Navy Conducts MIO Exercise on USS Whidbey Island
On August 2, the Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) team from amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) conducted training with sailors from Romanian mine countermeasures vessel Lieutenant Dimitrie Nicolescu (MCMV 29) as part of Summer Storm 2011. The maritime interdiction operations (MIO) exercise was one of several evolutions being conducted by Whidbey Island and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). "The purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate to them how we conduct a boarding operation," said Ens. Jason E. Roberson, force protection officer on board Whidbey Island. The details of the exercise were closely coordinated with Lt. Cmdr. Lucian Grigoreseu, Nicolescu commanding officer, during a face-to-face meeting three days earlier.
Golden Nori Vessel Released
GULF OF ADEN (NNS) -- Dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) is in the Gulf of Aden standing by to provide assistance to the crew of the Merchant Vessel Golden Nori. The Panamanian-flagged vessel is currently underway after pirates departed the vessel Dec. 12. Somalia-based pirates seized the Golden Nori Oct. 28 and held the 23-man crew hostage in Somali territorial waters. Coalition forces continued to monitor the situation, taking appropriate steps to prevent the pirates from resupplying the vessel.
United Defense's Norfolk Shipyard Wins Ship Repair Contract
United Defense Industries, Inc. announced today the U.S. Navy's contract award to the Norfolk, Va., shipyard, NORSHIPCO, for the topside phased-maintenance, fixed-price availability work on the dock landing amphibious-class ship USS WHIDBEY ISLAND (LSD-41), the lead ship in its class home-ported in Norfolk. NORSHIPCO is a member of United States Marine Repair, Inc. (USMR), a subsidiary of United Defense. The basic award of the contract is valued at $12.2 million and with funded options, the total contract value would be in excess of $14 million. The ship is scheduled to arrive at NORSHIPCO on September 9, 2002. Work is expected to be completed on February 10, 2003. NORSHIPCO performed a similar availability on the WHIDBEY ISLAND in 1999.
USN Installation Excellence Award Winners
The Navy's annual Installation Excellence Award winners were announced today by Commander, Navy Installations Command. This installation excellence award program recognizes the Navy's top three large and small installations, and rewards installation performance consistent with the command's strategic goals and Office of the Secretary of Defense criteria for the DoD-wide Commander in Chief Installation Excellence Awards. 1st Place: Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island (led by Capt. M. K. 2nd Place: NAS Lemoore (led by Capt. M. G. 3rd Place: Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay (led by Capt. J. W.
Mukilteo Dock/Cathlamet Investigation Report Finalized
Washington State Ferries announced the results of the investigation into the Cathlamet incident at Mukilteo on June 1st. At approximately 5:44 a.m. that morning, the Washington State Ferry MV Cathlamet, sailing from Clinton (on Whidbey island) to Mukilteo hit the north wingwall at over seven knots, causing $139,000 damage to the ferry and over $1 million in needed terminal repairs. Port Captain Mark McElwaine, lead investigator into the incident, conducted extensive research interviews with crew members and reviewed GPS Tracking of the Cathlamet incident.
NORSHIPCO wins $12M Contract
Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corp., Norfolk, Va., is being awarded a $12,213,324 fixed-price contract for the Phased Maintenance Availability of USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41). Work will be performed in Norfolk and is to be completed by February 2003. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured and advertised via the Internet, with five proposals solicited and two offers received. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, U.S. Navy, Portsmouth, Va., is the contracting activity (N62678-02-C-2081).
Navy to Christen Experimental (X-Craft) Sea Fighter
(Pictured is the Littoral Surface Craft – Experimental, "X-Craft," will be christened SEA FIGHTER (FSF-1) on 5 February 2005. designate it as the first Fast Sea Frame, Saturday, Feb. ceremony at Nichols Bros. Boat Builders, Whidbey Island, Wash. Rep. will deliver the principal address. sponsor. waters. packages. development at sea. in length and displaces 950 tons. navigational draft of 11.5 feet. and two waterjets will power Sea Fighter to speeds reaching 50 knots. Fighter's crew will consist of 16 Navy sailors and 10 Coast Guardsmen.
Six Rescued near Oregon, Washington Coast
The Coast Guard rescued six people in three separate search-and-rescue cases Saturday along the Washington and Oregon coastline. On Saturday morning, the Coast Guard rescued three people near Coos Bay, Oregon when their boat overturned. On Saturday evening, two kayakers were stranded between Hope Island and Whidbey Island, Washington when their kayaks capsized and required assistance. Additionally, a 58-year-old man was retrieved from the water after falling from D dock at the Port of Ilwaco, Washington.
Nichols Brothers Introduces Its Biggest Passenger Catamaran Ever
Nichols Brothers, based in Whidbey Island, Wash., recently delivered a 144 ft., 450-capacity passenger catamaran for Catalina Cruises, dubbed Catalina Jet. The vessel, which is the largest passenger catamaran to be constructed by Nichols, will run between Long Beach and Catalina Island at a speed of 36 knots.Employing four Caterpillar electronically controlled 1,950-hp diesel engines, to power Ulstein Bird Johnson waterjets, Catalina Jet is constructed with an active ride control system for comfortable sailing along the Catalina Channel. The system, supplied by Maritime Dynamics is comprised of trim tabs and T-foils beneath the twin…
Coast Guard Terminates Voyage for Fishing Vessel
The Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk terminated the voyage of the 32-ft. fishing vessel Duffy Sunday. The master, Todd Cannon of Everett, was retrieving and setting crab pots in Possession Sound, south of Whidbey Island. A Coast Guard boarding team from the Cuttyhunk conducted a safety inspection and found significant violations. Specifically, the Duffy had expired flares, only one fire extinguisher, and no official identification markings on the boat's hull. The Cuttyhunk escorted the fishing vessel to Everett Marina to fix the violations. After the violations are corrected, the master is encouraged to contact the Coast Guard's fishing vessel safety coordinator to arrange a dockside inspection.
Mukilteo Terminal Work Completed Ahead of Schedule
MUKILTEO - A third weekend closure of the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal April 1-3 won't be necessary, as originally planned, because major preservation work was completed ahead of schedule on Sunday. Additional preservation work will continue for the next month during the evenings, but will not disrupt service. "I greatly appreciate the patience and flexibility of our Whidbey Island and Mukilteo customers," said David Moseley, assistant secretary for Washington State Ferries (WSF). This is one of the busiest routes in the WSF system, carrying nearly 3.9 million passengers in 2010.
Obituary: Tom Katica, ZF Marine Group
It is with sadness that the ZF Marine Group recognizes the passing of Thomas P. “Tom” Katica, our colleague and long time Account Manager for the Western Region. On July 8, 2010, after a two year battle with cancer, Tom finally succumbed peacefully in his home on Whidbey Island, surrounded by family. “This is a great loss, not only for ZF Marine, but the marine industry as a whole,” said , President and General Manager, ZF Marine LLC. “Tom’s passion for our business and this industry was clearly evident every single day. His warm smile greeted everyone he met, and his infectious personality created many life long friendships. Tom Katica's life will be celebrated with a memorial service at St. Anne's Church, Seattle, on Friday, July 30, at 11 a.m.
Dock Landing Ship 'USS Tortuga' Leaves for Spring Deployment
The first Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) landing ship 'USS Tortuga' leaves homeport for deployment in the 7th Fleet's area of responsibility. The forward deployed Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46), part of the Bonhomme Richard ARG, dsparts its homeport, for its spring deployment in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility. Tortuga will take part in an Amphibious Integration Training (AIT) and Certification Exercise (CERTEX), participate in the annual multinational combined joint training exercise Cobra Gold, and conduct various other exercises.
AMCV Awards Columbia Queen Contract
American Classic Voyages (AMCV), granted a $6.4 million contract for construction completion and outfitting on Columbia Queen to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island, Wash. The 161-passenger U.S.-flag riverboat, which will be readied by Nichols for service on the Columbia River system, will be operated under The Delta Queen Steamboat brand. Offering Pacific Northwest cruises beginning in April 2000, Columbia Queen will travel the Columbia, Snake and Willamette rivers during its eight-night vacation package, which features an overnight stay in Portland, as well as a seven-night cruise with various excursions. Scott Young, AMCV executive vice president and president of The Delta Queen Steamboat Co.…
Nichols To Construct 800-Passenger Dinner Boat
Nichols Boat Builders is currently building a new $8 million dinner boat for Argosy Cruises, designed to resemble the bluff-bowed steamboats of the Mosquito Fleet that plied Puget Sound before the turn of the century. The 180 ft. vessel is expected to enter service along the Seattle waterfront in June 2000 carrying 800 passengers on three decks, according to John Blackman, Argosy board chairman and Matt Nichols, president of the Whidbey Island, Wash. boat building company. Powered by a pair of 7,000-hp Lugger engines from Alaska Diesel Electric, with power plants employing Twin Disc deep case reduction gears driving the vessel to a top speed of 11 knots.
ZF Marine Mourns the Passing of Tom Katica
It is with sadness that the ZF Marine Group recognizes the passing of Thomas P. “Tom” Katica, our colleague and long time Account Manager for the Western Region. On July 8, 2010, after a two year battle with cancer, Tom finally succumbed peacefully in his home on Whidbey Island, surrounded by family. “This is a great loss, not only for ZF Marine, but the marine industry as a whole,” said Wolfgang Schmid, President and General Manager, ZF Marine LLC. “Tom’s passion for our business and this industry was clearly evident every single day. His warm smile greeted everyone he met, and his infectious personality created many life-long friendships.
Fleet Week Underway in New York
Now in its 28th year, New York Fleet Week has commenced, with ships from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy sailing into New York Harbor. The weeklong Fleet Week celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984, providing an opportunity for New Yorkers to witness firsthand the capabilities of today’s maritime services, as well as meet sailors, marines and coastguardsmen.
New WSDOT Ferry Salish in Sea Trials
The new Washington State ferry Salish is completing builder’s sea trials in Puget Sound. The vessel is expected to begin serving the Port Townsend-Coupeville route this summer, restoring full two-boat service to the route for the first time since 2007. Contractor Todd Pacific Shipyards is conducting sea trials to demonstrate the vessel to U.S. Coast Guard and WSDOT Ferries Division (WSF) inspectors before WSF accepts delivery of the vessel. Later this spring, WSF crews will begin…
Build Team for WA Ferry Announced
Build-In-Washington Team announced for Washington State's next new ferry. Multi-company approach means 500 jobs across the region. Major members of the build-in-Washington subcontracting team that will build the state’s new 144-car ferry are now set, as prime contractor US Fab today announced final subcontracting agreements with companies, including Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island, Jesse Engineering of Tacoma, Vigor Marine of Everett and Eltech Electric of Seattle. The multi-company, multi-town approach supports more than 500 direct jobs around Puget Sound, including many new hires, and will support an estimated 2,000 additional indirect jobs in the state.
U.S. Senators Urge Support for Small Port Dredging
Cantwell, Senators Urge Support for Dredging of Small Ports, Including Swinomish Channel, Port of Ilwaco. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) has joined a group of Senators in urging key appropriators to include funding for dredging small and low-use ports in the fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget. Small and low-use ports are ports that don’t have enough tonnage to meet the Army Corps of Engineers’ threshold to qualify for annual dredging support but represent important economic engines of the communities they serve.
USS Ashland to the Rescue of Typhoon Soudelor Victims
Through the coordination of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) will depart Guam and arrive in Saipan Aug. 8 to provide relief in the aftermath of Typhoon Soudelor, which devastated the island Aug. 2-3. Agencies including the Government of Guam, American Red Cross, Ayuda Foundation and other non-profit/non-governmental organizations have provided drinking water, bed sheets, food, generators, power lines and other electrical restoration supplies to aid in the effort.
USCG Suspend Search for Crabber Near Anacortes, Wash.
The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a crabber reported overdue near Anacortes, Wednesday. Dean Harvey, 48, of Bremerton, remains missing. Search crews spent 24 hours completing a total of 24 searches that covered a 909 square mile area with no signs of Harvey. “Suspending the search for a missing person is one of the most difficult decisions we must make,” said Cmdr. Brian Meier, chief of response for Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Mr. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles located an overturned and aground vessel reportedly matching the description of Harvey’s near the southeast corner of Lopez Island around 9 a.m. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Adelie towed the vessel to shore.
Bryan Nichols Joins Growing Vigor Shipyard Sales Team
Bryan Nichols, one of the leading maritime business development professionals in the Pacific Northwest, is joining forces with VIGOR Industrial, which owns and operates the premier shipyards in the region. Nichols joins VIGOR as a sales representative for the company, which builds, repairs and modernizes commercial fishing and cargo vessels, ferries and military ships at six locations in the Northwest. Nichols had been sales and marketing manager at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island, Wash. “Joining VIGOR is an exciting next step for me,” Nichols said.