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American Mariners Rescue Three Fishermen off Tampa, Florida

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-20 23:14:33

The U.S.-flagged tanker American Pride rescued three fishermen Wednesday after their boat capsized about 45 miles off Tampa Bay, Florida The U.S. Coast Guard had dispatched a Jayhawk helicopter aircrew to the area on Sunday after receiving an EPIRB alert from the fishing vessel Captain Bob. Once on scene, the Jayhawk aircrew located the Captain Bob at anchor and stable, but could not establish radio contact.  On Wednesday, U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a notification from the crew of...

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Runaway Barges Strike Bridge Over San Jacinto River

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-20 16:50:42

As flooding from Storm Imelda continues to affect southeast Texas, first responders have rescued hundreds of people from high waters. On Friday, they also had to contend with a bridge strike: strong currents peeled away nine barges from a fleeting area on the San Jacinto River, sending them downstream towards the I-10 freeway bridge at Lynchburg, Texas.  At least two barges struck the bridge, causing what appears to be extensive damage to the bridge's concrete pilings, and the I-10 crossing...

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Ardent responds to the high-profiled Caribbean Fantasy fire in 2016.

Aurelius Finances Ardent Management's Buyout of Co-Owners

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-19 16:58:17

Aurelius Finance Company, an alternative direct lender, has provided financing to support the buy-out of Ardent, a global emergency management and offshore decommissioning company, from its co-owners Svitzer, a leading global towage operator, and Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of international marine and logistics services provider Crowley Maritime Corporation. The deal will see Ardent’s senior management team acquire a shareholding in the company. The financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, and closing is subject to approval...

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Storm Imelda Floods Communities, Disrupts Shipping in Beaumont

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-19 13:53:24

The U.S. Coast Guard is helping local authorities with emergency response efforts after Tropical Depression Imelda dumped dozens of inches of rain near Beaumont, Texas. Vessel traffic on the busy Beaumont Ship Channel has halted due to the severe storm conditions, the USCG said, and ExxonMobil's Beaumont petrochemical plant has temporarily closed.  Shallow water response teams from Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge as well as helicopters from Air Station Houston are on standby to respond to requests for assistance. Coast...

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Activists Call for Pertamina to Release Data on Ongoing Oil Spill

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-18 20:36:05

An ongoing spill from an oil well off the coast of West Java has soiled miles of beachfront and impacted traditional fisheries, according to Indonesian activist groups. A coalition of civil society organizations is now calling on state-owned oil major Pertamina to release more information about the response to the spill and the safety of other nearby offshore facilities.  The YYA-1 well - an offshore borehole in Pertamina's Offshore North West Java management area - suffered a "kick" and loss of well...

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Pictures: Golden Ray Salvage Efforts Continue

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-18 18:37:29

The Unified Command continues to assess all avenues for the salvage of the Golden Ray, reports the U.S. Coast Guard. Complex salvage operations have progressed to include skimming within the hull of the ship, drilling to allow access for internal air quality testing and developing a lightering plan for pollutants.  The 656-foot vessel capsized with a fire on board in St. Simons Sound, Brunswick, Georgia, on September 8. There were 24 on board, 23 crew and one pilot. All were...

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U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Seven from Burning Fishing Vessel

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-18 15:46:44

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued six fishermen and an NOAA fisheries observer from a burning boat eight miles off Ko'Olina, Hawaii on Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a VHF mayday call at about 1630 hours from the crew of the commercial fishing vessel Miss Emma, who reported that they were fighting a fire onboard. Sector Honolulu broadcast an alert to mariners and directed the launch of a response boat, the cutter Joseph Gerczak, an HC-130 Hercules SAR airplane and...

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Cruise Ship Departs on Second Relief Mission for Bahamas

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-16 20:45:44

The cruise ship Grand Celebration departed Sunday for a second relief cruise to and from Grand Bahama Island, which was hit hard by Hurricane Dorian's high winds and heavy storm surge.  The vessel's first voyage brought relief supplies to Grand Bahama and provided transportation for properly-documented Bahamas residents back to Florida, and the second voyage will repeat this mission. Grand Celebration is expected to spend Monday and Tuesday at Freeport, Grand Bahama, departing Tuesday night. She will return to Palm Beach,...

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Response teams assess conditions near the capsized M/V Golden Ray near Brunswick, Georgia, July 16, 2019.

Emergency Response Operations Resume for Golden Ray

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-16 19:09:39

Emergency response operations for the capsized car carrier in St. Simons Sound, Georgia, resumed in full on Monday, with teams deploying response equipment and continuing salvage operations.  Operations had been suspended with the approach of tropical storm Humberto. The U.S. Coast Guard is leading the investigation into what caused the South Korean ship Golden Ray to capsize on Sunday after she departed the Port of Brunswick. The ship's pilot and 23 crew members were rescued, with four of the...

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Golden Ray Being Secured Before Storm

By The Maritime Executive 2019-09-15 16:34:40

The Unified Command set up for the capsized car carrier Golden Ray is closely monitoring the tropical storm, Humberto. While the vessel is hard aground and stable, precautions have been being taken to ensure the ship is secure during the storm, which is expected to strengthen to become a hurricane on Sunday night. Current salvage plans and oil recovery operations have now been suspended. Salvage teams had been sealing underwater fuel tank vents. The 656-foot vessel capsized with a fire on board in...

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