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U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Five from Sinking Fishing Boat

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-16 16:52:59

On Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard and a good samaritan vessel rescued five fishermen after their vessel sank near Ketchikan, Alaska.  At 1055 hours, Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received a distress call over VHF channel 16 from an operator of the fishing vessel Daffnie. The crew reported that the vessel had capsized and sunk, and all five people who were aboard had abandoned ship into a skiff. The survivors had one handheld radio and one survival suit, and they...

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Video: U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Survivors of Storm Barry

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-15 21:07:53

On July 13, a helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans rescued four people from Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana after rising floodwaters from Tropical Storm Barry cut off cut off access to the community. Small boat teams rescued another eight people from the area, according to the USCG. The area was under a voluntary evacuation order at the time of the response.  The storm is moving slowly inland and has...

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U.S. Air Force Saves Injured Fishermen 1,300 Miles from Shore

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-15 17:05:01

On Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Air Force organized a long-distance rescue for two Mexican fishermen who were severely injured in an accident aboard a tuna boat some 1300 miles southwest of San Diego.  At 2000 hours Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard's rescue coordination center in Alameda, California received a distress signal from the Mexican fishing vessel Mazatun. The vessel's crane had collapsed while she was recovering her nets, and three people were hurt, including two with...

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Video: Boxship Destroys Container Crane at Indonesian Port

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-15 14:03:18

On Sunday, the container ship Soul of Luck struck and destroyed a container crane at Semarang, Indonesia, the main seaport for Central Java. The incident involved two ship assist tugs, KT Jayanegara 304 and KT Jayanegara 201, which were helping the container ship with berthing, according to port authority KSOP Tanjung Emas.  The Soul of Luck struck the crane at about 1710 local time on Sunday. In two bystander videos from the scene, the vessel's port bow slowly makes contact with one leg of...

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The Future of Tugs in a Changing World

By Captain Henk Hensen 2019-07-13 19:36:10

Currently several means of transport and workboats are undergoing accelerated development towards automation and automated movement.  Almost daily publications appear about automation in shipping. Names of large maritime industrial companies are often found in these publications, giving the idea that they are a major driving force behind these developments. The question can and should be asked, how realistic are these developments? Are they generally applicable, applicable for certain sectors or trades, or perhaps not applicable at all?      In...

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Limited Availability of Tugs for Emergencies on Canada's Pacific Coast

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-10 21:19:22

A research report on the Availability of Tugs of Opportunity in Canada’s Pacific Region published by Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping indicates that Canada’s West Coast faces gaps in the availability of commercial tugs to serve as emergency towing vessels for ships in distress. The existing emergency towing system is based on a small number of dedicated high-powered emergency towing vessels or ETVs supported by so-called tugs of opportunity or commercial tugs that are not dedicated to rescue...

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No Risk from Leaking Russian Nuclear Submarine Wreck

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-10 20:44:38

Researchers have documented a leak from the wreck of the Soviet nuclear submarine, Komsomolets, noting it poses no risk to people or fish. The Russian submarine sank in 1989 and is currently resting on the floor of the Barents Sea, one mile deep, with its nuclear reactor and two nuclear warheads still on board. She sank after a fire broke out in the aft engineering compartment on her first operational patrol. The Komsomolets was able to surface after the fire...

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Grand Finale for Infamous Glomar Explorer - Part 1

By Tony Munoz 2019-07-10 15:19:00

[This article originally ran on the Maritime Executive website on June 16, 2015.] The story of the Glomar Explorer spans four decades and involves a Soviet nuclear missile submarine, the CIA and an eccentric billionaire. The tale is worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster, but the real-life story of the Glomar Explorer eclipses any fiction Tinsel Town could concoct. The vessel’s history is steeped in international intrigue. The $350-million drillship – an engineering marvel that...

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Just After Oil Cleanup, Rennell Island Hit by Bauxite Spill

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-08 21:28:55

On Monday, a bauxite-mining operation in the Solomon Islands released about 5,000 tonnes of ore into the waters of Kangava Bay, Rennell Island - the same area hit by a major oil spill in February.  The casualty occurred during barge loading operations; according to local reports and images, a barge containing bauxite capsized at a position on the west side of the bay. Photos from the scene suggest that the quantity released was enough to turn a large section of...

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Victims of Fire on Russian Submarine Averted "Catastrophe"

By The Maritime Executive 2019-07-08 20:35:17

The victims of the recent fire aboard a Russian nuclear-powered spy sub helped avert a "planetary catastrophe," according to a top Russian military official. Speaking at a ceremony for the 14 crewmembers who died in a battery compartment fire on July 1, an unnamed official said that "at the cost of their lives, they saved the lives of their comrades, saved the ship, [and] did not allow a planetary catastrophe," according to Russian outlet Open Media. Russia's defense ministry has...

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