Marine Insurance: Protect Your Yacht, Yourself
All my life, I grew up around boats. My dad was a captain for 23 years, and I would travel on his ships throughout the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes. My first job out of college was in San Francisco, so naturally I bought a 30-foot sailboat and lived on it on the San Francisco Bay. In more recent years, I have enjoyed yachting with my family on the inland lakes of Virginia. No matter where you have launched your yacht, boating is an exhilarating experience. It can also be dangerous and fraught with risks.
Cargo Ships Slow Transits to Curb Emissions, Protect Whales
Partners in an initiative to cut air pollution and protect whales have announced results from the 2017 program and publicly recognized the 11 shipping companies who participated, reducing speeds to 12 knots or less in two regions. For the first time the program included speed reduction zones in the San Francisco Bay Area in addition to the Santa Barbara Channel region. The voluntary incentive program started July 1 and ended November 15, 2017. Automatic Identification System (AIS)…
Goss, Martus Receive Thomas Crowley Awards
Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Zoe Goss, director, marine recruiting and development, and Ray Martus, vice president, vessel construction management, have been honored with 2016 Thomas Crowley Awards, the company’s highest honor for its employees. Goss and Martus each received a limited-edition bronze sculpture that depicts company founder Thomas Crowley ferrying goods in a row boat across San Francisco Bay in the early 1890s. The award serves not only as a tribute to the founder of the company…
Sea Tow Captain Ward Appointed as C-PORT’s New Chairman
The Conference of Professional Operators for Response Towing (C-PORT) recently appointed Captain John Ward, of Sea Tow Destin, FL., as its new Chairman of the Board. C-PORT is the only association that represents the marine assistance industry nationwide. John Ward owns and operates Aquanaut Towing & Salvage/Sea Tow Pensacola, Destin, Lake Norman/Wylie and Lake Kerr/Gaston. He was appointed chairman at the organization’s 30th membership meeting, held at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL. in November.
IMTRA Adds Two Account Reps
J. Mark Barrett and Eric MacDonald have joined the outside sales team of IMTRA, a manufacturer and importer of marine and commercial products. “After 35 years with the company, Jerry Truax has retired from IMTRA,” said Eric Braitmeyer, CEO, IMTRA. “He has been a tremendous technical resource, a valued advocate for his customers, a dedicated representative for IMTRA and just a great person. With such big shoes to fill, we have decided to do so with two people. Barrett joins IMTRA on January 26 as recreational Pacific Northwest account representative.
Crowley Honors Employees Eisenhart and Hilburn
Crowley Maritime Corporation’s Jeannie Eisenhart, director of talent acquisition and employee services, and Bleu Hilburn, director of logistics business development, have been honored with 2015 Thomas Crowley Awards, the company’s highest honor for its employees. Eisenhart and Hilburn each received a limited edition bronze sculpture that depicts company founder Thomas Crowley ferrying goods in a row boat across San Francisco Bay in the early 1890s. The award serves not only as a tribute to the founder of the company…
Goal Zero: An Up-close Look at Shell's Safety Culture
Earlier this year at the SUNY Maritime Towing Forum, we met up with Jerry Crooks, CSHM, Marine Technical Advisor, Shell Trading (U.S.) Company. Crooks provided insights on the training culture, systems and philosophy that drives Shell Trading (U.S.) Company to instill excellence in safety. How did you find yourself with a career in the maritime industry? During my Coast Guard career I had the privilege of participating in the Merchant Marine Industry Training Program, spending several months with Shell in Houston, Texas. My Shell mentor was a Captain in the U.S.
Boaterz 'N Bikerz Pacific Coast Rush
Boating industry bikers from across the country are throttling up this weekend for the official launch of "Pacific Coast Rush," a week-long escorted motorcycle tour from Seattle, WA to San Francisco, CA, including a two-day swing down to Big Sur and Monterey. As part of the "Boaterz 'n Bikerz of America Hull of a Tour" series originally launched in 2011, this summer's cruise kicks off Saturday, July 23 and features a full week of scenic mountain and waterway riding including stretches along the famed Pacific Coast Highway.
Injured Veterans Back on Water, Courtesy GAC
Military veterans will soon have another outlet to channel and share their experiences, on a restored wooden yacht in California, thanks in part to GAC worldwide. The GAC Group’s five regions have donated to support the Wooden Boats For Veterans foundation (WBFV) – an organization that helps veterans harness their power of past military experiences. The foundation currently has two boats in operation and is in the process of restoring a 1938 wooden yacht, ‘Clover’, itself a veteran having seen service in the English Channel during World War II.
Kyra Roca Earns Thomas Crowley Award
Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Kyra Roca, vice president, customer care, was presented with the 2014 Thomas Crowley award, the company's highest honor, at a ceremony held yesterday at the company’s Jacksonville, Fla., office. Roca joins Capt. David Ridge, director of marine operations in Valdez, Alaska, as the second and final Thomas Crowley Award recipient for 2014. Ridge was presented his award in Anchorage, Alaska last month. The exclusive employee recognition program was created in 1985 and only 61 of the company's more than 5…
Port of Oakland Adds 400 Dockworkers
The first of 400 new dockworkers arrive this week to meet the Port of Oakland’s need for more labor, the port announced today, noting that additional hires will be phased into the workforce through September to handle a buildup of ships and cargo. The port said its aim in brining in the new workers is to accelerate cargo operations and clear out a backlog of vessels anchored in San Francisco Bay. “We’re not operating with the speed and efficiency our customers deserve right now,” said Maritime Director John Driscoll.
AAPA Chairwoman to Speak at National Maritime Day
Kristin Decas, port director and CEO of Southern California’s Port of Hueneme and chairwoman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), has been chosen to speak at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Maritime Day ceremony on May 21. National Maritime Day, May 22, was decreed by Congress in 1933 as a day for the United States to observe its maritime heritage, honor those who serve and have served as merchant mariners, and recognize the benefits that result from America’s maritime industry.
Global Diving & Salvage Launches Training Initiative
Global Diving & Salvage, Inc. announced the addition of a new service line, Global Technical Services (GTS), to broaden the array of services o¬ffered to its current and future clientele as well as support internal professional development, the company said in its April newsletter. This service line will provide training for Non Destructive Testing (NDT) Technicians, Quality Assurance (QA) and Control Oversight and NDT Field Inspection Work. GTS classes will cover Ultrasonics…
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.
West Coast Port Talks Clear Hurdle
Shipping companies and the union for 20,000 dockworkers at nearly 30 U.S. West Coast ports have cleared a major hurdle in their protracted labor talks, clinching a tentative deal on the maintenance and control of cargo chassis, the two sides said on Tuesday. Settlement of the chassis issue, and the contract talks generally, has been seen as crucial to resolving months of chronic cargo backups hampering ports that handle nearly half of U.S. maritime trade and more than 70 percent of imports from Asia.
USCG Warns of Adverse Weather in Bay Area
The Coast Guard advises exercising caution on and around the San Francisco Bay coastline and waterfronts, as excessively high tides are expected through mid-week. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood statement for a series of King Tides, which are expected to run through Wednesday. The conditions are expected to result in minor coastal flooding of low-lying areas along our coastline and bay fronts. Low-lying coastal locations, such as parking lots or coastal trails, may experience minor flooding during high tide.
Limited Anchorage Space at San Francisco
San Francisco Bay Anchorages will be unable to accommodate vessels with drafts greater than 25 feet. Vessels en-route to San Francisco expecting to anchor with drafts in excess of 25 feet should expect delays and are advised to coordinate with their agents and the San Francisco Bar Pilots on VHF-FM CH10 or (415) 393-0457. For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Storm to Hit San Francisco Bay
A major winter storm is forecast for the San Francisco Bay this week. The storm is forecast to impact the entire Bay Area region, Monterey, and Lake Tahoe. Patchy fog, heavy rain, gale force winds (in excess of 34 knots) and increased wave action are expected Wednesday night, 10 December 2014 through Thursday 11 December 2014, with weather abating and showers expected on Friday 12 December 2014.... This MSIB clarifies USCG Captain of the Port expectations and provides recommended actions in preparation for heavy weather conditions forecast for the San Francisco COTP Zone.
CGF To Honor Coast Guard Heroics
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that at the upcoming 34th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard in New York City on October 9th, an aircrew from Air Station San Francisco, California and a motor lifeboat crew from Humboldt Bay, California will receive special awards. Lieutenant Commander James Kenshalo, Lieutenant Beau Belanger, Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis…
Golden Gate Ferry Captains Stage One-day Strike
The Golden Gate passenger ferry system, California's largest, was shut down on Friday by striking boat captains, disrupting service for thousands of San Francisco Bay-area commuters in a wider labor dispute over wages and benefits for transit workers. The 20 ferry pilots who work for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District walked off the job for the day to protest what union officials have criticized as bad-faith contract bargaining on the part of management.
CAGTC Members Win Big in TIGER VI
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced Friday that 72 projects will receive a total of $600 million from the sixth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. Of these, 12 Coalition for America’s Gateway and Trade Corridor (CAGTC) member projects were awarded a total of $135 million for projects with full costs exceeding $490 million. One in three grant dollars, just over $198 million, was awarded to 25 projects supporting freight movement.
Piling It On: Oil Spill Liability
While the U.S. Congress can create and pass legislation, in many circumstances there can be state laws that either augment, overlap or potentially create conflict with the federal laws. This can be especially true in the maritime world, where federal admiralty jurisdiction results in legislation that often specifically allows concurrent state law requirements. Three good examples of this can be found in the areas of abandoned and derelict vessels, vessel discharges, and liability for oil spills.
America's First 'Virtual' Aids to Navigation on Test
The Coast Guard informs it is now testing 25 electronic aids to navigation (eATON) to augment existing physical aids and mark unique and potentially hazardous navigation features in the San Francisco Bay Area. Commonly referred to as “virtual” buoys, the eATON are being transmitted through the Coast Guard’s Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) for display on ships’ electronic charting systems and radars. It is explained that as part of ongoing efforts to increase the safety of navigation on the Bay the Coast Guard…
Port of Redwood City to Dedicate New Wharf
The Port of Redwood City’s $17 million modernized wharf will open and be dedicated Wednesday, April 23, at 10 a.m., featuring presentations by Rep. Jackie Speier, Redwood City Mayor Jeff Gee and Port Commission Chair Lorianna Kastrop. It is the first new wharf for cargo ships in the San Francisco Bay Area that meets the latest operational, seismic and sea level design standards for the wharf structure itself and adjacent shoreline. The modernized wharf replaced a 60-year old World…
U.S. Maritime Advisory Panel Names 10 New Members
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the appointment of 10 new members to the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council (MTSNAC). Established in 2010, MTSNAC is comprised of leaders from commercial transportation firms, trade associations, state and local public entities, labor organizations, academics, and environmental groups that advise the Secretary on policies to ensure that the U.S. Marine Transportation System is capable of responding to projected trade increases.
NOAA Inshore Navigation Chart Surveys Update
Coast Survey’s navigation response teams (3-person hydrographic survey teams in small boats) have made a fast start on this year’s survey season, reports the NOAA, with improvements in hand on charts for ships transiting Miami and San Francisco inshore waters. In Florida, where Coast Survey is preparing to issue a “new and improved” Miami Harbor Chart 11468 to alleviate vessel congestion at the Port of Miami, a navigation response team finished final hydrographic surveys to ensure…