Cargo Ship Loses Propulsion in SF Bay
The U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received notification from the Motor Vessel WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE through the Vessel Traffic Service that the vessel lost propulsion while transiting through San Francisco Bay just before 4:30 p.m. yesterday (February 14) afternoon. The vessel immediately took proper precautionary measures by safely anchoring within the shipping channel in less than five minutes. The Coast Guard, San Francisco Police Department Marine unit and two tug boats safely escorted the vessel, which was able to restart its main propulsion engine, to Anchorage Nine where the vessel is currently anchored. All appropriate notifications were made in a timely and proper manner.
Box Ship Breaks from Mooring in Boston
The U.S. Coast Guard said it is investigating how a containership broke free from its mooring in Boston on Wednesday morning. The Coast Guard, along with Massport Fire Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and port tugs responded to 1,065-foot vessel, Helsinki Bridge, that broke free at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal at around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. Terminal workers aboard the ship at the time were able to safely disembark, and no injuries or pollution have been reported, the Coast Guard said. The incident caused some damage to the pier, local media reported. A docking pilot boarded the vessel and worked with the ship's crew to escort the Helsinki Bridge to Broad Sound where it remains anchored.
Coast Guard Responds To Bridge Allision
Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Memphis, Tenn., along with two commercial vessels, responded to a bridge allision on the Lower Mississippi River, which occurred about 1:15 a.m. yesterday. The motor vessel Joe Bobzien, a U.S. flagged vessel pushing 30 barges, allided with the Greenville Bridge in Greenville, Miss., on the Mississippi-Arkansas border near U.S. Highway 82, causing 29 barges to go adrift; one grain barge sank near the bridge. All barges are recovered except two that are missing in a remote area nearby; officials say there are not enough resources to recover the barges at this time. The bridge is open to traffic, but the river is closed from mile marker 535 to 510. No injuries are reported. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Pier 11 Set for Destruction
American Bridge/McLean Pier 11 Constructors, a Joint Venture, Williamsburg, Va., is being awarded a $35,000,000 (first increment) firm-fixed price contract for demolition and replacement of Pier 11 at Naval Station, Norfolk. This contract will be incrementally funded with the initial funding today; the total contract amount is not to exceed $91,552,110. Work will be performed in Norfolk, Va., and is expected to be completed by April 2008. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with 98 proposals solicited and three offers received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N40085-05-C-5000).
Disabled Motor Tankship Towed Off Bridge
The tankship 'Harbour Feature' towed free of the Sarah Long Bridge, on the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, N.H. after drifting alongside the bridge. Tug boats were able to safely tow the 473-foot, Portuguese-flagged, motor vessel Harbour Feature from the bridge to the state pier during slack tide. Earlier, Monday, US Coast Guard watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a report from the Harbour Feature that it had become disabled and allided with the bridge. There have been no reports of injury or pollution, but a six-to-twelve inch rupture above the waterline of the vessel near the port ballast tank has been observed. The incident is under investigation.
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.
Fender Allision on Arkansas River
The Coast Guard is responding to a fender allision involving the 23-meter motor vessel Bill Rodgers and the Interstate 30 bridge at mile marker 118.5 on the Arkansas River, Thursday. Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River watchstanders received a report from the vessel operator at 3:20 p.m. reporting that while pushing eight empty barges, the tug Bill Rodgers allided with the north fender system. The Coast Guard immediately dispatched its marine inspection and investigation teams to the scene to assess damage and determine the cause of the incident. The I-30 bridge was shut down to traffic in order to allow the Arkansas State Police and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management teams to conduct a damage assessment. The bridge has since been reopened.
Ingot and Tò-Kalòn Nominated for Awards
Burger Boat Company announced that Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines have nominated Tò-Kalòn, a 101 ft Burger Enclosed Bridge Motor Yacht, for “Most Innovative Exterior Yacht Design of the Year” and INGOT, a 153 ft Burger Tri-Deck Motor Yacht, for “Best Motor Yacht” (86 feet and up) for the 2009 Asia Boating Awards. The Annual Asia Boating Award was created by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines to recognize the best of the maritime industry. This year the event will be held during China’s premier boating event…
Vard Tallies Orders for 7 Stern Trawlers
Vard Holdings Limited announced it has secured contracts valued at approximately NOK 700 million ($84 million) for the design and construction of seven stern trawlers for Icelandic ship owners Bergur-Huginn, Utgerdarfelag Akureyringa, Gjögur and Skinney-Thinganes. Together, VARD and the four ship owners have developed a new concept for seven stern trawlers for fishing operations in Iceland. The vessels, measuring 29 by 12 meters, will be constructed and outfitted by Vard Aukra in Norway for deliveries in 2019.
Sinking of the El Faro Subject of NTSB Meeting
The NTSB is scheduled to meet Dec. 12, 2017, to determine the probable cause of the Oct. 1, 2015, sinking of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro. The 790-foot vessel set sail from Jacksonville, Florida, on a voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29, 2015, and sank about 34 hours later near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 crewmembers aboard the ship perished in the accident. The NTSB launched an investigation as soon as the sinking was confirmed and with assistance from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, the wreckage and debris field was located Oct. 31, 2015, more than 15,000 feet under the surface of the sea. The investigation…
Eastern Shipbuilding Deliver 'HOS Riverbend'
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. says it has delivered the M/V HOS RIVERBEND (Hull 204), their fourth and final vessel in the HOSMAX 300 series, to Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC, ahead of schedule. Each vessel is Diesel-Electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled OSV’s. These high-tech vessels feature four Caterpillar 3516C 16-cylinder turbo-charged Tier III diesel generator engines each rated at 1,825 kW at 1,800 rpm. Main propulsion power is provided by two GE Energy furnished Hyundai 2…
Great Ships of 2013: Hornbeck’s HOSMAX 300 Series
Eastern Shipbuilding Group delivered M/V HOS Red Rock (Hull 202) to Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC. Hornbeck’s first vessel, the HOS Red Dawn (Hull 201), was delivered on June 21, 2013 and is currently servicing offshore drilling operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Hornbeck’s third vessel the HOS Renaissance (Hull 203) was scheduled for delivery in November 2013. HOS Red Rock is the second of four vessels designated as the HOSMAX 300 series by Hornbeck Offshore and are diesel-electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled OSV’s measuring 292 x 64 x 24.5 ft.
UK Partners Launch Autonomous Navigation Project
As unmanned surface vessels continue to gain ground globally, a new project in the U.K. sets out to address challenges relating to the coexistence of autonomous systems and traditional manned vessels in shared water space. The £1.2 million ($1.6 million) research project, dubbed SWANS (Shared Waterspace Autonomous Navigation by Satellite), is funded by the U.K.’s innovation agency Innovate UK. Project lead BMT will work with partners ASV Global and Deimos Space UK to enable beyond line of sight…
QM 2 Resumes Voyage after Accident.
The Queen Mary 2 was headed out to sea on Tuesday when the ship returned to Port Everglades after a problem was discovered with a motor. According to the Miami Herald, the cruise ship hit a sea wall, damaging part of its propulsion system. Shortly after the ship's 1 p.m. departure from Port Everglades, a bridge instrument indicated there was a problem with one of four propulsion motors. The captain called the U.S. Coast Guard more than three hours later and said there was reason to believe the ship hit a submerged object when it was about five miles out. About 10 p.m., tugboats pulled the ship back to the port, where the vessel remained for two days.
USCG: Charter Boat Hits Bonner Bridge
The Coast Guard responded Monday to an allision between a 58-foot charter boat with nine people aboard and the Bonner Bridge in Oregon Inlet, N.C. A concerned boater aboard the vessel West Wind witnessed the allision and contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders via VHF-FM marine radio channel 16 at approximately 5:45 a.m., stating that the charter boat, Sandra D, struck one of the support pilings of the bridge, resulting in a five-foot by 10-foot hole in the boat's bow and possible injuries to three of the passengers aboard.
Coastguard Surfboats in the Spotlight
Guardians of the Gate: The Surfboats, a documentary by director David Wittkower, gives audiences a peek at a day in the life of Coast Guardsmen at Motor Lifeboat Station Golden Gate in San Francisco. Most people know little about the missions performed by service members whom Wittkower calls 'the Green Berets of the ocean'. “The intended audience was the general public,” Wittkower said. Wittkower captured search-and-rescue operations, the towing of disabled vessels, and searches for the bodies of jumpers off the Golden Gate Bridge. He also filmed a lot of rough water.
Rolls-Royce Wins Substantial Volstad OCV Equipment Order
Rolls-Royce informs it has won a contract worth approximately £13.5 million to deliver a unique package of advanced ship equipment for a new offshore construction vessel (OCV) currently being built in Turkey for the Norwegian ship owner Volstad Shipping AS. The vessel is 125 meters long and is designed with ice class for operations in Arctic waters. It is a ST-259 design by Skipsteknisk and is due to be delivered from the Tersan Shipyard, Turkey, in the second half of 2015. The package includes the new Unified Bridge from Rolls-Royce…
Motor Yacht Launched
Pluckebaum Custom Boats recently completed production of a custom 53 ft. Sedan Fly Bridge Motor Yacht. The yacht is powered by twin Caterpillar 3126 diesels and uses auxiliary power from a Westerbeke 15 kW genset. Electronics include Furuno 1942 radar, Icom radios, Standard sum logs and Mathers Micro commanders. A unique feature is the extremely large hydraulic powered swim platform designed for watersports, as well as the ability to carry a personal watercraft.
Maritime Pilots Recognized with IMO Bravery Accolade
Two maritime pilots who defied fire to bring a burning ship to safety, averting a major maritime catastrophe, received the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea during the 2017 IMO awards ceremony, held on Monday (27 November). Pilots Captain Michael G. McGee and Captain Michael C. Phillips, from Houston, United States, were recognized for their role in averting a major tragedy in September 2016. The ship they were piloting, the 247 meters-long tanker Aframax River, broke…
OSI to Deliver IBNS for the US Navy LCS Program
OSI Maritime Systems said it has signed a contract with Lockheed Martin to provide its Integrated Bridge and Navigation System (IBNS) for the U.S. Navy Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. “We are pleased to have signed this very important contract with Lockheed Martin. Over the years, OSI has built a strong business relationship with Lockheed Martin through the successful delivery of a number of projects for customers around the world,” said, Ken Kirkpatrick, OSI President and CEO. “The U.S. The system is designed for warships and conforms to American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Class Rules for Navigational Integrated Bridge System (NIBS).
Avtron Upgrades Icebreakers
The U.S. Coast Guard recently awarded Avtron Industrial Automation a contract to upgrade the main propulsion system on its fleet of 9 WTGB Ice Breaking Tugs with the Avtron ADD-32 DMG Drive System. To date, Avtron has upgraded the electrical propulsion system for the Neah Bay in Cleveland, OH, the Bristol Bay in Detroit, MI, and now the Penobscot Bay in Bayonne, NJ. The WTGBs are 140’ diesel-electric vessels which operate on the Great Lakes and the Northeastern United States. The ice breaking mission of the vessels requires them to be operational at all times.
Palfinger Equipment Package for Kreuz Subsea’s New Vessel
Palfinger Marine has been contracted to deliver lifesaving equipment and a winch package for Kreuz Subsea’s newbuild vessel, a Vard 317 design. The vessel for the Singapore-based integrated offshore subsea service provider Kreuz Subsea is designed and constructed by Vard. The DP2 class vessel, with a total length of 91.2 meters a beam of 21.5 meters, is prepared for remote operating vehicles (ROVs) and will be used to for diving support and subsea construction duties. Palfinger Marine’s newly acquired Norwegian Deck Machinery (NDM)…
Eastern Shipbuilding Launches the M/V Bravante V for Boldini, S.A.
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. christened and launched the M/V Bravante V for Boldini S.A. of Brazil. The event was held on March 21, 2013 at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility with hundreds of Eastern employees and guests. Attending were Renato and Regina Nascimento, William Wueman and William Grutter along with several members that traveled from Brazil witnessing the launch of the first of five Platform Supply Vessels under contract with Eastern. Mr. Nacimento’s wife Regina had the honor of christening the vessel.