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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pacific Whale Foundation News

News: PWF Welcomes Ocean Voyager

Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) of Wailuku, Hawaii recently welcomed the Ocean Voyager, to its fleet of excursion vessels. The all-aluminum catamaran, constructed by Kvichak Marine of Seattle, Washington, is the third catamaran constructed by Kvichak for PWF. Constructed to USCG regulations for 149 passengers, and based on Pacific Whale Foundation's 23 years of marine research and leading high quality marine ecotours, the Ocean Voyager is a Crowther Multihulls design. This hull design offers unsurpassed stability and an ultra-smooth ride for passengers. The 64 x 28-ft. vessel operates for PWF's Eco-Adventure cruises, which include snorkeling, wild dolphin watching, and whale watching tours out of Maui's Maalaea Harbor.

Kvichak and Morelli & Melvin Team Up On Catamaran

Kvichak Marine Industries is readying its 54 ft. all-aluminum catamaran, Ocean Explorer, for a December delivery to Pacific Whale Foundation of Kihei, Hawaii. The 54 x 14 ft. vessel, which will operate year-round for the Foundation's Eco-Adventure Cruises, holds the designs of both Kvichak and Morrelli & Melvin of San Diego, Calif. Ocean Explorer's venue includes snorkeling, dolphin watching and whale watching tours of Maui's Lahaina Harbor. Propulsion power will be provided by twin Cummins 6CTA diesels, each rated for 430-bhp at 2,600-rpm driving 28-in. diameter four-blade, stainless steel propeller through a ZF down-angle marine transmission. Cruising at a speed of 23 knots, passengers will be seated in Ocean Outdoor model all-weather seats constructed by Beurteaux of Australia.

Hawaiian Eco-tour Boat In Service

Earlier this year, Hawaii’s Pacific Whale Watch Foundation took delivery of their latest catamaran, the M/V Ocean Discovery, from Island Boats of Jeanerettt, La. Like the earlier, Seattle-built M/V Ocean Voyager, a pair of Cummins KTA19 M4 engines delivering 700 hp each to propellers powers the new vessel. The engines on the new boat turn through Twin Disc “Quickshift” gearboxes allowing the vessel to be stopped and reversed quickly in emergency situations without harming the passengers. The vessel’s varied seating arrangement provides excellent viewing of the Hawaiian scenery and aquatic life at speeds up to 26-knots. At 65 by 28-feet the new boat has seating for 163 and is licensed to a passenger capacity up to 149 people.

All-Aluminum Catamaran Delivered by Kvichak

Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF), in Kihei, Hawaii, took delivery of a 54 ft. all-aluminum catamaran built by Kvichak Marine Industries. Ocean Explorer, measuring 54 x 14 ft., is rated for 49 passengers and will operate for PWF's Eco-Adventure cruises, which include snorkeling, dolphin watching and whale watching tours. The vessel includes such features as skewed propellers, a sound-deadening hull and a high-tech muffler system to reduce the amount of underwater noise generated by the boat. Twin Cummins 6CTA diesel engines power Ocean Explorer. Each engine is rated for 430 bhp @ 2,600 rpm and drive Teignbridge 28 in. diameter four-blade propellers through ZF IRM 305A down-angle marine gears.

Morelli & Melvin Breeding Cats

Morelli & Melvin Design & Engineering has developed two very different, but enormously effective, catamaran designs to take some of the challenge away from experiencing the beauty and excitement of Hawaii's pristine coastal waters. Both designs are capable of carrying 150 passengers, are USCG-certified under sub-chapter T and are designed for economical construction and use. Ocean Spirit, a 65 x 18 ft. Power Cat, operated by the Pacific Whale Foundation, runs three trips each day out of Maalea Harbor. Even when fully loaded with 150 passengers, Ocean Spirit's twin Volvo 102D engines, each producing 420 hp, puses her to 19 knots cruising speed. Four Winds, a 55 x 31 ft. cold-molded wood/epoxy motorsailing catamaran, was designed for safe speed underpower and sail.

Ocean Odyssey is Kvichak's Fifth Hawaiian Catamaran

Kvichak Marine recently delivered a fifth catamaran to Hawaii, the all-aluminum Ocean Odyssey, to Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) of Maui. Ocean Odyssey not only marks Kvichak's fifth Hawaiian catamaran, but it also represents PWF's second Kvichak built cat within 16 months. Constructed to USCG regulations for 149 passengers, Ocean Odyssey is a Crowther Multihulls design. The 64-x 28-ft. vessel operates for PWF's Eco-Adventure cruises, which include snorkeling, wild dolphin watching, and whale watching tours out of Maui's Maalaea Harbor. The combination of open deck space and stadium-style seating offers ideal viewing of whales and dolphins without increased vessel maneuvering. Cummins KTA19-M4 engines provide power for Ocean Odyssey.

Ocean Voyager Delivered to Pacific Whale Foundation

Hawaiian maritime tradition traces its roots to the huge ocean going outrigger canoes that took sophisticated navigators island hopping around the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Today fiberglass versions of these canoes are put through their paces by canoe racing clubs. Other reincarnations of the outrigger's twin hulls are the many catamarans, both sail and power, that take thousands of tourists out into the island waters every day of the year. The Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Voyager well represents this modern class of vessel. Designed by the noted Australian firm Crowther Multi-hulls and built by Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle, the 65x 28-ft. aluminum boat comfortably carries up to 150 passengers out from the island of Maui on whale watch and 130 for snorkeling tours.

Boats: Hawaiian Catamaran: Environmental Awareness In Comfort

Hawaiian maritime tradition traces its roots to the huge ocean going outrigger canoes that took sophisticated navigators island hopping around the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Today fiberglass versions of these canoes are put through their paces by canoe racing clubs. Other reincarnations of the outrigger's twin hulls are the many catamarans, both sail and power, that take thousands of tourists out into the island waters every day of the year. The Pacific Whale Foundation's Ocean Voyager well represents this modern class of vessel. Designed by the noted Australian firm Crowther Multi-Hulls and built by Kvichak Marine Industries in Seattle, the 65 x 28-ft. aluminum boat comfortably carries up to 150 passengers out from the island of Maui on whale watch and 130 for snorkeling tours.

Hawaiian CAT: Enviro Awareness In Comfort

Hawaiian maritime tradition traces its roots to the huge ocean going outrigger canoes that took sophisticated navigators island hopping around the expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Today fiberglass versions of these canoes are put through their paces by canoe racing clubs. Other reincarnations of the outrigger’s twin hulls are the many catamarans, both sail and power, that take thousands of tourists out into the island waters every day of the year. The Pacific Whale Foundation’s Ocean Voyager well represents this modern class of vessel.

Stricken Tanker Sinks, Leaves Large Slick in East China Sea

Photo: China's Ministry of Transport

Two bodies, black box recovered from tanker before sinking; Iran says remaining 29 crew, passengers presumed dead. A stricken Iranian tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday in the worst oil ship disaster in decades has produced a large oil slick, Chinese media and Japanese authorities said on Monday, as worries grew over damage to the marine ecosystem. The tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) had been adrift and ablaze after crashing into the freighter CF Crystal (IMO:9497050) on Jan.

Canada Fines another Vessel for Speeding

Federal Cardinal (Photo: Fednav)

Transport Canada has issued a $6,000 fine to the owner of Panama flagged bulk carrier Federal Cardinal after the supramax vessel allegedly failed to comply with vessel speed restrictions in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In August Canada put in place a temporary mandate for vessels of 20 meters or more to slow to a maximum of 10 knots due to the increased presence of whales in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, between the Quebec north shore and just north of Prince Edward Island – a rule that will remain in effect until the whales have migrated away from the area.

Court Protects Pacific Right Whale

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an Order directing the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), no later than October 28, to either issue a proposed rule designating an area of the Pacific Ocean as critical habitat for the Pacific Right Whale or issue a notice explaining why no critical habitat should be designated due to a more paramount statutory consideration (e.g., commercial or national security interest). The right whale was listed as endangered in 1971. NMFS issued a recovery plan in 1991 calling for designation of critical habitat for the whale by 1996. Three critical habitats have been designated in the Atlantic Ocean. Any impact on shipping will not be known unless and until a critical habitat has been selected.

Right Whale – Wrong Whale

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a rule rescinding its 2003 rule that purported to separate the right whale into the North Atlantic right whale and the North Pacific right whale and make various other changes under the Endangered Species Act. The 2003 changes were made without proper authority. NMFS will commence analysis to determine whether the two northern right whales are related. Adding to the confusion, there is also a southern right whale. While the scientists try to sort this out, mariners should continue to avoid whales without discrimination. 70 Fed. Reg. 1830 (HK Law).

Commandant Welcomes New Coast Guard Foundation President

United States Coast Guard Commandant Thad W. Allen stopped in Stonington, Connecticut on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 to meet Anne Brengle, the new president of the Coast Guard Foundation (CGF), and spend time with the Foundation staff at their headquarters. Ms. Brengle and her team discussed plans for the Foundation’s work to support the men and women of the United States Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Academy. “It was a tremendous honor for all of us at the Foundation to have Admiral Allen here…

Whale Carcass Washes Up Under Seattle Ferry Dock

A dead gray whale has floated underneath a busy commuter ferry terminal in downtown Seattle, sending a putrid odor wafting onto the dock and diverting some passenger ferries to another slip, a transportation official said on Thursday. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration planned to remove the carcass later in the day and perform tests to determine the cause of death, said Susan Harris, a spokeswoman with Washington State Ferries. The whale carcass, which Harris described as "a little bit smelly," was estimated at between 25 and 35 feet (7.6 and 10.6 meters) long and had apparently drifted in from open waters, lodging under the busy Colman Dock in Seattle.

Navy Holds Conference on The Science of Acoustic Research

From Commander, U.S. The Navy's Scientific Operational Naval Acoustic Research Conference was held February 6-7 to provide an opportunity for the Navy's scientists, fleet operators, and environmental specialists to share information regarding recent advances in science, mission requirements, and communication needs. About 100 people attended the two-day conference, which was chaired by OPNAV N45, the Navy's environmental readiness command, and hosted by Adm. Robert F. Willard, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet. The conference ended with agreement to hold future gatherings to discuss issues ranging from the direction of future research to procedural improvements.

PNW Coast Guard Foundation Awards Dinner

Stonington, Conn. – The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its Annual Pacific Northwest Awards Dinner in tribute to the United States Coast Guard will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Honoring the heroic efforts performed in the Pacific Northwest over the past year and recognizing the service of those who enforce maritime law…

Coast Guard Foundation Honors USCG Seattle

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its 2013 Pacific Northwest Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday, September 12, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. Honoring the bravery and heroism of the more than 6,000 U.S. Coast Guard men and women in the area who courageously serve, protect and defend our nation, its people and mariners operating in its waters, as well as its marine environment and natural resources…

Evergreen Recognized for Protecting Blue Whales

On behalf of Evergreen Line, Captain CT Chen (first left) attended the recognition ceremony of 2016 vessel speed reduction incentive program in Santa Barbara Channel Region. Photo courtesy of www.OurAir.org

Evergreen Line has received recognition for its excellent performance in a voluntary environmental and ecological protection program, which started on July 1 last year and ended on November 15. The initiative was aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions of vessels and avoiding whale collisions by encouraging slow sailing speeds in California's  Santa Barbara Channel region. The recognition ceremony took place on January 23, 2017. Vessels enrolled in this program were required to reduce speeds to 12 knots or less within 95 nautical miles of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Coast Guard Foundation Appoints Brengle as New President

The Coast Guard Foundation has appointed Anne B. Brengle as president of the national nonprofit organization. With her strong background in nonprofit management, fundraising and capital campaigns, Brengle will lead the organization’s nationwide effort to increase public awareness and funding for programs benefiting the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Academy. Anne Brengle has nearly three decades of experience in institutional advancement and management. Before being appointed president of the Coast Guard Foundation, Brengle served as president of the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts from 1994 to 2007.

Volvo Penta Engines for New Whale Watching Vessel

Salish Sea Dream (Image: PPG)

Pacific Power Group (PPG) is powering a new custom-built vessel for whale watching with Volvo Penta engines, engine monitoring and throttle controls that will improve the experience for Prince of Whales passengers. PPG’s marine team is powering the Salish Sea Dream with four Volvo Penta D13-700 Inboard turbo diesel engines that will each supply 700 HP at 2,300 RPM, providing faster acceleration and better ability to maintain high top speed. This allows Prince of Whales to offer passengers greater whale watching experiences, additional viewing opportunities and extended tours.

Groups Sue to Stop Navy From Using Sonar

According to the Houston Chronicle, environmental groups sued the federal government to prevent the Navy from using active sonar during drills off Hawaii next month, saying the sound could harm whales and other marine mammals. The Natural Resources Defense Council asked a federal court in Los Angeles to issue a temporary restraining order unless the Navy takes "effective measures" to protect marine life when it uses high-intensity, mid-frequency active sonar to hunt submarines in the drills. Navy lawyers haven't seen the lawsuit and couldn't comment. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declined to comment, but said the agency was confident the Navy would protect dolphins and whales.

MPI Discovery Completes Rampion Foundation Installation

MPI DISCOVERY on Rampion OWF Photo MPI Offshore

The wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), MPI Discovery, has completed foundation installation works at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the south coast of England. Working closely together with Swire Blue Ocean’s Pacific Orca, MPI Discovery installed the last foundation on 8 November. Due to the black-bream-spawning season, installation activities were halted in late April as planned and only restarted at the beginning of July. Over the two phases of this operation, MPI Discovery has installed a total 69 monopiles and transition pieces…

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