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23 Mar 2020

Grand Princess Crewmember Medevaced

The Grand Princess arrives in Oakland on March 9 (Photo: Port of Oakland)

A crewmember aboard the coronavirus-stricken Grand Princess cruise ship was medevaced after suffering a medical emergency, the U.S. Coast Guard said.The Coast Guard said it was notified by the ship that a man in his early-40s needed further medical attention Saturday morning.Coast Guard watchstanders consulted the duty flight surgeon who recommended the crewmember be medevaced from the Grand Princess. The Coast Guard dispatched a Coast Guard Station San Francisco 45-foot Response…

12 Mar 2020

Coronavirus-hit Princess Cruises Suspends Operations

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Princess Cruises, the operator of two coronavirus-stricken ships, said on Thursday it would suspend global operations of its 18 cruise ships for two months, sending shares of its parent company Carnival Corp down 22% in premarket trading.The Grand Princess was denied entry to San Francisco Bay last Wednesday en route back from Hawaii as authorities learned some passengers and crew had developed flu-like symptoms, and that patrons from an earlier cruise to Mexico aboard the same ship had tested positive for coronavirus.The Diamond Princess cruise ship…

10 Mar 2020

Passengers Sue Over Coronavirus-hit Cruise Ship

(Photo: Port of Oakland)

A Florida couple who was aboard the coronavirus-hit Grand Princess ocean liner has sued the ship’s owner for more than $1 million, claiming the company put profits over safety and did not have proper screening protocols in place.Ronald and Eva Weissberger of Broward County, Florida sued Princess Cruise Lines Ltd, a unit of Carnival Corp, alleging the company caused them emotional distress and trauma as they fear they will develop the COVID-19, a flu-like disease caused by the…

10 Mar 2020

Grand Princess Docks in Oakland

(Photo: Port of Oakland)

Weary passengers aboard a cruise ship idled at sea for days by a coronavirus outbreak erupted in cheers on Monday as the vessel sailed into San Francisco Bay en route to the Port of Oakland and the next, unexpected phase of their voyage - two weeks of quarantine.The 2,400 passengers, who have been largely confined to their staterooms since Thursday, were to begin disembarking on Monday for transport to quarantine stations or hospitals, depending on whether they are well or need immediate medical attention.Except for those with acute illness…

09 Mar 2020

Grand Princess Passengers Bound for Coronavirus Quarantine

(Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

An ocean liner barred from returning to port in San Francisco due to a coronavirus outbreak on board will dock briefly at a nearby terminal in Oakland, where passengers will be unloaded and sent on to medical and quarantine sites elsewhere, officials said on Sunday.The cruise ship Grand Princess, whose guests have been largely confined to their staterooms since Thursday, is due to arrive at the Port of Oakland on Monday to begin immediately disgorging its 2,400 passengers, California Governor Gavin Newsom told a news conference.Nearly all 1…

05 Mar 2020

California Holds Cruise Ship Offshore for Coronavirus Screening

Grand Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

An ocean liner that previously carried two passengers who contracted the coronavirus was barred on Wednesday from returning to its home port of San Francisco from a voyage to Hawaii after at least 20 people aboard fell ill.California Governor Gavin Newsom said the cruise ship Grand Princess would remain at sea until passengers and crew complaining of symptoms that may be consistent with the coronavirus can be tested to determine whether they have it.Coronavirus testing kits will…

03 Mar 2020

Foss Maritime Christens Tier 4 Tug

Jamie Ann (Photo: Foss Maritime)

Seattle-based Foss Maritime christened the new 90-ton tugboat Jamie Ann on February 29.The first of four new ASD-90 tugs under construction at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, Wash., the newbuild will be followed by sister vessels Sarah Averick, Leisa Florence and Rachael Allen, all scheduled to be delivered this year for service within the Saltchuk Marine family of companies.Jamie Ann’s upgrades include two MTU Tier 4 engines producing 6,866 horsepower which meet the EPA’s highest standards.

11 Feb 2020

Oakland Port Volume Jump 7.3% in January

Image: Port of Oakland

San Francisco Bay-based container ship facility Port of Oakland said its containerized import volume jumped 7.3 percent last month over January 2019 totals.Exports were up, too, the Port said, lifting hopes for recovery from a U.S.-China trade war. One question remained, however: would concern over the fast-spreading coronavirus dampen trade growth?“It’s possible,” said Port of Oakland Maritime Director John Driscoll. “The uptick in January was encouraging but we’re hearing from…

06 Feb 2020

Trieste: 60th Anniversary of Deepest Dive

At 88 years young, Capt. Walsh still runs the day-to-day operations of International Maritime, a consulting company he established in 1976.
Image Courtesy Don Walsh.

Plunging into the deep, dark abyss of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench, U.S. Navy Lt. Don Walsh and Swiss engineer Jacques Piccard heard a loud cracking sound in their vessel—the bathyscaphe Trieste, which the Office of Naval Research (ONR) purchased for scientific observations.Already 30,000 feet below sea level, Walsh and Piccard faced the ultimate decision—risk their lives to become the first people to travel to the deepest part of the ocean, the Challenger Deep, or return to safety.The crack had scarred one of Trieste’s outer plexiglass panels.

27 Jan 2020

Red and White and Green All Over

Enhydra is Red and White Fleet’s first step toward its goal of reaching a zero emissions fleet by 2025. (Photo: Red and White Fleet)

INSIGHTS: Thomas C. Escher, Chairman, Red and White FleetIn 1960, Tom Escher, the grandson of the founder and now the current owner, started working as a sweeper and a mechanics helper on the Red and White vessels. In 1997, Escher purchased the Red and White Fleet, becoming the third generation of the family to own and operate the business. In September 2018, Red and White Fleet welcomed Enhydra, the newest and largest addition to the fleet. Enhydra is the first 600-passenger hybrid-drive vessel operating in the United States.

19 Jan 2020

Oakland Container Volumes Down 1.8% in 2019

Image: Port of Oakland

The container ship facility located in the San Francisco Bay, Port of Oakland 2019 container volume decreased 1.8 percent from 2018. The Port attributed the decline to fewer empty containers but said loaded import and export containers were at a record high.Oakland handled the equivalent of 2.5 million 20-foot containers (TEUs) in 2019 versus 2.55 million in 2018. The Port attributed the dip to a 13 percent drop in empty container handling.On the other hand, export volume increased 3.7 percent last year, the Port said. Imports were up 1 percent.

15 Jan 2020

Crowley Realigns Its Marine Services Group

(Photo: Crowley)

US-based Crowley Maritime Corp. announced on Wednesday that it has realigned its marine services organization and introduced new leadership.In a move that aims to provide better support to customers, Crowley Marine Services, part of the company’s shipping arm, will now be comprised of three distinct, yet interrelated business segments: offshore services, ship assist and tanker escort and engineering services – those provided by Crowley and subsidiary Jensen Maritime Consultants.Jeff Andreini…

27 Dec 2019

Captain Pleads Guilty to Operating Bulker While Intoxicated

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The master of a Gibraltar-flagged bulk carrier has pleaded guilty to operating a commercial cargo ship while intoxicated, announced U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson and U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Marie Byrd.In pleading guilty, Vadim Humenyuk, of Izmail, Ukraine, admitted that he was intoxicated while serving as the 590-foot long Rainbow Quest while in San Francisco Bay and preparing to sail to South Korea. The plea was accepted by U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas S. Hixon.The investigation began on Tuesday…

20 Nov 2019

Moose Boats Awarded New Vessel Contract

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Moose Boats, a boat designer and manufacturer in the San Francisco Bay Area, was awarded a contract from the State of California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife for the construction of an M1-46 catamaran to serve as an offshore Game Warden boat.Twin Volvo Penta D11-625hp turbo diesel propulsion engines, Twin Disc transmissions and Hamilton water-jets with Blue Arrow and Jet Anchor station-keeping controls will power the 46 foot aluminum catamaran. Accommodations are designed…

16 Oct 2019

Oakland Port Container Volume Up 3.1% YTD

Pic: Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland is a major container ship facility located in Oakland, California, in the San Francisco Bay, said that its loaded container volume from January through September increased 3.1 percent compared to the same period in 2018.The Port said that despite a dip last month, loaded exports are outpacing last year’s numbers.Loaded imports are up 3.5 percent and loaded exports are up 2.7 percent compared to the same January-September period in 2018.The Port attributed this…

01 Oct 2019

California Launches Offshore Wind Coalition

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A group of offshore wind industry members that includes Equinor, Magellan Wind and Principle Power have launched an offshore wind group in California.The Offshore Wind California (OWC) said it is  committed to providing industry expertise, innovative solutions, and a dedicated voice for offshore wind in California.OWC is poised to lead the promotion of responsible and sustainable deployment of offshore wind power in the state's energy system.California is well-positioned to break out as the next investment hot spot for America's booming offshore wind industry…

16 Sep 2019

Oakland Port Refrigerated Exports Jump 20%

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The Port of Oakland’s refrigerated exports have jumped 20% in past year. The Port said it handled 119,756 20-foot containers of refrigerated exports from August 2018 through July 2019. That was up from 99,740 in the same period a year ago."The figures reinforce Oakland’s position as the largest exporter of refrigerated cargo in containers among U.S. ports," said a press release from the container ship facility located in Oakland, California, in the San Francisco Bay.“Our business partners are investing to meet increased overseas demand for U.S.

13 Sep 2019

Oakland Port Opens Peak Season

Pic: Port of Oakland

The container ship facility in the San Francisco Bay Port of Oakland said that peak season has begun with growth in containerized cargo volume. The Port reported that import loads increased 3.1 percent last month compared to August 2018. Exports rose 1 percent. Empty container shipments declined 14 percent.The Port said it handled the equivalent of 88,323 20-foot loaded import containers last month. That made it Oakland’s busiest August ever for inbound loads. Export volume was 75,080 containers, the Port said.

28 Aug 2019

Dutra Launches Hydraulic Dump Scow

Photo courtesy of DCA

On August 20, 2019, Dutra’s new Jones Act built Hydraulic Dump Scow ES15 was successfully launched, christened, commissioned and will finish sea trials and additional testing this week. Next week the ES15 will head to Massachusetts to to work on the Boston Harbor Deepening Project.ES15 is a 6,000cy Hydraulic Dump Scow built in Corn Island Shipyard in Grandview, Indiana, located at 734 Mile Marker on the Ohio River. Departing from Corn Island, IN  on August 27, 2019, the vessel will head south on the Ohio River…

12 Aug 2019

Oakland Port Sees Record Imports in July

Pic: Port of Oakland

The Port of Oakland, a container ship facility located in Oakland, California, in the San Francisco Bay, said that July was the busiest in the Port’s 92-year history for containerized import cargo. According to the Port, it handled the equivalent of 90,598 20-foot import containers in July. It was the first time ever that Oakland import volume had crossed the 90,000-container threshold in a single month.The total surpassed the Port’s old monthly record of 87,207 containers set in June 2018, it said.July import volume was up 7.5 percent from the same period a year ago.

06 Aug 2019

Oakland Port Uncertain on Shipping Outlook

Pic courtesy: Port of Oakland

Uncertainty clouds the peak season container shipping outlook with more threatened tariffs on Chinese imports to the U.S. looming, said the Port of Oakland.However, the container ship facility located in Oakland, California, in the San Francisco Bay, added that here’s no uncertainty about handling the annual August-November cargo rush.“The Port is operating efficiently, ships are getting in-and-out on time and cargo is moving without delay,” said Maritime Director John Driscoll.

02 Aug 2019

Green Marine Certification for Stockton Port

Pic: © 2019 Port of Stockton

The Port of Stockton in San Joaquin Valley, in the extended San Francisco Bay Area, has achieved certification from Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental certification program for North America’s maritime industry.Certification recognizes the Port of Stockton’s commitment to continuously reducing its environmental footprint.Green Marine Executive Director David Bolduc presented Port of Stockton’s Director of Environmental and Public Affairs Jeff Wingfield with the…

26 Jul 2019

Port of Oakland Exports Up with Asian Help

Image: Port of Oakland

The San Francisco Bay container ship facility Port of Oakland said that  its containerized export volume  increased in the first half of 2019 thanks to China’s neighbors.Port data released today showed double-digit export volume percentage increases through June 30 to South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. Trade with those three nations alone offset a 17 percent drop in exports to China, the Port said.Exports to China have dropped by the equivalent of 14,000 20-foot cargo containers this year, the Port said. China is Oakland’s largest trading partner.

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