Us Coast Guard News

23 Oct 2020

Tech File: oneTank Ballast Water Treatment System

In mid-September, the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 35th USCG Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate after a detailed review of Seattle-based manufacturer oneTank, LLC’s type approval application determined its system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.The recent U.S. Coast Guard Certificate of Approval, which follows the DNV GL Certificate of Approval awarded on behalf of the Norwegian Maritime Authority in compliance with the International Maritime Organization BWMS Code in July 2020…

22 Oct 2020

Video: USCG Performs Rescue Drill on Wind Turbine off Virginia

(Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

As the U.S. offshore wind industry begins to build up, the U.S. Coast Guard is training to ensure it is prepared to respond to any potential emergency—even at 400 feet in the air.Last week, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and several surface assets from the Virginia area conducted a simulated rescue operation on wind turbines at the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project approximately 28 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach…

22 Oct 2020

Bollinger Delivers 41st Fast Response Cutter to the US Coast Guard

(Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards delivered the USCGC Charles Moulthrope to the U.S. Coast Guard in Key West, Fla., the Louisiana-based shipbuilder announced Thursday. This is the 164th vessel Bollinger has delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard over a 35-year period and the 41st Fast Response Cutter (FRC) delivered under the current program.The 154-foot USCGC Charles Moulthrope is the first of six FRCs to be home-ported in Manama, Bahrain, which will replace the aging 110’ Island Class Patrol Boats, built by Bollinger Shipyards 30 years ago, supporting the Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA), the U.S.

21 Oct 2020

First Tanker Moves to Cameron LNG Plant since Hurricane Delta

Golar Seal - Credit: Demosthenes Kyriakoulis/

The first liquefied natural gas tanker to go to Cameron LNG's export plant in Louisiana since Hurricane Delta was set to arrive on Tuesday.Golar Seal was [on Tuesday] sailing up the Calcasieu Ship Channel on its way to Cameron, according to Refinitiv ship tracking data.The last vessel to go to Cameron was SK Audace on Oct. 4-5, according to the Refinitiv data. That tanker left before Hurricane Delta hit the coast near Cameron on Oct. 9.The U.S. Coast Guard said it will allow vessels…

20 Oct 2020

Tech File: BioBarrier MarineMBR

(Photo: Scienco/FAST)

The BioBarrier MarineMBR series of Type II sewage treatment plant (STP) from marine sewage and water treatment specialist Scienco/FAST is engineered to help meet the increasingly stringent needs of U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) water quality standards and is ideal for water reuse applications, its manufacturer says.With its decades-long history providing adaptable and proven marine sewage devices, environmentally-friendly cleaners and other industrial water management technologies…

20 Oct 2020

NTSB Urges New Safeguards Following Probe into Deadly Conception Boat Fire

Photo of Conception’s burned hull at dawn on September 2, 2019, prior to sinking. (Credit: Ventura County Fire Department via NTSB)

A U.S. safety board on Tuesday called for new safeguards for small passenger vessels following a September 2019 early morning boat fire in California that killed 34 people.The 75-foot (23-m) recreational diving vessel, Conception, with 33 passengers and six crew aboard, was anchored off Santa Cruz Island when it caught fire. All 33 passengers and one crew member died of smoke inhalation because they were trapped in the berthing area while a fire burned above.The National Transportation…

20 Oct 2020

LNG Carriers Going to Sabine Pass Despite Grounded Rig

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Tankers were entering and leaving Cheniere Energy Inc's Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas export plant in Louisiana despite draft limitations in the Sabine-Neches Waterway after a rig ran aground in the channel over the weekend.The U.S. Coast Guard said a large semi-submersible rig, called the Jasminia, drifted into and ran aground in the Sabine Bank Channel, limiting vessels entering the waterway to those with a maximum draft of 36 feet (11 meters).The waterway sits on the Texas…

20 Oct 2020

As the Arctic's Attractions Mount, Greenland is a Security Black Hole

File photo: Chinese research vessel Xue Long (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

On a windy August afternoon in 2017, Akitsinnguaq Ina Olsen was relaxing in the old harbor of Nuuk, Greenland's capital, when a Chinese icebreaker sailed unannounced into the Arctic island's territorial waters."I saw it by chance," Olsen, 50, told Reuters. "My first thought was: 'They're already here!' They're pretty cheeky, those Chinese."She pulled out her phone and took a picture of the 167-meter long Chinese icebreaker Xue Long (Snow Dragon), before it turned around and disappeared.The…

20 Oct 2020

Grounded Offshore Rig Limits Sabine Pass Ship Traffic

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The U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday that a large semi-submersible rig drifted into and ran aground in the Sabine Bank Channel, limiting vessels entering the Sabine-Neches Waterway to those with a maximum draft of 32 feet (9.8 meters).The waterway sits on the Texas-Louisiana border and connects the Gulf of Mexico to Cheniere Energy Inc's Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant and to oil refineries in Port Arthur and Beaumont, Texas.That area is west of where two hurricanes struck in recent weeks.

19 Oct 2020

Cruise Ship Makes Rescue off Florida

(Photo: Carnival Cruise Line)

A cruise ship idling without passengers came to the aid of a small craft in distress in international waters 37 miles off the coast of Palm Beach, Fla., on Saturday.Upon seeing the boat in the water, the 855-foot Carnival Sensation maneuvered alongside the craft and provided blankets, life jackets, food and water to the 24 people on board, which included individuals from various nationalities and two children, operator Carnival Cruise Line said.When the boat began taking on water, Carnival Sensation rescued all 24 individuals and brought them on board.

19 Oct 2020

L3Harris Wins Comms Contract for USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter

(Image: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

L3Harris Technologies said it has received a contract from Eastern Shipbuilding Group to provide the integrated communications system for the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC).The Coast Guard has said that the OPC program is the highest acquisition priority in the Coast Guard, providing the capability bridge between the National Security Cutter and Fast Response Cutter.The initial award to L3Harris includes the design, development and production of the first two ship systems with options for up to as many as four OPC systems.

19 Oct 2020

Viega Brings Marine Products in Metric Sizes to North America

Raxofix (Photo: Viega)

Viega LLC said it is introducing three marine pipe pressing systems in metric sizes to the North American market.Now carrying more than 400 marine metric products in North America, Viega said it aims to make construction, maintenance and repairs easier for customers working on vessels which use metric piping. These Viega metric products have proven themselves in Europe and other markets for decades and carry certifications from the U.S. Coast Guard, American Bureau of Shipping…

19 Oct 2020

Interview: Bob Merchent, CEO, Halter Marine

Robert "Bob" Merchent, president and CEO of Halter Marine (Photo: Halter Marine)

Please describe your professional background and what attracted you to your current position.In June 2020, I was named president and chief executive officer of Halter Marine. I had been retired around six years. My wife and I bought a piece of property outside of Brookhaven, Miss., and we were enjoying retired life split between our country property and our home in Gautier, Miss. Earlier this year, I was asked if I would consider a consulting role for Halter Marine, which led…

13 Oct 2020

US Shipyards See Big Business Shifts

The second of three vessels for New York City’s Staten Island Ferry was launched by Eastern Shipbuilding this summer. (Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

The American shipbuilding scene, filled with participants constructing all manner of vessels, has been navigating through stormy times (lately, yards along the Gulf Coast have literally been dealing with storms). The orders for newbuild, repair and conversion projects continue to flow in—albeit at a reduced pace—and the boats and ships go down the ways into the water, but the overall panorama has seen tremendous sea changes as the business has shifted.Maritime businesses worldwide have been grappling with currents both internal and external.

13 Oct 2020

Coast Guard Vessel Collides with Pleasure Boat in Florida

(File photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

A U.S. Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boat and a 23-foot pleasure craft with five people aboard were involved in a collision Saturday near Manatee Pocket, in Florida.As a result of the collision, the pleasure craft began taking on water and became submerged in the channel.The people aboard the pleasure craft were embarked by the Coast Guard boat crew and taken to Sandsprit Park.One person from the pleasure craft was reported to be injured and was transported to Martin County Memorial Hospital for treatment. No other injuries were reported.

12 Oct 2020

FMC: Ocean Shipping Challenges Abound

“The mis-declaration of hazardous materials is an area where we work in cooperation with Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard. The FMC’s Shipping Act concern is the market fraud when a shipper declares to a common carrier in its shipping documents that the tendered cargo is some innocuous variety, when the cargo is properly categorized as hazardous; thereby receiving a lower freight rate.”
– Michael A. Khouri, Chairman, Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)

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Since early Spring 2020, American consumers have received a practical education in supply chain operations. One lesson is that it takes more than simply going online and clicking a “Buy Now” button for goods to show-up on our front porches. While the networks and systems that deliver commodities from around the globe might have been stretched as a result of COVID-19 related impacts, the men and women who move the freight have worked selflessly and tirelessly to meet consumer and manufacturing demand.Early on in the response to COVID-19…

12 Oct 2020

Oil Firms Restoring Output as Hurricane Exits Gulf of Mexico

Shenzi platform - Credit: Hess

U.S. energy companies were returning workers and restarting operations at storm-swept production facilities along the U.S. Gulf Coast on Sunday, two days after Hurricane Delta barreled through the area.Chevron Corp, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BHP Group were returning workers to production platforms in the U.S.-regulated northern Gulf of Mexico, the companies said.BHP expect[ed] to complete the return of workers to its Shenzi and Neptune production platforms on Sunday, spokeswoman Judy Dane said…

08 Oct 2020

Two Crewmembers Medevaced from Tanker in US Gulf

An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter (File photo: Jennifer A. Nease / U.S. Coast Guard)

Two ailing crewmembers were medevaced from a Panamanian flagged tanker approximately 25 miles off Freeport, Texas, Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston were contacted at 1:20 p.m. by the captain of the 473-foot tanker Morholmen requesting assistance for two seafarers on board, aged 29 and 57.The captain said one of the ailing mariners was experiencing abdominal pain and the other was displaying stroke symptoms.A Coast Guard…

08 Oct 2020

Loss of Towline Shackle Pin Led to 2019 Tug Sinking -NTSB

Mangilao (Photo: Cabras Marine Corporation / NTSB)

The loss of a towline shackle pin and deteriorated watertight fittings caused a towing vessel to sink in the Pacific Ocean about 800 miles northwest of Guam, the National Transportation Safety Board revealed in a Marine Accident Brief on Thursday.The 114-foot-long U.S.-flagged tugboat Mangilao sank on August 5, 2019 while being towed to a drydock in Subic Bay, Philippines by the 97-foot U.S.-flagged tug Chamorro. Both vessels were owned and operated by Cabras Marine Corporation.

08 Oct 2020

USCG Takes Delivery of First Upgraded 47' Motor Lifeboat

(Photo: Birdon America)

The U.S. Coast Guard recently accepted the Birdon America's first upgraded 47-foot Motor Lifeboat (47 MLB) at the agency's National Motor Lifeboat School (NMLBS) in Ilwaco, Wash., completing the first major milestone in the MLB Service Life Extension Program (SLEP). The first article vessel will undergo a four-month operational assessment by members of NMLBS.The 47 MLB is the Coast Guard's standard lifeboat, designed to weather hurricane force winds and heavy seas, capable of surviving winds up to 60 knots, breaking surf up to 20 feet and impacts up to three Gs.

08 Oct 2020

Golden Ray Salvage Facing More Delays

File photo: Golden Ray sits grounded in St. Simons Sound, Ga. in February 2020. The vessel will be cut into eight large sections, removed and recycled. (Photo: Brian McCrum / U.S. Coast Guard)

Operations to remove the overturned car carrier Golden Ray in St. Simons Sound, Ga. are facing further delays after new engineering challenges surfaced relating to the mooring system of a specialized heavy-lift crane vessel that will be used for the project.The complex salvage project had been paused earlier this year due to coronavirus concerns and Hurricane Isaias, and now the cutting and lifting operations will be pushed back several weeks to allow engineers to modify the VB-10…

06 Oct 2020

Southwest Shipyard Delivers 250-foot Tank Barge

(Photo: The Shearer Group, Inc.)

Houston's Southwest Shipyard has delivered a 250’ x 54’ x 12’-6”, 23,000 BBL tank barge that will primarily be used to deliver jet fuel to support the U.S. Navy assets.The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) said it was contracted by the builder to develop the barge design.The barge was designed to ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels for Service on Rivers and Intracoastal Waterways and applicable rules by the U.S. Coast Guard for barges Subchapter D & O products on rivers.

06 Oct 2020

US Coast Guard Vice Commandant Tests Positive for COVID-19

Adm. Charles Ray, the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ryan Dickinson)

The Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Charles Ray, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. He was tested the same day, after feeling mild symptoms over the weekend, the Coast Guard said Tuesday.The Coast Guard's second-in-command will quarantine from home in line with the Coast Guard's coronavirus policy. Any Coast Guard personnel that were in close contact with Admiral Ray will also quarantine.Other members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are also quarantining at…

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