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Friday, July 20, 2018

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Alfa Laval Offers CBT for BWTS Ops

Photo: Alfa Laval

Lack of crew knowledge is not a valid reason for non-compliance in ballast water treatment. This is clear from statements made by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and is also suggested by the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention guidelines. To help customers manage the challenge of keeping crews updated and trained, Alfa Laval is introducing Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 Computer-Based Training (CBT). Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 CBT is an online/offline training tool that serves as a complement to crew training on board or at training centers.

U.S. Coast Guard Responding to Barge Fire on Mississippi River

Accumulating water from firefighting causes barge to begin sinking.   The U.S. Coast Guard reported late last night that it was responding to a sinking barge near the Huey P. Long Bridge in New Orleans, LA.   Coast Guard reports have the barge moored at a fleeting area, and was ablaze at Mile Marker 105 on the Mississippi River. Beyond this, and as water accumulated during firefighting efforts, the barge - loaded with scrap cars - began to sink.   As of approximately 2100 hours CDT last night, no injuries had been reported.   Reporting by Karen Rodrigues

Workboat Design: Interview with Bob Hill

Robert P. (Bob) Hill, President, Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp.

Robert (Bob) Hill of Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp., of Milford, MA has specialized in the design of AT/B’s for many years. As probably the world's most experienced designer of large articulated tug/barge (AT/B) systems, Hill’s success comes, in part, from a willingness to innovate. Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corporation and Robert Hill are the co-inventors of the Intercon Connection System. In a nutshell, his firm has had a hand in over 70% of the operational AT/B’s in service in America – including, 80% of those built or converted since 1994.

U.S. Yards: Competing – and Winning – Here and Across the Big Pond

Chris Allard, CEO of Metal Shark

Louisiana-based Metal Shark powers into the second half of 2018 with a healthy backlog, multiple recent deliveries into foreign markets, and a portfolio of patrol craft that has attracted multiple clients – here and abroad. Key patrol boat contracts for this rapidly expanding builder include the U.S. Coast Guard Response Boat – Small (RB-S). Over 300 of these units are service since the award of the contract in 2012 and, says Metal Shark, new units are in production and shipping weekly. Separately, over 50 of the U.S.

Bahamas Tour Boat Explosion Kills One, Injures Nine

According to a report on time.com a tour boat exploded in the Bahamas this weekend, killing an American woman and injuring nine others. According to the time.com report, 12 people in total were onboard, including 10 Americans and a pair of Bahamians.  Accoring to the report, the U.S. Coast Guard  received a call from the Royal Bahamas Police Force “requesting assistance after boaters suffered from various injuries,” on Saturday morning. Four people were reportedly evacuated to Florida, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Five victims were airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital on New Providence Island in the Bahamas.

REGULATORY WATCH: The Global 0.50% Sulfur Cap: 30 months and counting down …

Industry frets about the coming deadline. Shipping desperately wants to be ready, but will global shore-based infrastructure and refining capacity match the demand that is sure to come? And … are regulators listening to industry’s concerns? In early June, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a public workshop in Washington to help the agencies prepare for the January 1, 2020 deadline for worldwide implementation of very low sulfur marine fuel that meets the new 0.50% sulfur cap as set forth by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

MarineCFO’s Martin Earns SubM Auditor Status

Laura Martin (Photo: MarineCFO)

Laura Martin, VP of Sales & Client Relations at MarineCFO, has earned her certification as a SubChapterM and ISM Lead Auditor.“MarineCFO is committed to the inland and offshore maritime marketplace”, said Laura Martin. ”We feel it’s important to not only understand the needs of the vessel operators but also to put ourselves in the shoes of the safety inspectors and auditors who serve them so we can better understand how to provide products that contribute to the safety of our customers and prospective customers.”Through a week-long course led by Decatur Marine…

Eastern Conducts OPC Final Critical Design Review for USCG

(Image: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) said it has conducted its Final Critical Design Review (FCDR) with the U.S. Coast Guard on June 29, 2018 for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) Program.This accomplishment comes after a week of discussions, demonstrations and design presentations by ESG’s design team to the USCG and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The purpose of the FCDR is to verify that the OPC detail design is integrated and internally consistent with the USCG requirements…

Bollinger: New Icebreakers Could be Built in Florida

Bollinger’s President Ben Bordelon (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

As the U.S. Coast Guard continues planning for the construction of the new icebreakers it desperately needs, U.S. shipbuilder Bollinger Shipyards says it has a facility suitable to build them.Bollinger says it has selected Tampa Shipyard for the design and construction of up to three heavy polar icebreakers, and three additional medium sized icebreakers under consideration by the U.S. Coast Guard.“We are excited to respond to the Coast Guard’s need to recapitalize its depleted polar capabilities,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger’s President and CEO.

The EPA's Clean Water Act and Understanding VGP

The Vessel General Permit (VGP) falls under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA), better known as the Clean Water Act. It is administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an agency not well known or understood by the maritime industry.For years, the EPA had adopted a policy of broadly exempting discharges into the water that were incidental to normal operation of vessels. That changed after environmental advocacy groups prevailed in a judicial challenge. The first iteration of the VGP entered into effect in 2008 and remained in effect until replaced by the current iteration in 2013.

Maritime Distress Beacon Gains North American Approval

McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS EPIRB (Image: Orolia)

Orolia’s McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) has been approved by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada.The world’s first EPIRB to contain both the international 406 MHz alert frequency and the localized rescue power of the Automatic Identification System (AIS), the McMurdo SmartFind G8 AIS is now ready to order for leisure and commercial maritime use across the U.S.

Cruise Ship Passenger Dies after Going Overboard

Coast Guard rescue crew members transfer an unresponsive individual to local Emergency Medical Service personnel after recovering him the water near the Strait of Juan de Fuca on July 10, 2018. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

A cruise ship passenger who went overboard near the Strait of Juan de Fuca has been pronounced dead.The U.S. Coast Guard said the 73-year-old male was unresponsive when he was recovered by a helicopter rescue crew from the water near the west coast Canada/U.S. border.The overboard passenger was transferred to local Emergency Medical Service personnel waiting on shore and then to the Olympic Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Command…

MarAd: Buzby in Hanoi for Meetings

Photo: Maritime Administration

On July 11-12, 2018, Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby met with ‎the Vietnam Maritime Administration\\'s (VINAMARINE) Administrator Dr. Nguyen Xuan Sang and Deputy Administrator Dr. Bui Thien Thu in Hanoi, Vietnam. This meeting, under the implementation of the US-Vietnam Bilateral Agreement, included discussions on the topics of maritime policy, vessels safety and security, port infrastructure development, maritime workforce and mariner training. On July 12th, Administrator Buzby visited the ports of Hai Phong and Lach Huyen. The US Coast Guard and US Department of State also participated.

Workboats & SUB M: July 20, 2018 & Beyond

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The bottom line is 46 CFR Subchapter M is drastically changing the landscape of towing operations within the United States. Some impacts we have identified and other will come to light as time passes.As the Subchapter M compliance deadline approaches on July 20, 2018, I have had the chance to discuss these new laws and their impact with a variety of Assured’s with diverse backgrounds and widely varying commercial tug operations.From my experience, there is still a great deal of confusion regarding the compliance requirements relating to Sub Chapter M.

Vice Commandant Visits USCG Research Center

Admiral Ray, CT Auxiliary member Bruce Buckley and USCG RDC Commanding Officer Captain Greg Rothrock (Photo: Nicole Foguth)

The U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) in New London, Conn. hosted the service’s new Vice Commandant – Admiral Charles Ray on Wednesday. He was onboard the Service’s research center to receive an update on several projects, including CubeSATS, UUV, Small UAS, Sunken Oil, cUAS, Artificial Intelligence, and Blue Force Tracking. Additionally, he will celebrate the growing relationship between the RDC, commissioned in 1972, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.Admiral Ray, a 1981 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, is the Coast Guard’s 31st Vice Commandant.

Video: Sick Cruise Ship Passenger Medevaced

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard District 7

On Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a man suffering from stomach pains from a cruise ship 80 miles east of Charleston, S.C.The cruise ship Adventure of the Sea contacted Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders stating a passenger was in need of emergency care.An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah launched and arrived at 7:30 p.m., hoisted the passenger and transported him to Medical University South Carolina for further care.

‘Lava Bomb’ Strikes Tourist Boat in Hawaii

(Photo: USGS)

Nearly two dozen sightseers were injured from a lava explosion that sent debris hurtling onto a tourist boat in Hawaii. Officials said one passenger suffered a broken leg and others were burned when the volcanic blast launched a “basketball-sized lava bomb” through the vessel’s roof.At approximately 6 a.m. Monday, U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders in Honolulu received a report from 911 that sightseers and crewmembers aboard the tour boat Hot Shot had been injured near the Kilauea…

Philly Shipyard Looks to End Order Drought

(Photo: Philly Shipyard, Inc)

Philly Shipyard said it is in the early stages of potentially securing an order to build two Jones Act compliant medium range (MR) product tankers for an undisclosed buyer.The U.S. shipbuilder revealed in its second quarter report that it has executed a nonbinding Term Sheet with a potential customer for the construction of two newbuild 50,000 DWT tankers for targeted deliveries in Q4 2020 and Q1 2021.In order to support the delivery timetable, the Aker-backed shipyard has initiated preliminary design work for the tankers.

Metal Shark is Competing - and Winning - Here and Oversees

(Photo: Metal Shark)

U.S. shipbuilder Metal Shark powers into the second half of 2018 with a healthy backlog, multiple recent deliveries into foreign markets, and a portfolio of patrol craft that has attracted multiple clients – here and abroad.At a time when more than a few workboat builders are feeling the pain of lingering offshore malaise and an oversupplied inland market that no longer needs large quantities of barges, Louisiana-based Metal Shark has found its groove in a suddenly active and highly competitive niche market.

Eighty-two Crowley Vessels Earn Safety Awards

Pictured above are: Captain Andrew Sugimoto, Chief of Staff to RADM Thomas of the Eight USCG District and Jim Varley, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Shipping of America with Crowley Captains (clockwise in center) Tod Doane, William Butler, Scott Davis and Robert Cope (Photo: Crowley)

Eighty-two Crowley Maritime Corporation vessels recently received the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA)’s annual Jones F. Devlin Awards in recognition of their outstanding safety records in 2017. Each year the CSA grants Devlin Award certificates to manned merchant vessels that have operated for two or more years without incurring a lost time injury (LTI), specifically highlighting the skills and dedication of the crewmembers responsible for safe vessel operations.Crowley’s 2017 Devlin Award-worthy vessels together have achieved an impressive total of 613 years of service without an LTI.

Vessel Response Plans: A Primer for the US Waterfront

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Tom Atkeson)

Congress enacted the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) a mere 17 months after the disastrous oil spill following the grounding of the tanker Exxon Valdez in Prince William Sound. Among the many provisions in the voluminous bill was a detailed planning requirement. For the first time, tank vessels and facilities handling oil in bulk were required to develop extensive plans for responding to a worst case discharge of oil into waters of the United States. As regards vessels and marine-transportation-related facilities, the U.S.

Fire Aboard 1,000-foot Freighter in Lake Superior

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The U.S. Coast Guard received a report of a generator fire aboard a 1,013 foot bulk carrier freighter in Lake Superior, at 4:20 a.m. Monday.The master of motor vessel Paul R. Tregurtha reported the fire extinguished at 5:30 a.m. and stated that there were no injuries or pollution, and all 23 crewmembers are accounted for.The ship is carrying 68,200 tons of coal, 124,000 gallons of fuel and 88,000 gallons of caustic soda.The Coast Guard said it is dispatching resources to monitor the situation and to conduct a marine casualty investigation into the cause of the incident.The Paul R.

Op/Ed: Continuous Improvement for the US Salvage Indsutry

(Photo: ASA)

U.S. salvage industry update: Coast Guard recognition and continuous improvement for the domestic salvage industry and its working professionals.Professional salvors are called in when the ship’s crew is overwhelmed – the last resort to protect lives, minimize environmental impacts and save the ship and cargo. These salvage masters, divers, firefighters, naval architects, heavy lift operators and other salvage team members regularly go into harm’s way and consistently perform incredible feats. They commit their lives and livelihoods to this work.

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