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Sunday, January 17, 2021

Incident Management News

Dwight Collins (Photo: JAXPORT)

JAXPORT Hires Collins as Security Director

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) announced Monday that retired United States Coast Guard (USCG) Captain Dwight Collins has joined the port as Director of Public Safety and Security.Captain Collins directs all law enforcement, physical security, safety, and emergency management and preparedness services in support of more than 200,000 port employees, tenants and customers. He is also responsible for ensuring enforcement of seaport security initiatives in compliance with all federal…

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Coast Guard Auxiliary Supports Research Efforts

Unique among the nation’s armed services, the Coast Guard’s missions include national defense, law enforcement, natural disaster incident management, recreational boating safety and environmental protection. This diversity of mission scope presents opportunities for the Coast Guard at the strategic, operational and tactical levels as the service works to make their efforts as effective and efficient as possible.Contributing to the service’s overall execution effort is the Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC), based in New London, Connecticut.

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USCG Responds to Puerto Rico Earthquake

The Coast Guard is responding to a 6.5 magnitude earthquake and seismic activity off the south and southwest coasts of Puerto Rico.All the ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands remain open until further notice. Currently, there is no ongoing maritime search and rescue as a result of the registered seismic activity.Coast Guard Sector San Juan and Air Station Borinquen have activated their Incident Management Teams, which remain in close communication with local and federal…

GNS, SIRM Join to Povide Cloud-based Services for Ship Managers

The  maritime technology company Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) and the supplier of navigation and telecommunications equipment and services SIRM have announced a new strategic partnership.The new partnership will combine GNS’s expertise in data intelligence, back of bridge software and navigation with SIRM’s cloud-based services and telecommunications capability to deliver a new generation of ship-shore technology solutions and enhance office-based situational awareness."Agreement…

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Innovative New Falck Training Center

Falck is due to open a new training center on the Maasvlakte in 2018. It will become an international, high-profile safety-knowledge center for public and industrial fire brigades, the offshore, maritime sector and wind industry. The first steps have been taken January 24, 2017 with Falck and the Port of Rotterdam Authority entering into a contract under which the site is issued to Falck. Falck, which specializes in safety and safety training, is set to leave its current site on the Beerweg when its lease with the Port of Rotterdam Authority ends in the spring of 2018.

Horizon Marine Announces Personnel Changes

Horizon Marine, Inc. announced several recent personnel changes as part of Horizon’s strategy to take on the current industry downturn. “This downturn in our industry is an opportunity for us to shore up our product portfolio and focus on marketing efforts,” said said Patrice Coholan, President of Horizon Marine. Glenn Burnett has been promoted to Offshore Operations Manager. He will manage drifting buoy production, FAST Eddy SURVEY system deployments, and day-to-day operations of the warehouse.

Q88 LLC Expands Milbros Onboard Services

Q88 LLC introduced a global support program that coordinates quick response and expert consultation for chemical spills/incidents and medical emergencies occurring onboard vessels at sea. Known as Q88 Response Center, the new program leverages the resources of Spill Center, a leading provider of emergency response communication and incident management services, including environmental, technical and legal expertise. At the Q88 Response Center, trained personnel monitor telephone calls…

Preparation is Key for Kidnap Repsonse -UK P&I

Stuart Edmonston, Head of Loss Prevention at UK P&I Club, together with Hellenic War Risks and Terra Firma Risk Management, highlights the importance of preparation in kidnap response management for shipping companies operating in West Africa. “As the report by Oceans Beyond Piracy* revealed, the total number of kidnaps for ransom during 2016 in the Gulf of Guinea has already surpassed the total number of incidents recorded by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) for 2015.

Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban. (Photo: Philip Wilson)

First Female Deputy Harbor Master at Port of Durban

One of the first three women in Africa to obtain a Marine Pilot open license in 2011, Pinky Zungu has again made history with her appointment as Transnet National Ports Authority’s first black female Deputy Harbor Master – Nautical for the Port of Durban. Having been selected by TNPA as a development candidate in 2001, Zungu is one of a growing number of women who have been promoted into senior positions through their hard work and dedication, who are changing the face of the male dominated maritime industry.

Fire Destroys 6 Boats at Port Orchard Yacht Club

Six boats and 10 housing sheds were destroyed by a fierce fire early Sunday morning at the Port Orchard Yacht Club. South Kitsap Fire officials say the fire broke out around 3 a.m. at the yacht club on Bay Street. "We were asleep and our friends called us up and said do you realize there is a fire on b dock," said Barbara Letson, who has a house boat. Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology and South Kitsap Fire & Rescue are mopping up any pollution resulting from an early morning fire at Port Orchard Yacht Club. Luckily no one was hurt in the fire, officials said.

Alan McIntyre (Photo: Stirling Group)

New Man at Helm of O&G Crisis Center in Aberdeen

STIRLING Group, a global provider of health, safety and environmental services to the oil and gas industry, has appointed Alan McIntyre to head up emergency response and crisis management consultancy services in the UK which includes the running of the $394,000 state-of-the-art Incident Management Centre (IMC) in Aberdeen. The IMC provides round the clock support to global companies in the event of an emergency situation, staffed by an extensive pool of specialist responders and client representatives.

No Tianjin Impact, Says Cosco

China COSCO Holdings Company Limited says its operations at Tianjin port have been unaffected by the blasts that killed 114 people here also put a deep dent in the compact between China’s government and its middle class. "Our assets have not been materially affected. Our vessels at the anchorages close to Tianjin Port were not affected by the incident and the ships and crews are safe," says a stock market announcement from the company. There has however been some damage to land-based assets and some disruption of operations, although Cosco does not expect that to have any significant impact.

WOW at USMMA

The United States Merchant Marine Academy Hosts 7th Annual Women on the Water Conference. Last week, The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in conjunction with the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) hosted the 7th Annual Women on the Water (WOW) Conference. The annual conference, which is hosted by a different U.S. maritime academy each year, brought together over 125 maritime professional mariners and maritime academy cadets. The three day conference began with opening remarks from Maritime Administrator Paul N. Jaenichen, Sr.

Dennis L. Bryan

Resilience & the Maritime Industry

Resilience is defined generally as the ability to recover quickly from setbacks. Setbacks are inevitable. Individuals and entities are best judged by their resilience – their ability to get back on track after experiencing a reversal. The best way to recover from a setback is to anticipate the setback in advance and plan a recovery strategy. At the most basic level, this is something we do all the time. We keep spare batteries in the house so that when the flashlight or television controller dies, we can quickly bring it back into operation.

USCG Respond to Sinking Vessel in Astoria, Ore.

The Coast Guard is responding to the sinking of a derelict vessel at the Port of Astoria Thursday. A Coast Guard incident management team is currently on scene and working with Port of Astoria personnel to minimize the impact of pollution from the sunken Cap’n Oscar to the maritime environment. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a call from port personnel Thursday evening when they noticed the derelict vessel was sinking. Port personnel began taking steps to place boom around the vessel. Currently the vessel is submerged up to the pilothouse.

Harley Marine Installs Media Wall in Communications Center

Harley Marine Services recently installed an 8 by 6 meter industrial grade LCD screen in the communication center at the new Harley and Lela Franco Maritime Center in Seattle, WA. This state-of-the-art media wall provides a direct portal for Harley Marine’s consolidated dispatch team to access real-time technology systems from both shore and vessel operations. The communication center is specifically designed to keep the dispatch team better informed with unprecedented access to information.

Stirling Group is providing a new course aimed at those with safety responsibilities in the oil & gas industry.

Stirling to Host O&G Safety Course

Stirling Group is offering a new course to meet the needs of those with safety responsibilities and duties within the oil and gas industry. The organization has recently been approved to deliver the highly regarded NEBOSH International Technical Oil and Gas Certificate course as well as having its approval renewed to provide the NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC). Mike Palmer, Stirling Group’s global head of workforce development, said: “Safety of the workforce must…

ARCS and AVCS Charts: An Effective Solution

Raster charts and ENCs offer “best of both worlds” says UKHO . Together, the ADMIRALTY Vector Chart Service (AVCS) and ADMIRALTY Raster Chart Service (ARCS) give you easy access to the world’s widest suite of official digital charts. Ideal for both planning and navigation, they can help simplify operational tasks and improve situational awareness. Raster charts are digital versions of paper charts and contain exactly the same information as their paper equivalents. ARCS comprises over 3…

Commandant Signs USCG Coast Guard Strategy Document

The US Coast Guard informs it has released the 'Coast Guard Western Hemisphere Strategy' under the signature of Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Paul F. "This morning I signed the Coast Guard Western Hemisphere Strategy. It addresses transnational threats and maritime challenges that threaten the security of our Nation, markets and oceans over the next 10 years. The Coast Guard is globally deployed, but our primary operating area remains in the Western Hemisphere. As we engage future challenges we must think strategically to best position our resources to leverage our unique authorities…

USCG Respond to Grounded Vessel near Pleasant Harbor, Washington

The Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology are responding to a report a of 65-foot pleasure craft aground near Pleasant Harbor in Brinnon, Washington, Sunday morning. There is reportedly up to 500 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the vessel and an unrecoverable sheen was reported to be visible on the water. Responders are working with the owner to deploy containment boom around the vessel and develop plans to remove the fuel aboard. Jefferson County dispatch notified…

Oil Spill Response Organizations Merge Operations

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) and Clean Caribbean & Americas (CCA) join up to meet the needs for global oil spill response. Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) is an industry-owned cooperative which exists to respond effectively to oil spills anywhere, anytime. OSRL provides preparedness, response and subsea well intervention services and works closely with other industry organisations e.g. IMO and IPIECA to share expertise and develop knowledge. OSRL will acquire CCA’s assets and personnel…

American Salvage Association to Consider Non-Tank VRP's

One issue on the conference agenda will be the new regulations for Non-Tank Vessel Response Plans (VRPs). On March 9, 2013, the OPA 90 Vessel Response Plan regulatory package outlining requirements for non-tank vessels trading in U.S. waters was approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), jumping the last hurdle before publication on or around June 9, 2013. The new regulations address the need to identify appropriate response resources, including diving, salvage, firefighting or lightering equipment and personnel, within VRPs.

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U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Navy Yard Shooter

The Coast Guard captain of the port has established a temporary safety and security zone Monday in response to a report of a shooter at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. The safety and security zone will be in effect for an undetermined amount of time and will limit all navigation on the Anacostia River from Haines Point to the John Philip Sousa Bridge. Entering or operating in the security zone is prohibited unless authorized by the captain of the port of Baltimore. Vessels already at berth, mooring or anchor are not required to depart the security zone.

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Glimpses of AIS Trends in the PortVision 2014 Crystal Ball

Houston, Texas-based PortVision, a leading provider of business intelligence solutions for the maritime industry, shares its projections for the top vessel-tracking trends that it believes will have the greatest impact on the maritime industry during 2014. Trend #1: Improving real-time visibility and decision-making. Advances in AIS-based vessel-tracking tools and technology that move the industry beyond simple “points on a map” to on-demand and immediately actionable business insights and intelligence. Trend #2: Improving marine terminal efficiencies.

Setting Standards for Maritime Security

As maritime security evolves, so too is the need for increased and standardized professionalism in the ranks of Private Maritime Security Companies. In many respects, the maritime security industry is still in adolescence. The growing pains associated with speed of expansion have led to disparity in terms of acceptable behavior and confusion over appropriate conduct. This disparity is echoed in the PMSCs themselves - there are those who strive to lead the way in terms of professionalism and others who struggle to keep up with reasonable minimum standards.

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Lake Michigan Refinery Oil Discharge: Latest Update

The Coast Guard informs that their representatives together with those from the Environmental Protection Agency were back on scene Wednesday to oversee cleanup operations after a crude oil discharge Monday evening at the BP Whiting Refinery in Whiting. Eight members of a shoreline cleanup assessment team, consisting of members of both agencies and BP, inspected the shoreline to verify presence of crude oil and to recommend cleanup techniques as required. The SCAT team inspected…