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Friday, July 19, 2019

Command Center News

A USNS Fleet Oiler engaged in underway replenishment operations (CREDIT: US Navy)

US Navy's MSC Opens Center for Excellence

Military Sealift Command hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to signify the opening of its new Center for Excellence located on Joint Base Langley-Eustis, March 25.The Military Sealift Command Center for Excellence provides MSC-centric basic training for newly employed civil service mariners (CIVMAR).“Ultimately, the new Military Sealift Command Center for Excellence is replacing the MSC training center in Earl, New Jersey,” said Military Sealift Command Total Force Management Director Mike Morris, who co-officiated the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Port Security: If you’ve seen one port, you’ve seen one port

ARES Security Corporation’s sophisticated AVERT C-2 platform integrates hundreds of disparate sensors and information sources to keep first responders aware of their immediate environment in real-time. In today’s dangerous and digital business environment, that also comes ‘just in time.’Retired U.S. Coast Guard Commandant ADM James Loy is widely credited with coining the now familiar phrase, “If you’ve seen one port, you’ve seen one port.” In the choppy wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks…

SkyRouter (Photo: Blue Sky Network)

Rock Seven and Blue Sky Network Partner

Communications technology and services developer Rock Seven said it has partnered with Blue Sky Network, a provider of mission-critical, satellite-based fleet management, tracking and operational analytics solutions serving private, commercial and government customers worldwide.This long-term cooperation will support growth in Blue Sky Network’s maritime strategy, but additionally has ramifications for clients in the aviation and land sectors.Headquartered in San Diego with a wholly-owned subsidiary in Brazil…

(Photo: Wilhelmsen Ships Service AS)

Special Delivery: Aerial Drones Deliver Shore-to-ship

Wilhelmsen Ships Service lifts off with Airbus, bringing drone delivery to one of the world’s busiest portsPairing Wilhelmsen’s ships agency expertise and safety standards with Airbus’ expertise in aeronautical vertical lift solutions, the Agency by Air project brings shore-to-ship drone delivery to one of the busiest ports in the world, Singapore.Launching at Singapore port’s Marina South Pier in quarter three 2018, Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Airbus will be piloting the delivery of spare parts…

(File photo: Maersk Line)

Responders Tracking Containers Lost off North Carolina

The U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA and Environmental Protection Agency are monitoring the tracking and assessment of more than six dozen stray cargo containers lost due to high winds and heavy seas about 17 miles off Oregon Inlet, N.C. On Sunday, March 4, the cargo ship Maersk Shanghai alerted watchstanders at Sector North Carolina’s command center that they lost about 70 cargo containers during a heavy roll. Maersk later confirmed the total number of containers lost overboard was 76 as well as their contents. A. P.

Two adults, four children and two dogs sit in the dinghy of the sailing vessel Serenity Photo USCG

Six rescued from Sinking Vessel off Bahamas

A good Samaritan sailing vessel rescued six people from a sinking sailing vessel early Monday 14 miles west north west of Hog Cay, Bahamas. Watchstanders with the Coast Guard 7th District Command Center received a 406 megahertz personal locator beacon distress alert and the Halifax Joint Rescue Coordination Centre received a report from the sailing vessel Serenity, within the same area as the PLB alert, stating they were taking on water and abandoning ship. The Serenity crew stated they had two adults, four children and two dogs aboard.

Photo courtesy of Peel Ports

Peel Ports Applies Air Traffic Systems for Marine Ops

Air traffic control technology is to be applied to a commercial port group in the UK for the first time. Peel Ports Group, the UK’s second biggest port operator, is investing £2.7m ($3.5m) across its network of seven Statutory Harbor Authorities to streamline marine operations. The package of technologies includes vessel identification and tracking, solid-state radar and weather stations. It will be complemented by a new online booking system for its customers and a comprehensive people development program.

Hon'ble Minister Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir (Photo: Krishnapatnam Port)

Krishnapatnam Port Unveils New Control Center

Krishnapatnam Port, the country’s largest all-weather; deep water port on the east-coast of India has always been proactive in adopting new and innovative technologies to enhance improved efficiencies in port security and operations. In sync with the new age initiatives, the port has established a centralized State of the art Command and control Center. Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir – Minister of state for home affairs visited the port to inaugurate the center which was followed by his participation in the Sapling Plantation…

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Man Medevaced off Hatteras Inlet, NC

The Coast Guard medevaced a man Saturday from a fishing vessel off Hatteras Inlet. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center in Wilmington received a call from the 73-foot commercial fishing vessel Capt Alex at about 8:47 p.m., reporting the vessel's captain was experiencing severe chest pains approximately six miles east of Hatteras Inlet. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City at about 9:44 p.m. The aircrew arrived on scene at approximately 10:13 p.m. and lowered a rescue swimmer to the boat.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevacs an injured hunter after he was mauled by a bear while hunting on Admiralty Island near Juneau, Alaska, Sept. 23, 2016. Photo USCG

USCG Medevacs Hunter Mauled by Bear near Juneau, Alaska

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 57-year-old hunter after he was mauled by a bear while hunting on Admiralty Island near Juneau Friday. The aircrew hoisted the hunter and transferred him to local emergency medical services personnel in Juneau. Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders were notified at 11:27 p.m. Thursday by a crewmember from the vessel Sultana that a bear had mauled a member of their hunting party. The hunter was reported to have multiple puncture wounds. Watchstanders launched the Jayhawk aircrew to the scene.

47-foot motor life boat. Photo USCG

USCG Responds to Person in Water Near Hull, Mass

Coast Guard and local agencies responded to reports of people in the water in the vicinity of Peddocks Island and Hull Gut Friday evening. At approximately 10:44 p.m. the Hull Harbormaster called Coast Guard watchstanders to report a possible person in the water. The Coast Guard Sector Boston command center dispatched a 47-foot motor life boat crew from station Point Allerton and issued an urgent marine broadcast for mariners in the vicinity of the islands to assist. At 10:51 p.m. the Hull Harbormaster reported that the person in the water had swam to Peddocks Island wearing a life vest.

U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon Crew Supports Coast Guard Search Effort

2 Resuced from Pacific Island

Two mariners who were stranded on an uninhabited Pacific island in Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia, are safe, Friday, after writing “SOS” in the sand. A Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft crew from Patrol Squadron (VP) 8 was responding to a report from AMVER vessel British Mariner of flashing lights when they spotted survivors on the beach near the makeshift sign. This information was then relayed to search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Guam. The survivors were picked up and transferred by patrol boat Palikir to Nomwin Atoll.

Coast Guard responds to harbor cruise boat with 34 people aboard taking on water near Gloucester, Mass. Photo USCG

Harbor Cruise Boat Rescued near Gloucester Harbor

The Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to a 37-foot Cape Ann Harbor Cruise vessel taking on water, in the vicinity of Brace Cove, outside of Gloucester Harbor, Saturday. At 4:34 p.m. Saturday, watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Boston command center received a mayday call from the captain of the 37-foot Cape Ann Harbor Tour boat, King Eider. The captain reported King Eider was taking on water at the rate of 5 gallons per minute with 34 people aboard. Watchstanders immediately sent an urgent marine broadcast for boats in the vicinity of Brace Cove to respond and render aid.

U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sean MazerReleased)

USCG Assists Disabled Fishing Vessel near Honolulu

The Coast Guard safely towed a disabled 46-foot commercial fishing vessel with three persons aboard back to the Port of Honolulu, Friday. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu relieved the USCGC Kittiwake (WPB 87316) in towing the vessel at the entrance of the Port of Honolulu and brought them safely to the pier. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center received a report Wednesday from the crew of fishing vessel Lily Kaileia that they were disabled and adrift approximately 115 miles south of Honolulu Harbor.

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Man Medevaced 90 miles East of Jacksonville

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a man Thursday who sustained a head injury 90-miles east of Jacksonville. A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevaced the 33-year-old man from the vessel Eagle Texas. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center watchstanders were notified Wednesday of a crew member who fell into a cargo hold and sustained a head injury. Watchstanders launched an MH-65 crew and conducted the medevac at 6:52 p.m. The man was transported to UF Health Jacksonville hospital.

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Ailing Cruise Passenger Medevaced 200 miles off VA Coast

The Coast Guard medevaced an ailing cruise ship passenger Saturday approximately 200 miles off the Virginia coast. Watchstanders in the 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification at about 5:05 a.m. that a 19-year-old female passenger was experiencing severe stomach pain about 400 miles off the North Carolina coast aboard the 1,069-foot cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway, en route to New York City. Command Center watchstanders instructed the Norwegian Breakaway to change course in order to meet a helicopter crew for a medevac.

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter Photo USCG

USCG, Agencies Search for Possible Person in Water

The Coast Guard is searching for a possible person in the water in Great Salt Pond on Block Island, Rhode Island. At about 1 a.m., Monday, watchstanders at the Sector Southeastern New England command center received a report of an unmanned dinghy making in circles in Great Salt Pond. The Block Island Harbormaster and a local commercial assistance provider brought the dinghy under control, confirmed no one was aboard, and began searching. Sector Southeastern New England launched a 45-foot Response Boat crew from Station Small Block Island and a MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew from Air Station Cape Cod.

A sheen is visible from the air in Lake Ontario near the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, New York, approximately 10 miles northeast of Oswego, New York, June 26, 2016. A Coast Guard Auxiliary air crew noticed the sheen during a flight and reported it to Coast Guard Sector Buffalo. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

USCG Investigates Unknown sheen in Lake Ontario

The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a sheen in Lake Ontario near the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, New York, approximately 10 miles northeast of Oswego, New York, Sunday. The cause of the sheen is unknown at this time. The Coast Guard has established a temporary safety zone extending two miles to the north and two miles to the east and west from the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant. A Coast Guard Auxiliary air crew noticed the sheen during a flight and reported it to Coast Guard Sector Buffalo.

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Sick Man Medevaced 75 Miles off Nantucket

A Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Cape Cod medevaced a 55-year-old man Saturday afternoon after he was reported to have possibly suffered a heart attack 75 miles southeast of Nantucket. At approximately 10 a.m. on Saturday, watchstanders at the First Coast Guard District command center were notified by the captain of the container ship Hanjin Baltimore of the medical emergency. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod launched to airlift the patient, and arrived on scene at around 2 p.m.

Ailing Mariner Medevaced off Alaska

An ailing crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Seafreeze Alaska was medevaced approximately 195 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska, Thursday. A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, hoisted the 21-year-old man, who reportedly lost consciousness for 45 minutes, and transferred him to awaiting Guardian Flight emergency medical personnel in Cold Bay. Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders were notified at approximately 7:45 a.m. by personnel at Health Force Partners of a medical situation aboard the Seafreeze Alaska.

Official U.S. Navy file photo of Sailors during flight operations, Photo USN

HSC-25 Assists in Distressed Persons Recovery in Mariana Islands

The MH-60S Knighthawk was able to locate and relay the position of the distressed personnel to the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam command center, which was able to coordinate with the Fire Division of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Department of Public Safety (DPS) to recover the personnel. "It means a great deal to be able to help save life. You can't put into words the feeling of helping two people make sure they get ashore safely and see their families," said Lt. The HSC-25 aircraft was launched at 9:35 p.m.

A submerged catamaran is all that remains at the scene of a rescue on Lake Champlain, June 8, 2016. A crew from Coast Guard Station Burlington, Vermont, pulled three people from the submerged hull after the 14-foot boat capsized in heavy winds about a mile from shore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

3 Saved from Overturned Boat on Lake Champlain

The Coast Guard responded to an overturned vessel and three people in the water Wednesday on Lake Champlain, Vermont. Sector Northern New England watchstanders received a call at approximately 2:15 p.m. from a person on land reporting a capsized 14-foot catamaran in Appletree Bay about one mile northwest from shore. Station Burlington launched a crew aboard a 26-foot boat who arrived on scene at about 2:45 p.m. and found three people sitting on the hull of the overturned boat. The survivors reported heavy winds in the area caused the craft to capsize.

Coast Guard Cutter Marcus Hanna towed the 55-foot fishing boat Miss Emily  Coast Guard Cutter Marcus Hanna towed the 55-foot fishing boat Miss Emily Courtesy USCG

USCG Tows Disabled Fishing Boat to Portland, Maine

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Marcus Hanna towed the 55-foot fishing boat Miss Emily, with four people aboard, after it became disabled Thursday about five miles off Kennebunkport, Maine. The Marcus Hanna, a 175-foot buoy tender homeported in South Portland was nearby working on aids to navigation when the Miss Emily's rudder post was damaged and started taking on water. Miss Emily’s pumps kept up with the flooding and at approximately 2 p.m. the Marcus Hanna took Miss Emily in tow with a course for Portland.

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Four Rescued from Sinking Boat off Salisbury Beach, MA

A Coast Guard boat crew responded to a 21-foot cuddy cabin taking on water with four people aboard Saturday approximately 25 nautical miles east of Salisbury Beach. Coast Guard Sector Boston watchstanders received report of the sinking boat at about noon and issued a marine safety information broadcast for nearby boaters to assist. A good Samaritan aboard the 25-foot center console No Name responded to the call. No Name arrived on scene and the four people aboard the sinking boat, who were all wearing life jackets, transferred onto the No Name and waited for the Coast Guard to arrive.

Air Station Atlantic City MH-65 Dolphin helicopter Responded. Photo Coast Guard

Search for Jet Skier Near Trenton Boat Ramp

The Coast Guard, Trenton Fire Dept. and New Jersey State Police Dept. are searching Saturday for a missing jet skier near the Trenton boat ramp. Missing is Jesus Diaz Melendez, 26, of Trenton, New Jersey. The crew of the vessel A.J. Meerwald came upon a jet skier who stated he and Melendez ran aground on the jet ski, which ejected both of them. Melendez couldn't be located after the incident. At 7:07 p.m., the crew of the A.J. Meerwald contacted Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay and reported Melendez missing.

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter Photo USCG

Search on for Missing Person on Lake Pontchartrain

The Coast Guard is searching for a person that reportedly fell from the Causeway Bridge on Lake Pontchartrain, Friday. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders were notified of a Hispanic male wearing a dark shirt and jeans, who reportedly fell from the southbound Causeway Bridge near the South Shore landing. The person reportedly fell through a gap in the fence near the beginning of the 35 MPH speed zone, at 11:55 a.m. Sector New Orleans directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station New Orleans 24-ft.