NOAA chart reveals underwater hazard for proposed anchorage area near Bayou Goula Crossing channel of Mississippi River. Cartographers from NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey recently flagged a potentially dangerous situation during their review of a proposed federal rule establishing new anchorage areas on the Mississippi River. The proposed anchorage areas were based on non-NOAA charts that did not depict the underwater pipelines. The pipelines, which carry benzene, posed a potential danger if ships dropped anchor on top of them. The pipeline areas are depicted on the NOAA nautical chart. That chart data and original source files led to the cancellation of the proposed anchorage area. The Office of Coast Survey is the nation's nautical chart maker, providing traditional paper charts as well as the charts used by commercial electronic navigational systems. The suite of nearly a thousand nautical charts covers 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline.
Brazilian ports are facing problems in maintaining normal operations due to nationwide Health Authorities strike. Major Brazilian ports around the country are experiencing considerable delays. Vitoria in the south-east has reported a huge increase in the number of vessels at anchor awaiting their berthing turn. The number of vessels at anchorage increased almost ten-fold compared to customary port conditions. Local sources report that Santos Port has about 78 ships waiting at anchorage
The US Coast Guard stated that it established a safety zone around a tanker docked in the Port of Los Angeles when it was determined that the inert gas system was inoperative. It was later stated that the tanker has been ordered to an anchorage outside the port while repairs are conducted. Source: HK Law
The Coast Guard is amending anchorage regulations for the Lower Mississippi River, prohibiting vessels anchored in the Lower Kenner Bend Anchorage from using or exercising the ship’s hold cargo cranes. Vessels in this anchorage must keep the ship’s hold cargo gear in the down and hawsed position, as rigged for sea transits. Deck-mounted cranes, deck booms, and stiff legs may be used to take on ship’s stores and spare parts and may be used to move manifold hoses
The US Coast Guard proposes to revise its regulations for certain deep draft vessel anchorage areas within the Port of New York and New Jersey (PONYNJ) so as to reduce the maximum duration of stay from 30 days to 96 hours. Requests for extensions beyond 96 hours would be sought from Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) New York. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by December 18. 71 Fed. Reg. 66708 Source: HK
The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to amend geographic coordinates and modify regulated use of anchorages in Baltimore Harbor. Among other things, the proposal would change requirements for visitors on board vessels carrying certain dangerous cargoes and reinstate time restrictions for vessels in designated anchorage grounds. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by December 13. 69 Fed. Reg. 60592 (HK Law).
The crew of the Spar Orion was able to refloat the vessel under the ship's power after running aground just west of the designated anchorage off Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fla. The Spar Orion, a 623-foot cargo ship carrying more than 44,000 metric tons of cement had no noticeable damage to its hull and is currently anchored in a designated anchorage area one mile off Fort Lauderdale Beach. The vessel is not scheduled to enter Port Everglades until Monday
A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station Kodiak, worked with two Air National Guard Pavehawk helicopters and rescue crews from Kulis Air National Guard Base, to successfully hoist the 23 crewmembers of the Cougar Ace to safety. The operation began at 9:05 p.m, on July 24. By 9:30 p.m., the first seven crewmembers were hoisted from the vessel by a Pavehawk helicopter. At 9:43 p.m., the Coast Guard helicopter and crew had hoisted the next eight
The Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration announced the receipt of $10m from the Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment, to continue Port of Anchorage, Alaska, with its infrastructure improvements. The funding will allow the port to complete the next phase of its $700m renovation and expansion, which will add an additional 18 acres of new real estate to the port. The Port of Anchorage is undergoing a $700m major renovation and expansion to support
Federal, state, local, tribal & industry leaders meet for 'Arctic Spill of National Significance' seminar in Anchorage, Alaska. A Spill of National Significance is defined as a spill that, due to size, location actual or potential impact on the environment or the necessary response effort, is so complex it requires extraordinary coordination of federal, state, local and responsible party resources to contain and clean up the discharge.
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Long Island towed a disabled cabin cruiser, in danger of running aground, to safety near Seward Thursday. The Long Island crew rendezvoused with the disabled vessel and its crew 300 yards from shore
Crowley Maritime Corporation recently awarded four Thomas B. Crowley, Sr., Memorial Scholarships to University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) students Alexandra Bateman, Gabrielle Bragg, Diloola Erickson and Kimberly Greenway. These students were chosen for their outstanding academic records and having
Naval engineering firm Glosten and Associates of Seattle will guide the state as it plans a new ocean-going ferry to replace the 49-year-old ferry Tustumena, reports the 'Kodiak Daily Mirror', citing news from a meeting of the state's ferry advisory board in Anchorage.
Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising that oil tankers are remaining at anchorage having been evacuated from Qingdao Port, China. Currently only the oil terminals are affected, with the exception of Dagang terminal, located at east Jiaozhou Bay
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp has spent a week in Alaska, underscoring the importance of establishing and maintaining a range of Arctic partnerships. Despite snowfall in the North Slope of Alaska last week and cooler than average temperatures all summer
One year after Hurricane Isaac scattered more than a hundred ships and vessels in the Lower Mississippi River, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) honored two New Orleans-Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots (NOBRA) for their fearless actions in braving gale force winds and a storm surge to rescue
GDF SUEZ and EDP Renewables have been joined by French coastal region experts Neoen Marine to tender for a new offshore wind farm development, and at the same time to contribute to the development of offshore wind energy in France and the structuring of an industrial sector.
Ballard Diving & Salvage announces that it is changing the company name to Ballard Marine Construction, Inc. to better reflect its customer base and service capabilities. In addition, the company is expanding with fully staffed and equipped locations in Chicago, Florida and Wisconsin
ExxonMobil , BP, ConocoPhillips and TransCanada have selected a site in the Nikiski area on the Kenai Peninsula as the lead site for the proposed Alaska LNG project’s natural gas liquefaction plant and terminal. The consortium states that more than 20 locations were evaluated based on
One major new development on the Northern Sea Route is the interest in using it to move liquefied natural gas to energy-hungry Asian markets, writes Stan Jones of the Office of the Federal Coordinator, Alaska Natural Gas in a recent article.
A 67-year old ailing Chinese passenger was successfully evacuated from a cruise ship by the joint team of Coast Guard Sub-Station (CGSS) Boracay and Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime Group at the vicinity waters of Malay, Aklan last Thursday, October 17.
Salvage crews began tow operations for the fishing vessel Lone Star near Dillingham, Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported today. The crew of the tug Double Eagle, with assistance from the crew of the support vessel Western Viking, will tow the Lone Star to Dutch Harbor where its owner will
Logistics and marine services provider, GAC Sri Lanka, chartered three anchor-handling tug boats to off-land the 'Hercules Triumph' from heavy-lift vessel 'Target' at Trincomalee Anchorage, Sri Lanka, then arranged further towage over 700 NM miles to Kakinada, Indai arriving 8 days later
GAC Sri Lanka has completed the movement of offshore drilling rig Hercules Triumph from the port of Trincomalee to India. The rig, owned by Hercules Offshore, Inc., is now safely anchored at Kakinada, ready to start drilling operations for CAIRN Energy at the RAVVA offshore oil field.
The Edison Chouest Offshore group of companies (ECO) has announced the appointment of Rick Fox as senior vice president and general manager of Alaska operations. Fox will be responsible for leading all ECO vessel activities in the Arctic, as well as overseeing the operation of Chouest affiliates