut wins Battle of Mobile Bay, sealing off last Confederate port on Gulf Coast. 1882 - Authorizing of first steel warships, beginning of the modern Navy. 1915 - First air spotting for shore batteries at Fort Monroe, Va. 1921 - Yangtze River Patrol Force established as command under Asiatic Fleet. 1953 - Exchange of prisoners of war of Korean Conflict (Operation Big Switch) begins. 1967 - Operation Coronado III begins in Rung Sat Zone, Vietnam. 1990 - Navy and Marine Task Force -- USS Saipan (LHA 2), USS Ponce (LPD 15) and USS Sumter (APA 52) -- begin evacuation of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals from Liberia during civil war.

Burger Boat Company Launches SYCARA IV

Burger Boat Company launched SYCARA IV, a 151 ft Fantail Motor Yacht. SYCARA IV, a classically-styled custom Fantail Motor Yacht, was launched on June 20 in front of a crowd of well wishers. Her owner, family and friends watched as SYCARA IV was gently lowered into the Manitowoc River by Burger’s 500mt Marine Travelift shortly after she was christened by Elsie Catena. Styled after the classic yachts of the 1920’s, SYCARA IV brings together the design talents of Naval Architect…

This Day in Naval History – August 5

1832 - Frigate Potomac is first U.S. Navy ship to entertain royalty, King and Queen of Sandwich Islands, Honolulu 1864 - RADM David Farragut wins Battle of Mobile Bay, sealing off last Confederate port on Gulf Coast 1882 - Authorizing of first steel warships, beginning of the modern Navy. 1915 - First air spotting for shore batteries at Fort Monroe, VA 1921 - Yangtze River Patrol Force established as command under Asiatic Fleet. 1953 - Exchange of prisoners of war of Korean Conflict (Operation Big Switch) begins 1967 - Operation Coronado III begins in Rung Sat Zone, Vietnam 1990 - Navy and Marine Task Force (USS Saipan, USS Ponce, and USS Sumter) begin evacuation of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals from Liberia during civil war. (Source: Navy News Service)

Today in U.S. Naval History: August 5

Operation Big Switch "Freedom -- Carrying a brand-new navy white hat, Zacheus A. Smith, Jr., hospital corpsman, third class, USN, ... climbs out of an ambulance at Freedom Village, Munsan, Korea, the processing center for returning POWs." (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center)

Today in U.S. 1832 - Frigate Potomac is first U.S. 1864 - R.Adm. 1882 - Authorizing of first steel warships, beginning of the modern Navy. 1915 - First air spotting for shore batteries at Fort Monroe, Va. 1921 - Yangtze River Patrol Force established as command under Asiatic Fleet. 1990 - Navy and Marine Task Force (USS Saipan, USS Ponce, and USS Sumter) begin evacuation of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals from Liberia during civil war. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

Today in U.S. Naval history: August 5

Operation Big Switch "Freedom -- Carrying a brand-new navy white hat, Zacheus A. Smith, Jr., hospital corpsman, third class, USN, ... climbs out of an ambulance at Freedom Village, Munsan, Korea, the processing center for returning POWs." (Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the "All Hands" collection at the Naval Historical Center)

Today in U.S. 1832 - Frigate Potomac is first U.S. 1882 - Authorizing of first steel warships, beginning of the modern Navy. 1915 - First air spotting for shore batteries at Fort Monroe, Va. 1921 - Yangtze River Patrol Force established as command under Asiatic Fleet. 1990 - Navy and Marine Task Force (USS Saipan, USS Ponce, and USS Sumter) begin evacuation of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals from Liberia during civil war. For more information about naval history, visit the Naval History and Heritage Command website at history.navy.mil.

This Day in Naval History – August 5

1832 - Frigate Potomac is first U.S. Navy ship to entertain royalty, King and Queen of Sandwich Islands, Honolulu 1864 - RADM David Farragut wins Battle of Mobile Bay, sealing off last Confederate port on Gulf Coast 1882 - Authorizing of first steel warships, beginning of the modern Navy. 1915 - First air spotting for shore batteries at Fort Monroe, VA 1921 - Yangtze River Patrol Force established as command under Asiatic Fleet. 1953 - Exchange of prisoners of war of Korean Conflict (Operation Big Switch) begins 1967 - Operation Coronado III begins in Rung Sat Zone, Vietnam 1990 - Navy and Marine Task Force (USS Saipan, USS Ponce, and USS Sumter) begin evacuation of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals from Liberia during civil war. (Source: Navy News Service)

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