USCG Testing eATON in San Francisco Bay
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said it is now testing 25 electronic aids to navigation (eATON) to augment existing physical aids and mark unique and potentially hazardous navigation features in the San Francisco Bay Area. Commonly referred to as “virtual” buoys, the eATON are being transmitted through the Coast Guard’s Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) for display on ships’ electronic charting systems and radars. As part of ongoing efforts to increase the safety of navigation on the Bay the Coast Guard…
AAM Wins Hybrid Passenger Vessel Contract
All American Marine, Inc. (AAM), inked a deal for the construction of a new hybrid electric passenger vessel to be delivered to the Red and White Fleet of San Francisco, California. The contract for the new 600 passenger aluminum monohull was signed during the recent annual Maritrends Conference put on by the Passenger Vessel Association. AAM’s latest contract follows an earlier announcement made by the company regarding a construction agreement for a 500 passenger aluminum monohull tour boat for Argosy Cruises of Seattle, WA.
S.F. Bay Ferry Authority Gets Approval
Under a plan spelled out in SB 428, by state Senator Don Perata (D-Alameda), a new panel will be created to oversee the development of a proposed network of high-speed ferries serving the entire San Francisco Bay Area. The new panel will be called the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority. Governor Gray Davis signed the bill last year, giving the Transit Authority the go-ahead to prepare a detailed plan for expanding ferry services in the San Francisco Bay Area for the legislature's approval. The authority's 11-member board will be made up of local elected officials, environmentalists, business leaders and transportation experts; four appointed by the Governor and two each appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules and the Assembly Committee on Rules.
Dredging Barge Grounds in San Francisco Bay
Federal, state and local agencies respond to a grounded barge in San Francisco Bay, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011. The barge, which was participating in dredging operations in the bay, began taking on water before it was pushed to a sand bar to prevent its sinking. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sherri Eng.
Moose Boats Bags Order from Westar Marine
San Francisco Bay boat designer and manufacturer Moose Boats said it has been awarded a contract to construct multiple 75-foot semi-displacement USCG Subchapter-T passenger catamarans for Westar Marine Services in San Francisco, Calif. The first vessel will commence production in the spring of 2017. The aluminum catamarans will be equipped with Twin Volvo D13 turbo diesel engines with Volvo IPS3 drives, achieving a service speed of 25 knots and exceptional close quarters maneuverability.
Escort Tugs in San Francisco Bay
Responding to the oil spills of the Exxon Valdez in 1989 and the American Trader in 1990, California enacted the Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act (OPA 90). Thus, an evaluation of tractor tug development and construction on the west coast led to tugs providing bollard pulls of +/-90 tons. San Francisco Marine Exchange (SFMX), a non-profit whose maritime history in San Francisco dates back to 1849, acts on behalf of California’s Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR). They help to monitor the compliance of these OSPR regulations.
Marine News Boat of the Month: March 2017
All American Marine (AAM) in February announced a deal for the construction of a new hybrid electric, 600 passenger aluminum monohull vessel to be delivered to the Red and White Fleet of San Francisco, Calif. AAM’s latest contract follows an earlier announcement made by the company regarding a construction agreement for a 500 passenger aluminum monohull tour boat for Argosy Cruises of Seattle, Wash. Both operators were originally pursuing construction contracts for steel monohulls…
BART Strike Triples San Francisco Bay Ferry Commute
SF Bay Ferry carried more than triple its normal passenger load on the 1st morning of the BART strike. Morning ferry commute runs on services between San Francisco Ferry Building; Vallejo; Oakland’s Jack London Square; Alameda Main Street; Harbor Bay; South San Francisco and Pier 41 saw a surge in passenger numbers on Monday, July 1, 2013, the first day of the BART workers' strike. SF Bay Ferry report that the normal average commute would have been 2,500 passenger for the morning, but in fact 7,835 commuters took the ferries to work.
FDR’s Yacht Plies the Waters of San Francisco Bay
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s presidential yacht, Potomac, is once again plying the waters of San Francisco Bay after undergoing a maintenance drydocking at Bay Ship and Yacht in Alameda, Calif. Long known as the “Floating White House,” she served as the presidential yacht until his death in 1945. She has a storied past from her start as a Presidential yacht to the King’s yacht (Elvis Presley) and several other lives in-between. Now under management of the Potomac Association, she is under constant care and refurbishment to combat the elements of time.
San Francisco Bay – RNA for LHG carriers
The U.S. Coast Guard has designated waters of San Francisco Bay, San Pablo Bay, Carquinez Strait, Suisun Bay, Sacramento River, San Joaquin River and connecting waters as a regulated navigation area (RNA) for the purpose of prohibiting vessels carrying liquefied hazardous gas (LHG) from anchoring in these waters and requiring such vessels to proceed directly to their intended offload facility. The rule comes into effect on June 28. 69 Fed. Reg. 30203 (HK Law).
WETA Awarded Blue & Gold Fleet Five-Year Contract
Water Emergency Transportation Authority Awards Ferry Operating Contract to Blue & Gold Fleet. At its October 6 Board of Directors meeting, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) awarded Blue & Gold Fleet ("B&GF") a five-year contract for the operation of WETA's San Francisco Bay Ferry services. San Francisco Bay Ferry, which recently assumed operation of the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay Ferries, provides daily commute and excursion service between Alameda, Oakland, San Francisco, and Harbor Bay. In early 2012, San Francisco Bay Ferry plans to launch new ferry service between South San Francisco and the East Bay and to assume operation of the City of Vallejo's Baylink ferry operating between Vallejo and San Francisco.
Coast Guard, Stakeholders to Meet Disabled Tanker in San Francisco Bay
The U.S. Coast Guard, along with several federal, state and local partner agencies, have formed a safety and assessment team with the owners of the disabled tanker Pine Galaxy to ensure the safety of the ship's crew and finalize plans for the ship to be brought into the port of San Francisco for repairs. The 485-foot Bahamian registered ship experienced an engine room fire on Aug. 13 that resulted in the death of one crew member and the loss of electrical power and propulsion. The ship, a mixed-product carrier, is currently being towed toward San Francisco with a varying arrival time based on weather conditions and the speed of the tow. Cargoes include neutral oil, tetramer, propylene tetramer and vegetable oil.
San Francisco Bay Area WTA Appoints New CEO
On October 30, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority Board of Directors appointed Steve Castleberry as the WTA’s new Chief Executive Officer. He will take the helm on January 1, 2004. Castleberry has been serving as the WTA’s manager of System Planning since shortly after the inception of the organization. Prior to joining the WTA, he served as deputy director of the Alameda County Transportation Authority. (ACTA) As Chief Executive, Castleberry will be responsible for implementing the ferry expansion plan recently approved by the California State Legislature.
San Francisco Bay Ferry Operating Regular Schedule
San Francisco Bay Ferry will operate its regular schedule Friday, October 11 through the weekend as BART Unions and Management continue negotiations. With the announcement that BART Unions and BART management have requested an extension for their negotiations through the weekend, the SF Bay Ferry will continue with its regular weekday schedule Friday, October 11 and its regular weekend schedule. Should a strike be called Sunday night, enhanced service will begin with a 5:00 AM Vallejo departure to San Francisco on Monday, October 14.
Coast Guard to Conduct San Francisco Bay Waterways Study
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a will conduct a Waterways Analysis Management System (WAMS) study of existing aids to navigation on navigable waterways in the San Francisco Bay area to determine the degree to which they facilitate safe commercial and recreational navigation. The study will continue through March 24. source: HK Law
San Francisco Bay Ferry Strike Service in Effect
With the announcement that the BART Strike is on, the SF Bay Ferry has implemented increased service on most routes. Enhanced service will begin with a 5 a.m. Vallejo departure to San Francisco on Friday, October 18. See sanfranciscobayferry.com for all BART strike schedules. The BART strike service schedules will be in effect until BART formally announces the strike is called off. If a partial day mid-day strike occurs, San Francisco Bay Ferry will operate its strike schedule for the whole day and will return to its regular schedule the next morning. Weekend BART strike service will be provided to/from the Vallejo, Oakland, San Francisco and Alameda Main Street terminals.
San Francisco Bay Fuel Spill Under Investigation
The U.S. Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel continue to respond to a fuel spill that occurred near Pier 45 at Fishman's Wharf in the San Francisco Bay Saturday. At 10:56 a.m., Saturday, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco personnel received a report that an undetermined amount of fuel oil was discharged into the water from the SS Jeremiah O'Brien. Coast Guard Incident Management Division personnel immediately dispatched a pollution response Federal On-scene Coordinator's Representative to confirm the report and assess on-scene conditions. Once on scene, the FOSCR confirmed the source of the fuel spill had been secured…
EPA Tier 4 Propulsion for New San Francisco Ferries
Rolls-Royce said it has won an order to deliver its first EPA Tier 4-compliant propulsion systems from MTU to WETA (Water Emergency Transportation Authority) for installation in three brand-new catamaran ferries. The first of the three high-speed ferries is expected to enter service on the San Francisco Bay in late 2018. The San Francisco Bay is subject to special environmental protection. “Our goal is to operate a ferry service that is sustainable, cost-efficient and eco-friendly,” said Nina Rannells, WETA Executive Director.
Winter Storm to Hit San Francisco Bay
A major winter storm is forecast for the San Francisco Bay this week. The storm is forecast to impact the entire Bay Area region, Monterey, and Lake Tahoe. Patchy fog, heavy rain, gale force winds (in excess of 34 knots) and increased wave action are expected Wednesday night, 10 December 2014 through Thursday 11 December 2014, with weather abating and showers expected on Friday 12 December 2014.... This MSIB clarifies USCG Captain of the Port expectations and provides recommended actions in preparation for heavy weather conditions forecast for the San Francisco COTP Zone.
San Francisco Bay: The Next Generation
On his day off Red and White Port Engineer Mike Epstein likes to take his nearly three-year-old son Mark down to the Bay and onboard the tour boats that he maintains. On a recent May morning he took a little extra time with his boy to show me around the refurbished and repowered 90x34-foot Royal Prince moored to the company dock at Pier 43 1/2 on the Embarcadero. The deep personal commitment to a greener environment is common in amidst the beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area, but Mike expresses it in a particularly intense fashion when he speaks about the Cummins QSK19 Tier 2 engines that they have recently installed in this practical craft. Asked what thinking went in to the engine selection, he replied, ?Not much thought was needed.
Container Vessel Damages San Francisco Bay Bridge
The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of a container vessel Cosco Busan allision with the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The vessel was out bound with a pilot onboard at the time of the allision. The vessel reported damage to the forward left side and bulk fuel (MF 380) was leaking from the vessel. Visibility was limited during the time of the allision due to fog. U. S. Coast Guard and San Francisco Police Department are enforcing a 100 foot saftey zone around the vessel and the fuel in the water and CALTRANS is assessing the San Francisco Bay Bridge. The vessel is currently being moved to Anchorage 9. U. S. Coast Guard pollution investigators and marine inspectors from Sector San Francisco are conducting investigations into the amount of bulk fuel spilled and the cause of the allision.
New Dock Address System in San Francisco
On March 31, 2005 the Vessel Traffic Service San Francisco (VTS) will implement a standardized system of dock addresses throughout the San Francisco Bay Region. This new system was developed by the Navigation Working Group of the San Francisco Bay Region Harbor Safety Committee to remedy the problem of frequently changing dock names after changes in ownership. Implementation of this system will significantly enhance the safety of vessels operating on San Francisco Bay by reducing confusion regarding each vessel’s destination. In addition, this new system offers benefits to maritime security, including increased ability for emergency responders to quickly identify exact dock locations during a maritime incident.
Memphis Orders Fire Rescue Patrol Boat
San Francisco Bay Area boat designer and builder Moose Boats said it has been awarded a contract from The City of Memphis Fire and Police Departments for the construction of a M2-38 Fire Rescue and Patrol Catamaran.Twin Cummins engines at 425hp each with Hamilton water jets will power the boat, which is being built to respond to incidents on the Mississippi River and in The Port of Memphis, Tenn. Memphis Fire and Police’s new boat will be equipped with a single Hale fire pump flowing close to 2,000 gallons per minute of water through Task Force Tips fire monitors and valves.The M2 will be equipped with a host of Simrad electronics including multifunction navigation screen…