New Commander for NNSY
Capt. William C. Kiestler relieved Rear Adm. (sel.) Richard D. Berkey June 26 as Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s (NNSY) 103rd Commander. In the past three years of Berkey’s command, the shipyard has prepared the carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) for work in Japan, completed Los Angeles-class submarine work, transitioned to mission funding, and participated in the Navy’s largest consolidation of Intermediate and Depot-level ship repair work.
Schat-Harding acquires William Mills
Schat-Harding has acquired specialist lifeboat hook manufacturer William Mills (Marine) Ltd. William Mills makes the Titan, Spartan and Atlas ranges of high quality hooks and release equipment for lifeboats, liferafts, rescue boats and work boats, and is soon to launch a second generation range of Lifeboat Release Equipment. It is involved in the design, development and production of a range of marine lifting gear and disengaging mechanisms and allied products and services, including training.
Crowley Crews To The Rescue
The debate surrounding the cost to value of advnanced tractor tugs is ongoing in the marine business, as most normal operations do not always require the swift manuevers and brute strength these vessels posses. Some owners say the tugboats as “overkill”, and bemoan the higher cost of maintenance in comparison to traditionally driven boats. When an incident such as the one that was recently logged in the Prince William Sound of Alaska happens, though, the tremendous value of these impressive tugboats is apparent and without compare. On July 10, two Crowley escort tugs prevented an accident between an oil tanker and fishing vessel in Prince William Sound.
Crowley Marine Services Accepts Delivery of Tan'Erliq
Crowley Marine Services received delivery of Tan'erliq - the second of two new 10,192 hp tractor tugs from Crowley Maritime Corporation subsidiary, Vessel Management Services. Measuring 155 ft. in length, Tan'erliq and sister vessel Nanuq are the largest and strongest of the cycloidal tugs. The tugs, which together form the Prince William Sound Class, have specifically designed and developed form CMS under contract with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company for tanker escort and spill response operations in Valdez Harbor and Prince William Sound, Alaska.
Beveridge Appointed Joint Hull Committee Chairman
Effective July 1, 2003, the chairmanship of the Joint Hull Committee will pass to William Beveridge. The outgoing chairman, Simon Beale, will remain on the committee. "I have enjoyed my time chairing the JHC, but it is time for me to step down" explained Simon Beale. "William will make a first-class chairman. He combines a formidable intellect with a fresh approach." William Beveridge is currently the Hull Underwriter and Syndicate Deputy Underwriter of XL London Market Syndicate 1209 at Lloyd's.
Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that it received an application from the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Committee (PWSRCAC) for recertification under the Oil Terminal and Oil Tanker Oversight and Monitoring Act of 1990. Comments on this application should be submitted by February 1. 70 Fed. Reg. 2181 (HK Law).
Bay-Houston Towing Buys Tractor Tug
Bay-Houston Towing Co. announced that it has purchased the tractor tug C-TRACTOR 1 from Alpha Marine Services. The tug, which will be renamed the WILLIAM M, will be based in Corpus Christi, TX. The WILLIAM M is a true tractor design, with the Ulstein drive units located forward. This allows the twin EMD 16-645 engines to generate 110,000 pounds of bollard pull both ahead and astern. Her design speed is 12 kts. The WILLIAM M is 102’ long, has a beam of 37’, and a working draft of 17’. The tug was built in 1989 at North American Shipbuilding. The WILLIAM M has considerable fire fighting capability. It can pump 3500 gallons per minute through fore and aft fire fighting monitors.
CEECO Gets Coast Guard Contract
Horne International, Inc. announced that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) awarded a contract to Coast Engine & Equipment Company, Inc. (CEECO) to undertake renovations and repairs on the William Tate, a USCG buoy tender. The estimated value of the contract is $312,000. CEECO is a wholly owned subsidiary of Horne International, a leading program engineering and technology solutions company. Based in Cape Canaveral, Florida, CEECO provides specialized fabrication and maintenance support for ship and maritime navigation systems for U.S. ports and waterways, as well as for industrial customers. The extensive work on the William Tate includes decking and pipe restoration…
USCG: Application to recertify PWSRCAC
The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that it received an application for recertification from the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council (PWSRCAC). The Council monitors the activities of terminal facilities and crude oil tankers under the Prince William Sound program established by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90). Comments on the application should be submitted by February 25. 73 Fed. Reg. 4251 (HK Law)
MV Chenega to be Delayed
In an expectation that the delivery of the state’s second fast vehicle ferry, M/V Chenega, will likely be delayed until late April or even May 1, the Alaska Marine Highway System decided to schedule the M/V Aurora for Prince William Sound service from May 15-June 30. AMHS reservations operators began taking reservations for the Aurora on February 22. “The latest word we have from Derecktor Shipyards in Bridgeport, Conn., is that, due to problems with the shipyard’s electrical subcontractor, delays have been incurred with the equipment testing, dockside and sea trials. The Chenega will not be delivered until late April or as late as May 1,” said AMHS General Manager John Falvey.
Cruise Ship Strikes Bottom
A cruise ship with 72 passengers and 21 crewmembers headed to Whittier hit bottom Thursday night in Prince William Sound. The master of the cruise ship Spirit of Columbia reported to Prince William Sound vessel traffic service (VTS) around 7:50 p.m. that his vessel had went “touch and go” (hit bottom) and possibly bent the port shaft and propeller in Jackpot Bay, approximately 75 miles south of Whittier. The master of the vessel reported there was no apparent hull damage, pollution, or water entering the vessel. The master felt it safe to continue to transit to Whittier with the starboard propeller. The vessel was placed on a one-hour communication schedule with the VTS until they reached Whittier safely at 4:30 a.m. today. All passengers were safely off-loaded in Whittier.
USCG Announces Enviro Award Program
The USCG is accepting applications for the biennial William M. Benkert Marine Environmental Protection Award program. The award recognizes environmental excellence and achievement in maritime operations by marine vessel and facility operators. "The award program is the USCG's formal recognition of two vital realities. First, we must be continuously diligent to sustain our progress; and second, the greatest potential for sustaining progress lies in the innovation and creativity of vessel and facility operators - particularly the industry leaders who showcase their initiatives through this award program," said USCG Commandant James M. Loy. The objectives of the William M. -Provide a means for winners to share their successful methods and techniques with others in the industry.
AWO Members Win Benkert Award
The USCG has honored AWO members Crowley Marine Services, Inc. and Southern Towing Company with the William M. Benkert Award for excellence in marine environmental protection. Benkert Awards for the year 2000 competition were presented in four categories: large and small vessel operating companies, and large and small marine facility operators. AWO member Crowley Marine Services, Inc., headquartered in Seattle, won the large vessel category. AWO member Southern Towing Company, based in Memphis, Tenn., shared the award for the small vessel category. Rear Admiral Robert C. North, assistant commandant for Marine Safety and Environmental Protection, presented the awards at the American Petroleum Institute Tanker Conference in La Jolla, California. The USCG's William M.
Banning of Exxon Valdez Upheld
The U.S. William Sound any tank vessel that, after March 22, 1989, spilled more than 1 million gallons of oil is constitutional. The Exxon Valdez spilled approximately 11 million gallons of oil when it grounded in Prince William Sound on March 23, 1989. The statute effectively banned the Exxon Valdez from engaging in the only trade for which it was constructed. The tanker owner sued the federal government, arguing, among other things, that the statute was an unconstitutional bill of attainder. The court upheld the statute, finding that it was not a bill of attainder because other vessels (albeit none in the U.S. trade) were potentially impacted by the statute. perspective, considered an illegal punishment of its owner (objects, such as ships, have no constitutional rights).
Passenger Vessels:To the North, South —And A Little Island Sheltered
To those not familiar with the New York metropolitan area — the eastern end of Long Island is demographically multi-faceted. Traveling east on the Long Island Expressway, (the Island' main thoroughfare), the 118-mile long island, splits into two "forks," the North and the South. With the hamlets of Greenport and Orient Point situated on the easternmost points of the island on the north, the South Fork boasts the tony Hampton villages and the historical village of Montauk Point — literally the end of the earth before reaching the whitecaps of the Atlantic Ocean. While the two forks may differ in reputation and history — they have one similarity — a small island "sheltered" in between.
Chinook Aluminum Cruiser Delivered
The William E. Munson Company delivered a 32 ft. Chinook welded aluminum cruiser to Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures. Powered by twin Volvo KAD43 diesels, coupled to Volvo dual prop drive legs, the USCG certified 15-passenger dive boat has a top speed of 45 mph light and 40 mph fully loaded. Outfitting includes port and starboard side dive doors, large stern dive platform with two flip out dive ladders, aluminum tank rack for 30 dive bottles, tropical style open-backed wheelhouse with sunroof, mini foc'sle with head, 50-gal., fresh water wash down system, 150-gal. fuel system and Fortress anchoring system. The William E. Munson Company delivered a 32 ft. Chinook welded aluminum cruiser to Ed Robinson's Diving Adventures.
VTMS to Help Ensure Safe Passage for Tankers
Lockheed Martin Ocean, Radar & Sensor Systems (OR&SS) has completed final acceptance testing of its Vessel Traffic Management System (VTMS) in Valdez, Alaska. The project, valued at $1.2 million, will assist the USCG in helping to ensure safe passage for oil tanker ships passing through Prince William Sound into the Port of Valdez Bay to take on oil pumped from the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. USCG concerns about Y2K compliance along with Prince William Sound's notoriety were equally important reasons for the initial OR&SS system to be put in place this year. The USCG plans to continue upgrading the capability of the Prince William Sound VTMS next year.
M/V Chenega Sets Sails
Whittier. 26, following nearly a month of crew and route training. System. said. training for the vessel, which should wrap-up by August 12. the ports she will serve in Prince William Sound. benefit is in getting the training taken care of this summer. right away,” he said. 250 passengers and 35 average sized vehicles. a 60 ft. beam and an 8 ft. draft. driving four Kamewa waterjets. speed of 42 knots. It was constructed by Derektor Shipyards of Bridgeport, Connecticut at a cost of $38 million.
Mobile, Broadband Offered for Cruise Ships
A joint venture will provide bundled broadband and mobile communications services for cruise-ship passengers. CapRock Communications and SeaMobile announced the service that will allow passengers plying the seas to stay in touch with those on land using their personal cell phones and other mobile devices. The satellite-based service also delivers encrypted business applications that can be used in concert with the vessels' wired communications systems. SeaMobile CEO William Marks said in a news release that the service would be available to other commercial ships as well.
CCG Ship Returns After Completing Katrina Assistance
Fisheries and Oceans Canada issued stated that the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Sir William Alexander returned to its homeport of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia following completion of its mission to the Gulf coast of the United States to assist in recovery from Hurricane Katrina.
Senator to Introduce Oil Spill Prevention Legislation
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) has state that she intends to introduce legislation to reduce the risk of an oil spill in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca by, among other things, doubling the tug escort requirement for all oil tankers over 5,000 gross tons operating in Puget Sound and Prince William Sound; requiring a permanent rescue tug at Neah Bay; and providing financial support for the Washington State Oil Spill Advisory Council. Source: HK Law
This Day in Naval History - Dec. 13
From the Navy News Service 1775 - The Continental Congress authorizes the building of 13 frigates. 1941 - Cmdr. William A. Sullivan designated the first supervisor of salvage, giving the supervisor an office in New York City.
This Day in Naval History - Dec. 29
By Navy News Service 1798 - First annual report by Secretary of the Navy, sent by Benjamin Stoddert. 1812 - USS Constitution (Captain William Bainbridge) captures HMS Java off Brazil after a three hour battle. 1943 - USS Silversides (SS-236) sinks three Japanese ships and damages a fourth off Palau.