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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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Box Ship Breaks from Mooring in Boston

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is investigating how a containership broke free from its mooring in Boston on Wednesday morning.   The Coast Guard, along with Massport Fire Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and port tugs responded to 1,065-foot vessel, Helsinki Bridge, that broke free at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal at around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday morning.   Terminal workers aboard the ship at the time were able to safely disembark, and no injuries or pollution have been reported, the Coast Guard said.   The incident caused some damage to the pier, local media reported.   A docking pilot boarded the vessel and worked with the ship's crew to escort the Helsinki Bridge to Broad Sound where it remains anchored.

National Security Cutter Midgett Launched

Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the National Security Cutter Midgett on November 22, 2017. The ship will be christened during a ceremony on December 9 (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has launched its eight National Security Cutter (NSC) built for the U.S. Coast Guard. NSC Midgett (WMSL 757) was launched on November 22, 2017, and will be christened during a ceremony on December 9. The ship is named to honor John Allen Midgett, who was awarded the Silver Cup by the U.K. Board of Trade in 1918 for the rescue of 42 British sailors aboard the British tanker Mirlo after it was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of North Carolina. He was also awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal by the U.S.

BSEE, USCG Investigating GoM Rig Fatality

(Image: BSEE)

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) are investigating the fatality of a worker on board the Petrobras 10,000 drillship in the Gulf of Mexico. Petrobras America Inc. reported the fatality on board the Transocean Ltd. owned drillship at about 4:45 a.m., December 2, 2017. The rig was in an area of the Gulf known as Walker Ridge 469, about 172 miles south of Port Fourchon, La. The deceased worked for Spencer Ogden Ltd. and was participating in pipe handling operations at the time of his injury.

Sinking of the El Faro Subject of NTSB Meeting

File Image: The El Faro 'black box' VDR (Credit: NTSB)

The NTSB is scheduled to meet Dec. 12, 2017, to determine the probable cause of the Oct. 1, 2015, sinking of the U.S. flagged cargo ship El Faro. The 790-foot vessel set sail from Jacksonville, Florida, on a voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sept. 29, 2015, and sank about 34 hours later near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin. All 33 crewmembers aboard the ship perished in the accident. The NTSB launched an investigation as soon as the sinking was confirmed and with assistance from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, the wreckage and debris field was located Oct.

U.S. Coast Guard Selects FLIR and Raymarine

Photo provided by P.R.Agency

FLIR Maritime announced recently that it has been awarded a $50 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract to provide marine electronics systems under the U.S. Coast Guard’s Scalable Integrated Navigation Systems 2 (SINS-2) program over a five-year period providing the purchaser a right to extend delivery for an additional five years. FLIR will provide electronics systems that will be standard fit on over 2,000 U.S. Coast Guard vessels, ranging from small-class boats through large cutter-class vessels.

VADM Paul Zukunft Nominated to be 25th U.S. Coast Guard Commandant

Vice Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, nominated as the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Jeh Charles Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security, announced on February 28th that Paul F. Zukunft has been nominated by President Obama to be the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. His nomination requires Senate confirmation. Johnson said last Friday, "I am proud to announce President Obama's intent to nominate Vice Admiral Paul F. Zukunft as the 25th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. Since I became Secretary, I have had the opportunity to get to know Vice Admiral Zukunft, and if confirmed he will be a great leader for the future of the Coast Guard. As a 37 year veteran of the U.S.

U.S., Canadian Coast Guards Train Together

In this photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, (counterclockwise from right) a Canadian coast guardsman and U.S. Coast Guardsmen Seaman Apprentice Anthony Kelley, Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian Abel and Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Wilkinson transfer Canadian coast guardsman Liam Jeffrey to U.S. Coast Guard Station Eastport's boat during a simulated search and rescue exercise in the Bay of Fundy off Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009. Personnel from U.S.

Merchant Mariner Sentenced

Joseph A. Boevink (51) of Panama City, Fla., was sentenced by United States District Judge Thomas S. Zilly in Seattle to two months in custody, followed by up to 60 days in a halfway house, and two years of supervised release, for falsely claiming that he had never been convicted of a criminal offense on an application for Merchant Mariner license submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard in Seattle in January 2001. The U.S. Coast Guard is required under federal law to issue such licenses, called Merchant Mariner Documents, to individuals employed on large merchant vessels. One of the purposes of the license is to ensure that the U.S. Coast Guard knows who has access to, and is traveling on, merchant vessels that operate within United States waters.

More than 100 USCG Vessels Install KVH mini-VSAT

A fast-response cutter of the U.S. Coast Guard is one of several classes of cutters with KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband systems onboard as the connectivity solution.

The ongoing maritime VSAT installations are part of KVH’s 10-year contract with the U.S. KVH Industries, Inc., said it has surpassed the 100-vessel mark in its 10-year contract to supply the next-generation satellite communications solution for the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of small cutters. To date, KVH’s TracPhone V7  systems have been deployed on 105 USCG vessels across eight different classes of cutters, and KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband service has provided 29.2 terabytes of data and more than 835,000 Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) minutes.

U.S. Coast Guard to Reinstate Tuition Assistance

The U.S. Coast Guard joins the Department of Defense in reinstating tuition assistance in response to an amendment that was inserted into the General Provisions of the 2013 Appropriations Bill. The amendment to the Appropriations Bill submitted by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), directs the U.S. Coast Guard, a component of Department of Homeland Security, placed under the category of "other departments or agencies" to restore funding for Tuition Assistance set aside under Sequestration. The U.S. Coast Guard has averaged nearly 10,000 enrollees a year for the last three years and expected around the same number this year. To date 7,000 members have participated. U.S. Coast Guard officials are working to establish a timeline for reinstatement of Tuition Assistance.

USCG Statement Regarding Transit Near Fukushima, Japan

In response to the situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, the U.S. Coast Guard recommends, as a precaution, that vessels avoid transiting within 50 miles (43 nautical miles/80 kilometers) of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (37°N, 141°01'E). Mariners are advised that this recommendation should be considered a minimum distance. Prudent route planning should incorporate prevailing and changing wind and weather conditions, in addition to the other precautionary measures. In the event a vessel bound for a U.S. port transits within the 50 mile (43 nautical miles/80 kilometers) cautionary area, the U.S. Coast Guard recommends the vessel's master submit transit information, including the date and total time within the cautionary area, to the cognizant U.S.

US, Malaysia Bolster Port Security Partnership

Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Gavilanes (Far Right/Light Blue Shirt), Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Beaudoin (Brown Shirt), Lt. Alejandro Collazo (Light Blue Shirt/Hand Gesture) and Mr. Tivo Romero (Aloha Shirt). (Photo courtesy Penang Port Sdn Bhd.)

A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team completed a bilateral engagement with Malaysian officials in April. This engagement involved sharing best practices and visiting with the Ministry of Infrastructure Marine and Ports Division to observe the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code at three port facilities: Northport, Port Klang and two port facilities in Penang; Swettenham Cruise Terminal and North Butterworth Container Terminal.

Ship Surveyor Guilty in Ship Safety Case

Miami Man Convicted for Obstruction of Justice and False Statements for Certifying Ships Safe for Sea. A federal jury in Miami yesterday convicted a Miami-based ship surveyor for lying to the Coast Guard and for falsely certifying the safety of ships at sea, announced Ignacia S. Moreno, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice; Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Rear Admiral William D. Baumgartner, Commander, 7th Coast Guard District; and Jonathan Sall, Special Agent in Charge, U.S.

Sea Star Assists Vessel Rescue

El Morro (Photo courtesy Sea Star Line)

While in transit from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico, the crew of Sea Star Line’s El Morro vessel received distress calls from a small fishing vessel in the Atlantic Ocean. The fishing vessel was attempting to hail the U.S. Coast Guard’s Jacksonville Sector with no success due to a weak transmission signal. The crew of El Morro intercepted the communications from the fishing vessel and began relaying information to the U.S Coast Guard in Jacksonville. The U.S.

Coast Guard Maritime Reconnaissance Radar Contract for Excelis

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Exelis say they have received a $32 million, 5-year IDIQ (indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity) award to supply airborne surveillance radars, spares, support equipment and technical services to the U.S. Coast Guard. The company explains that integrated on the U.S. Coast Guard’s HC-130J Super Hercules long-range surveillance aircraft, the AN/APY-11 multimode radar is designed to support the service’s maritime reconnaissance mission, which includes long-range surveillance, search and rescue, drug interdiction, counterterrorism and maritime environmental support.

USCG, RCAF to Conduct Joint Training

A Royal Canadian Air Force CH-146 Griffon helicopter taxis past a U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-65D Dolphin helicopter after joint training operations

The crew of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City is hosting an international joint search-and-rescue exercise with members of the Royal Canadian Air Force beginning Tuesday in and around the Traverse City area. The Royal Canadian Air Force's 424th Transport and Rescue Squadron based at CFB Trenton, Ontario, will be flying a CC-130 Hercules aircraft and a CH-146 Griffon helicopter during the search-and-rescue exercises taking place from October 13 to October 15th. U.S. Coast Guard…

Gevo Supplies Test Fuel to USCG

Gevo, Inc. has begun supplying the U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center with initial quantities of finished 16.1% renewable isobutanol-blended gasoline for engine testing. “Gevo’s proprietary isobutanol-blended gasoline is truly a drop-in fuel, deliberately designed to be fully compliant with marine fuel specifications, including fit-for-purpose properties,” said Patrick Gruber, Gevo’s chief executive officer. The U.S. Coast Guard R&D Center is using the Gevo-blended fuel as part of a 12-month, long-term operational study on marine engines that began during June. The testing is being performed under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the U.S.

US, Japan Partner to Improve Port Security

A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team meets with Japanese officials. The engagement involved sharing best practices and visiting with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s Ports and Harbors Bureau to observe the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code at two port facilities in Hakata, Japan: the Hakata Chuo passenger wharf and the Hakata island city area container terminal. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Activities Far East)

A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team completed a bilateral engagement with Japanese officials during the second week of March. The engagement involved sharing best practices and visiting with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s Ports and Harbors Bureau to observe the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code at two port facilities in Hakata, Japan: the Hakata Chuo passenger wharf and the Hakata island city area container terminal. “Everyone has security responsibilities in our global economy.

State of the Coast Guard Video Released

The U.S. Coast Guard released video imagery March 4 of Commandant, Adm. Thad Allen delivering his State of the Coast Guard address here at the National Press Club, March 3. In his address, Allen outlined the service's goals and priorities for 2009, and addressed how demand for the Coast Guard has never been higher. As an armed service, Department of Homeland Security component agency, National Intelligence Community member and the Nation's lead representative in the International Maritime Organization…

Ingalls Authenticates Keel of NSC Midgett

Ship Sponsor Jazania O’Neal writes her initials onto a steel plate that will be welded inside Midgett (WMSL 757), the National Security Cutter named in honor of her grandfather, John Allen Midgett. Pictured with O’Neal are (left to right) Capt. Christopher Webb, commanding officer, U.S. Coast Guard Project Resident Office Gulf Coast; Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias; and Jack Beard, a structural welder at Ingalls. Photo by Lance DavisHII

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division today authenticated the keel of the eighth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Midgett (WMSL 757). “The National Security Cutter Program is vital to our Coast Guard, our country and to Ingalls Shipbuilding,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “Today, we lay the foundation upon which this great ship will be built. The ship is named to honor John Allen Midgett, who was awarded the silver cup by the U.K.

Hearing, Budget Requests for CG, MARAD, FMC

May 13, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, will convene a Subcommittee hearing to consider the Obama Administration’s FY2010 budget requests for the U.S. Coast Guard, Maritime Administration (MARAD), and Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The President requested $9.5b in FY2010 for the Coast Guard (an increase of 4.1 percent over the amount enacted in FY2009), $345.5m for MARAD (a 10 percent increase), and $24.5m for FMC (a 7.5 percent increase). Who: Congressman Elijah E. When: Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 2:00 p.m. Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2167, Independence Ave. at S. Capitol St., SW, Washington, D.C. Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant, U.S. Master Chief Charles W.

Arctic Marine Survey Work: NOAA & Coastguard Join Hands

Installing survey monitors cutter Spar: Photo courtesy of NOAA

With 3.4 million square nautical miles of U.S. waters to survey and chart, Coast Survey is up against some big challenges in keeping nautical charts current, consequently NOAA joins hands with the US Coast Guard to provide the best possible safety service to shipping. With the Alaskan coast comprising 57% of the U.S. navigationally significant waters, a multi-agency partnership for hydro survey data is necessary for maritime safety. Since 2008, NOAA has been working with the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska to improve shipping safety.

Coast Guard Continues Support in Haiti

The U.S. Coast Guard, the first Department of Homeland Security agency to provide assistance to Haiti following Tuesday's earthquake, continues to provide support Thursday to the U.S. Government's humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts. The Homeland Security Task Force-Southeast has been activated in the U.S. Coast Guard 7th District. Based in Miami, this task force will be responsible for supporting U.S. Agency for International Development relief efforts and will be under the direction of Rear Adm. Robert Branham who is also the commanding officer of the Coast Guard's 7th District. U.S. Coast Guard C-130 fixed-wing aircraft and HH-60 helicopters evacuated 142 U.S. citizens to the Dominican Republic Thursday,  and medevaced seven U.S. citizens to Florida.

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