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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

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Get on Board with Shipyard Electrical Safety

 Timothy L. Gauthier, Project Manager/Senior Training Specialist, AVO Training Institute

After teaching electrical safety for many years, one tends to understand the regulations, and the standards more than the average safety professional. We live them most every day. We also understand what regulations and standards apply to shipyard employment and what regulations and standards apply to industry – and which apply to both. For your safety, you should know about electrical safe work practices and shipboard electrical awareness. If you do not believe that you should know about electrical safe work practices…

USCG Photo: Cutter Eagle in Philadelphia

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cleat, homeported in Philadelphia, escorts the cutter Eagle and its crew to Penn's Landing in Philadelphia, March 18, 2011. The Eagle, homeported in New London, Conn., is the only active sailing square-rigger in U.S. government service and is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its construction. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Lutz.

Star Clippers to Build Massive Square Rigger

Photo courtesy of Star Clipppers

Tall ship sailing specialist Star Clippers has announced that it has started building a fourth ship to add to its fleet of graceful square-riggers; its first new-build since the launch of Royal Clipper in July 2000. The new vessel, yet to be named, will be the biggest and most ambitious project to date and will be launched in the second half of 2017, carrying 300 passengers, measuring 8,770 tons and powered by more than 6,350 square meters of sails. The new ship will technically be a five-masted, square-rigged barque.

LGH/ITI Team Up for Rigging Training

Photo: LGH

Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) and Industrial Training International (ITI) have partnered to offer training for prospective rigging students. ITI will offer both network training courses – Rigging Gear Inspector Levels I & II and Lift Director & Critical Lift Planning – to students, faculty and seasoned professionals alike. Both courses will be taught inside Lifting Gear Hire’s warehouse in Bridgeview, Ill. where students will have access to LGH’s 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art warehouse which provides ample room for ITI classes of varying sizes.

OpSail 2000: Parade Of Tall Ships Graces New York’s Waters

Founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, Operation Sail (OpSail) has since found its way back to New York Harbor for significant events such as the Bicentennial celebration in 1976 and the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. MR/EN was invited to step aboard the historic Schooner Wavertree, prior to OpSail 2000. By Regina P. Stepping aboard the historic Schooner Wavertree docked at New York's South Street Seaport, one would feel instantly immersed by the constant whirring of drills, hammering and workers being pulled up onto the vessel's masthead. No, it's not a group of 19th Century shipbuilders, but a modern-day group of individuals, some of who are volunteers, working to prepare the historic Schooner for its OpSail appearance.

Cutter Eagle Sails Into Portsmouth, VA

U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle

  The U.S. Coast Guard Barque Eagle sailed into Portsmouth Wednesday on its yearly tour of ports. The Eagle will be available for free public tours Thursday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m, moored across from Portsmouth City Hall. Representatives from the U.S. Postal Service will have the new Coast Guard Forever Stamp available and offer a special cancellation on the pier from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service.  

Postal Stamp Celebrates Maritime History

©2016 USPS

The U.S. Postal Service has previewed a new stamp highlighting California’s San Francisco Maritime Historical Park with a photograph of an iconic three-masted sailing ship. The stamp is the 14th of 16 new Forever Stamps to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. The stamp image is a portion of a photograph by Tim Campbell, showing the square-rigger Balclutha. Just visible to the right of the deep waterman/salmon packet sailing vessel is the 1907 steam tugboat Hercules.

Multraship Refloats Capsized Cargo Ship

Salvage and towage company Multraship has refloated the Egyptian-flagged Al Shaymaa after the 5,744 gt, 1981-built general cargo vessel capsized in the southern Netherlands port of Moerdijk while discharging a cargo of steel coils. The vessel has now been safely redelivered to its owner. Reports indicate that the vessel’s cargo started shifting during discharge, and Tereneuzen-headquartered Multraship was engaged on a Lloyd’s Open Form of salvage agreement at around 0400hrs on August 15. After the crew had been safely taken off, Multraship, working in co-operation with Belgian salvage specialist URS, discharged the Al Shaymaa’s remaining cargo of steel coils using mobile shore cranes, before ballasting the vessel and restoring it to an upright, stable position.

Mammoet Uses Elebia Hooks to Unload Panamax Vessel

Photo: Mammoet

International lifting and transport specialist Mammoet used 5t capacity automatic hooks from Elebia to keep riggers at safe distance and speed-up discharge of 1,000 industrial-sized ‘big bags’ from a Panamax ship at a port in Westdorpe, Holland in January. Mammoet, which has its own multi-purpose terminal further north at the mouth of the Ghent Canal in Terneuzen, will unload approximately 30,000t of bulk from the vessel every six weeks, as freight business continues to sprawl away from larger Antwerp ports further east.

Technip UK Pleads Guilty to Safety Breaches

North Sea operator Technip UK Limited pleaded guilty to a breach of regulations covering health and safety of workers which lead to the death of a rigger, and has been fined £160,000, the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) reported. Technip UK Limited admitted a breach of regulation 5 of the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessel (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations 1997 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court today in relation to a March 2009 incident which caused the death of David Stephenson, who was working as rigger on the U.K.-flagged dive support vessel Wellservicer operated by Technip UK. The vessel had left the Netherlands for Aberdeen and stopped three miles outside of the harbor for trials and tests which included testing of the forward bell.

Trinity Launches Deck Barge Jean-M 2501

Designed by Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., (BHGI), , , under contract by Argosy Transportation Group, Inc., , the Jean-M 2501, a very built inland deck barge, was launched this week and is set to enter service next week. The 250 x 54 x 12-ft. barge is designed to transport large, over-dimensional cargo on the inland waterways. A 3/4" thick deck and substantial longitudinal stiffeners will allow her to not only carry a 3,000 lbs / sq. ft. deck load, but to do so anywhere along her length.

Hard Work Pays Off

Coast Guard Cutter Thetis is the 10th ship of the Famous-class cutters and the third vessel to bear the name. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Anthony Casullo.

At 270 feet and weighing in at 1,646 tons, Coast Guard Cutter Thetis is equipped with the necessary equipment to perform law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security and national defense missions. To stay mission ready, the ship’s equipment requires routine maintenance usually handled by the crew, but occasionally more attention is needed. Cue the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Md. One of the many specialized groups working at the yard is the ordnance shop’s MK75 planned depot maintenance team.

Fendercare Provides STS Support Services

Fendercare Marine provided STS support services for the first open sea’s Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) STS operations for two of the world’s leading Gas Majors. The LNG STS operations were performed in the Eastern Mediterranean with a number of 152,000 cm3 membrane tank Liquefied Natural Gas Carriers (LNGC), and most recently a 135,000 cm3 moss type carrier; all delivering cargo to one of Excelerate Energy’s 138,000 cm3 Floating Storage & Regasification Unit (FSRU). These were the first open sea LNG STS operations for either major.

US Tall Ship Sets Sail to Commemorate 1812 War

Tall Ship 'Eagle': Photo credit USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, America’s tall ship, has sailed for the 2012 Summer Training Cruise and participation in Operation Sail 2012 and War of 1812 Bicentennial events in New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, Va., Baltimore, Boston and New London, Conn. The Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the United States flag and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. A three-masted barque, the Eagle provides an unparalleled at-sea leadership and professional development experience for future officers of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Tall Ship Cutter Eagle to Visit Rockland

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle (USCG photo by Erik Swanson)

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is scheduled to arrive in Rockland, Maine, Friday, at 3 p.m. as part of its 2014 cadet summer training deployment. The Eagle's visit to Rockland is to celebrate the Maine Lobster Festival. The Eagle will be open for free public tours Saturday, Aug. 2, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service.

Coast Guard Cadets Navigate 'Eagle' by Sextant

Cadets Handling a Sextant: Photo credit USCG

US Coast Guard cadet training barque ‘Eagle’ completes its first week of the cadet summer training deployment in the Atlantic Ocean. Eagle left its homeport in New London, Conn., and sailed more than 600 miles headed to the Caribbean while under sail power and using celestial navigation. The ship’s navigator secured all means of electronic navigation, leaving the cadets to ensure they arrive at their next portcall with only a sextant and the stars. Serving as an afloat training platform for more 140 Coast Guard Academy cadets at a time…

Drydocks World in Discussions with Singapore Delegation

Khamis Juma Buamim, Chairman of Drydocks World and Maritime World received the Singapore's Non-Resident Ambassador (NRA) to the United Arab Emirates, HE Tee Tua Ba and his accompanying delegation and held discussions on topics of mutual interest. Discussions revolved around the company’s future business strategy and action plan for the company’s Singapore-based operations, areas of mutual co-operation and exchange of know-how and technical expertise and identifying areas of further development of relations and partnerships. Drydocks World is actively engaged with several maritime organizations at various levels in Singapore such as Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI).

Tall Ship 'Eagle' Homeported for Christmas

USCG Tall Ship Eagle: Photo credit USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle departs Naval Submarine Base New London & returns to her home mooring at Fort Trumbull in New London. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle, known as “America’s Tall Ship,” is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, the Eagle was taken by the United States as a war reparation following World War II.

Eagle Arrives in Port Everglades

The Coast Guard Cutter Barque Eagle will arrive in Port Everglades Friday at noon. The Eagle began its seven-day trip to Dania, Fla., after departing Nassau, Bahamas, June 14. The Eagle will be visiting Port Everglades as part of a summer training mission for training cadets before returning to its homeport of New London, Conn. As the flagship of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, the Eagle’s primary mission is to serve as a platform for training Academy cadets in the fundamental disciplines of seamanship. Through practical application, cadets learn navigation, engineering and ship maneuvering. In addition, they set more than 22,000 square feet of sail and control more than 20 miles of rigging lines while under way.

Sustainable River Transport

Photos of the Lisa Marie courtesy of Hope Services

When Holcim (U.S.) Inc. began construction of their new state-of-the-art plant in 2006 they wanted it to be a model of environmental sustainability. The plant and quarry in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri on the Mississippi River about 40 miles south of St. Louis would occupy only 1,700 acres of the 3,900-acres site, with the balance preserved as a conservation easement. Holcim also created and restored more than 60 acres of new wetlands, offering a large habitat resource. With production capacity of four million metric tons per year…

This Day in Coast Guard History – July 21

1944-The attack and liberation of Guam commenced. Participating vessels included the Coast Guard tender CGC Tupelo and the Coast Guard-manned Navy warships included Cor Caroli, Aquarius, Centaurus, Sterope, Arthur Middleton, LST-24, LST-70, LST-71 and LST-207. 1947- President Truman signed H.R. 3539, which became Public Law No. 209, authorizing the Coast Guard to construct a suitable chapel for religious worship by any denomination, sect or religion at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. 1952- The CGC Mackinac, enroute from New York to Ocean Station ECHO, and the SS Gripsholm, removed 45 of the 49 persons on board the SS Black Gull, which had caught fire in a position south of Block Island, Long Island, New York.

Signal Ship Repair Achieves 1000 Days

Signal Ship Repair, a division of Signal International, Inc., recently attained a milestone of 1,000 days without a lost time injury, on January 30th, 2013. This significant milestone was achieved by the commitment of all Signal Ship Repair employees towards a safe work environment. Signal Ship Repair has several crafts which never had an injury, including; maintenance, security, inside machinist, scaffolding, carpenters, structural welders, riggers, operators, electricians, laborers, and the safety department. The painters and drydock crew will have attained a two-year injury-free milestone on March 15th and 16th respectively. On May 11th the pipe and structural ship fitters will be injury-free for one year.

Maritime Administrator Matsuda Tours Port of Brownsville

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator David Matsuda

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administrator David Matsuda toured the site of a planned marine cargo dock at the Port of Brownsville that will help transform this vital port into a hub for international trade. The proposed infrastructure improvements are being made possible, in part, through a $12 million TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) discretionary grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Administrator Matsuda was joined on his tour by Congressman Filemon Vela, Port Director Eduardo A. Campirano and state officials.

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