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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Massachusetts State Police News

Coast Guard, Massachusetts to Further Safeguard State Waterways

The Coast Guard and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts today announced the signing of a new partnership agreement that will help the Coast Guard and Massachusetts state law enforcement officers work together more effectively to ensure the safety and security of the Commonwealth's waters. Under the terms of the agreement, approved last week by Rear Admiral Timothy Sullivan and Governor Mitt Romney, Massachusetts State Police and Environmental Police officers working with the Coast Guard have the authority to take enforcement actions against those suspected of violating federal safety and security zones created by the Coast Guard. The agreement…

Vessel Operators Sentenced for Drowning Death

Two men were sentenced in federal court in Boston on manslaughter charges stemming from the drowning death of a visiting Irish student that occurred in the summer of 2001. United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Rear Admiral Vivian Crea, Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard First District; Michael D. O'Keefe, Cape & Islands District Attorney; Colonel Thomas G. Robbins, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; John J. Finnegan, Chief of the Barnstable Police Department; and Kenneth W. Kaiser, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today that JOSEPH JAY SHORE, age 65, of 1418 Commonwealth Avenue, West Newton, Massachusetts, and his son, CORD MITCHELL SHORE, age 39, of 180 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis, Massachusetts, were both sentenced by U.S.

Tall Ship 'USS Constitution' Fires 21-Gun Salute, Boston

Salute, USS Constitution: Photo credit USN

'USS Constitution' honors both Boston First Responders and the Battle of Midway with a 21-gun salute in Boston Harbor. During the ship's first underway this year a special tribute was paid to first responders to the events surrounding the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings and to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Midway, June 4. More than 375 guests accompanied the 215-year-old Constitution on the commemorative underway, including first responders from the FBI, City of Boston Fire…

Tug Explosion Kills Three in Kentucky

A tug boat explosion has left three people dead and numerous others injured on the Tennessee River in Calvert City, Ky. Authorities said the tug was undergoing repair in drydock when an explosion occurred inside the vessel around 9 a.m. on Friday. Three were pronounced dead at the scene and numerous others were transported for injuries that range from non-life threatening to life-threatening. Kentucky State Police said an investigation is ongoing, although there is no early indication of foul play being involved in the explosion. The U. S. Coast Guard is on scene, along with state and local responders.

Coast Guard Secures Boston for DNC

Coast Guard Cutter Jefferson Island secures Rowes Wharf on July 27, 2004 during the Democratic National Convention, in Boston. The Coast Guard, Boston State Police, Massachusettes State Police, and Massachusetts Environmental Police are providing waterborne security. Photo by PO Mike Lutz/ USCG Handout

Maritime Security East 2014 Underway in Boston

Captain Anthony Popiel, chief, Response Division, U.S. Coast Guard First District (pictured right); and Robert M. Gauvin, executiRobert M. Gauvin, executive director of Piracy Policy and technical advisor in the Office of Vessel Activities at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters (pictured right), and Captain Anthony Popiel, chief, Response Division, U.S. Coast Guard First District (Photos by William Lusk)

Maritime security and law enforcement experts are gathering in Boston this week to better understand maritime domain awareness and the challenges of port, waterway and coastal security, environmental protection, safety and law enforcement. One big lesson learned is that everything is just a little more challenging on the water. A number of law enforcement agencies from the New England area are attending and participating that have specific duties and functions associated with the maritime environment…

Danish Submarine-owner Charged with Abusing Journalist before Killing Her

File photo: Peter Madsen operates submarine UC3 Nautilius in August 2008. (Photo: Frumperino)

Danish inventor Peter Madsen tied up and abused Swedish journalist Kim Wall before murdering her on board his home-built submarine, according to the indictment published on Tuesday. Madsen planned the murder by bringing items, including a saw and screwdrivers, which were used to hit, cut and stab Wall while she was alive, the prosecutors said. Wall, a 30-year-old freelance journalist who was researching a story on the entrepreneur and aerospace engineer, went missing after Madsen took her out to sea in his 17-metre (56-foot) submarine in August last year.

Oil Heist Uncovered at Shell's Biggest Refinery

File Image (CREDIT: AdobeStock / (c) Leeylutung)

Police say 17 arrested in connection with oil theft; 11 charged; Shell expects "short delay" in operations due to case. Eleven men were charged in a Singapore court on Tuesday in connection with a large-scale oil theft at Shell's biggest refinery, while police said they were investigating six other men arrested in a weekend raid. Police in the island-state said on Tuesday they had detained 17 men, whose ages ranged from 30 to 63, and seized millions of dollars in cash and a small tanker during their investigations into theft at the Pulau Bukom industrial site…

USCG Issues Boating Under Influence Citation in Massachusetts Bay

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Coast Guard law enforcement crews issued a boating under the influence citation to the operator of a vessel late Sunday night in Massachusetts Bay. Watchstanders at Station Point Allerton received notification of a 12-foot Boston Whaler that was adrift and disabled off of Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts. A crew from Station Point Allerton and the Hull Harbormaster launched to assess the situation. Once on scene the Station's Crew noticed that the operator appeared to be intoxicated.

Wedding Cruise Ship Runs Aground in Boston

Photo: Massachusetts Environmental Police

The Boston Harbor Cruises' Majesty ran aground in Boston Harbor on Saturday. All 137 passengers were unharmed and transferred to the Asteria, another Boston Harbor Cruises vessel, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. One couple's wedding reception was going aboard as the boat turned into disaster when their vessel ran aground. New husband Jamie Stern  said the guests were just finishing dinner around 7 pm when the celebration came to a halt as the ship neared Georges Island. The 113-foot Boston Harbor Cruises ship will be inspected by Coast Guard marine inspectors and investigation officers.

U.S.-bound LNG Tanker with Russian LNG Diverted

File Image: A typical LNG Carrier at Sea (CREDIT: QGTC)

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker probably carrying some supply from a Russian export project has been diverted from the United States, ship-tracking data shows. Engie's Gaselys LNG tanker was diverted on Friday from the Everett terminal in Boston, Massachusetts, where gas prices have tapered off since spiking during a cold snap. The vessel picked up the cargo from storage tanks at Britain's Isle of Grain import terminal in early January. The delivery to the United States was unusual because the LNG at Isle of Grain's tanks also contained some supply from Russia's new Yamal export plant.

Submerged Fishing Boat Located Off US E. Coast

Wreckage from the fishing boat 'Foxy Lady ll', which lost 2 crew, snagged by trawlers, later identified by US Coast Guard. Coast Guard Sector Boston confirmed the discovery of the submerged wreckage of the 45-foot fishing vessel Foxy Lady II, reported missing with its two crew in December 2012. Massachusetts Marine Environmental Police received multiple reports of fishing vessels becoming entangled on an underwater obstruction while trawling in areas between Provincetown, Mass., and Cape Ann, Mass. Coast Guard Sector Boston investigators, along with assistance and equipment from Massachusetts Marine Environmental Police, began to assess the seabed. With the use of an underwater camera, the vessel was located and confirmed to be the Foxy Lady II.

Three Charged With Manslaughter in Fatal Ship Collision

Canadian authorities acting on behalf of the United States charged the captain of a Russian-owned vessel with involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday in connection with the fatal collision of a ship and a U.S. fishing trawler last week. Police in the Atlantic province of Newfoundland said they were acting on a U.S. arrest warrant, raising the strong possibility that the captain of the Virgo and two crew members would be extradited to the United States to face trial. The three men were charged in a Newfoundland court with involuntary manslaughter, misconduct and aiding and abetting. A spokeswoman for Primorsk Shipping Corp., which owns the Virgo, said the three had been arrested late on Tuesday. The ship came under suspicion after three fishermen on board the U.S.

This Day in Coast Guard History – June 16

1880-An Act of Congress (21 Stat. L., 259, 263) provided that "masters of light-house tenders shall have police powers in matters pertaining to government property and smuggling." 1966-The freighter Alva Cape and tanker Texaco Massachusetts collided in New York Harbor near Third Coast Guard District Headquarters on Governor's Island.  Thirty-three crewmen perished in the ensuing explosion.  Coast Guard units responded and the rescue effort garnered significant national media attention. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)

West Pierce Fire and Rescue Commission M2-37 Rescue Boat

Photo: Moose Boats

Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, delivered a M2-37 Catamaran Fire Rescue Boat to West Pierce Fire and Rescue in University Place, WA. The new 2,000 Gallon Per Minute rated 37 foot vessel is the most powerful M2 Series fire fighting boat that Moose Boats has built to date. The all aluminum catamaran is powered by twin 425hp Cummins turbo diesel engines coupled to twin Hamilton 292 water-jets with dual 1,000 Gallon Per Minute Hale Fire Pumps.

First N.American Boat Powered by Volvo Penta IPS

Photo courtesy of Volvo Penta IPS

Thomas Paine, the new 50-ft. aluminum patrol boat that joined the Massachusetts Environmental Police fleet in July, is the first commercial vessel in North America to be powered by Volvo Penta IPS propulsion. Built by Metal Craft Marine Inc., the new vessel is equipped with twin Volvo Penta D11 510hp marine diesel engines driving IPS650 steerable drive units. Power Products, the Volvo Penta Power Center in New England, was responsible for supplying the propulsion system and overseeing installation.

Iranian Tanker Produces 2 Slicks in East China Sea

File Image: The stricken tanker Sanchi burns prior to sinking. (CREDIT: china Ministry of Transport)

An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square km (42 square miles), the Chinese government said, as maritime police scoured for damage and prepared to explore the wreck. Satellite imaging showed a slick of 69 square km (26.6 square miles) and a second 40 square km (15.4 square miles) slick, which is less thick and not as concentrated, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said in a statement late on Tuesday. The large tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) sank in the worst oil ship disaster in decades on Sunday…

Moose Boats Delivers 2 Patrol Boats

Photo: Moose Boats

Aluminum boat manufacturer Moose Boats announced the delivery of two patrol boats. The builder delivered a M2-38’ Patrol Catamaran to the United States Park Police in Fort Tilden, New York, as well as a M2-38’ Wide Cabin Patrol Catamaran to the New Jersey State Police in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. The U.S. Park Police’ all aluminum catamaran is powered by twin 425hp Cummins turbo diesel engines with TwinDisc transmissions coupled to Hamilton HJ292 water-jets. Maneuvering is achieved by dual complete Hamilton BlueArrow control stations at both the central cabin helm station and cockpit.

Summary Judgment Sought Against Mass. 2009 Oil Spill Law

The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), the Chamber of Shipping of America, the International Chamber of Shipping, and the International Group of Protection & Indemnity Clubs filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on Friday, January 28 in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against a 2009 Massachusetts oil spill law. The plaintiffs also requested that the judge issue a Permanent Injunction to enjoin its enforcement. The Motion charges that the spill law is unconstitutional and undermines marine safety and environmental protection. The state law being challenged compels vessel operators to comply with state – not Federal – requirements for transit through Buzzards Bay.

Model Port Partners Sign Charter

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port hosted a Model Port Boston meeting in which the project's partners signed a charter outlining its mission and goal. The model port project, officially named Boston - A Model Port, is one of several Operation Safe Commerce projects underway across the country. In Boston, the project represents a coalition of state, local and federal agencies, and private sector businesses united to enhance port and transportation security while facilitating commerce. The model port project gathers and provides information regarding current security and safety practices in supply chains and critical port activities; assists in collaborative efforts to develop and share best practices for the safe and secure movement of people…

Update: Alaska, Canada Tsunami Alerts Lifted

Image: USGS

Alaska and parts of western Canada braced for a possible tsunami on Tuesday after a magnitude-7.9 earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska, sparking evacuations in coastal Alaska and a tsunami warning for California that was later lifted. In Alaska, people packed into high schools and other evacuation centers after the quake hit shortly after midnight local time (0900 GMT). Officials had warned residents as far south as San Francisco to be ready to evacuate coastal areas but by 5:15 a.m. PST (1315 GMT) the U.S.

MA Senate Approves Nation’s First Comprehensive Ocean Management Bill

The Massachusetts Senate overwhelmingly approved a landmark, first in-the-nation bill to create a comprehensive management plan for the state’s ocean waters. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration. The Massachusetts Ocean Act (S. 2281), which aims to end uncoordinated decision-making by state agencies that is threatening the health of state ocean waters, is the result of nearly three years of consultation and coordination with scientists, fishermen, environmental and marine trade industries. According to a January 2007 poll, nearly eight-in-ten (78%) registered Massachusetts voters favor a comprehensive plan that would require future development and economic uses of the ocean to be determined by deliberate planning.

JW Fishers’ ROV’s ‘In Depth’ Solutions

Sealion-2 Users: Photo credit JW Fishers

US-based supplier JW Fishers reminds that ROV deployment may prove safer & cheaper than diving. The company quote many examples to back up their statement, including one where the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) use a Fishers SeaLion-2 to help in underwater maintenance of Ice Harbor Lock and Dam in Washington State.The dam is more than 2,800 feet long and 100 feet high and provides hydroelectric generation, recreation, and irrigation for the area’s residents and businesses. One of the tools helping the Corps in its inspection and maintenance operations is Fishers SeaLion ROV.

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