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Monday, August 19, 2019

Sector Hampton News

A high-definition video camera outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Florence as a Category 4 storm of Tuesday (Image Credit: ESA/NASA–A. Gerst)

Virginia Ports See Limited Impact from Hurricane Florence

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads has reopened the ports in Virginia, which saw limited impacts after Hurricane Florence made landfall as a category 1 storm on Friday morning.“Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads is coordinating very closely with our port partners to ensure a quick and safe recovery from Hurricane Florence,” said Capt. Kevin Carroll, the commander of Sector Hampton Roads. “Our number one priority is saving lives and preventing life-endangering activities on our waterways.

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Scholarships Awarded to Coast Guard Families

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all U.S. Coast Guard members and their families, announced that in 2017 it has awarded a record 166 new scholarships. Combined with 10 multi-year scholarship recipients and three Fallen Heroes Scholars, the Foundation is currently assisting 179 students with a half-million dollars in support this year. In the 27 years of this program, the Coast Guard Foundation has paid out more than…

Port of Virginia to Close Ahead of Winter Storm

The U.S. Coast Guard said the Port of Virginia will close Friday at midnight in anticipation of Winter Storm Helena, which is expected to bring snow and wind which will likely create particularly hazardous conditions, including zero visibility onshore and on the water. Commercial vessels will be prohibited from entering and departing the Chesapeake Bay. Additionally, movement within the Port of Virginia will be closed to vessel traffic 5,000 gross tons or greater unless permission is granted by the Captain of the Port. “There is a real danger to all vessels on the water,” said Capt. Kevin M.

Michelle Thornton holds up the Coast Guard Auxiliary flag at Atlantic Area Command in Portsmouth, Va., July 6, 2015. Thornton, who works as a civilian employee for the Coast Guard, volunteers more than 20 hours every week to the Coast Guard Auxiliary where she serves as the district captain for Hampton Roads. (USCG photo by Melissa Leake)

Double Duty: Coast Guard Civilian and Auxiliarist

For a service encumbered by an expanding operational mission and financial shortfalls, the Coast Guard Auxiliary and civilian workforces have proven to be valuable assets for the Coast Guard. Like anchors on a ship, they provide needed stability during turbulent and unsure times. Michelle Thornton, who currently serves as the Coast Guard Auxiliary district captain for Hampton Roads and as a civilian employee for the Coast Guard, has become one of the anchors; her story typifies the contribution and dedication of both Coast Guard auxiliarists and civilians.

Search for Containership Crewman Suspended

The search for a crew member missing from a containership between Bayonne, N.J. and Ocean City, Md. was suspended, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. The crew member was last reported aboard the 600-foot, Marshall Islands flagged freight ship Ibrahim Dede after departing Bayonne. The crew discovered the man was missing while the ship was in transit to its next port, notifying Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Hampton Roads at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. A Coast Guard Station New York 45-Foot Response Boat crew…

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USCG Rescue Two from Their Diabled Sailboats

The Coast Guard rescued two people Friday after both of their sailboats became disabled approximately five miles west of the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel near Hampton. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a call from Hampton Police dispatch at approximately 3:50 a.m., who informed the Coast Guard of a 911 call from a man aboard one of two disabled sailboats. The watchstanders called the boater via cell phone and were informed that both sailboats were at anchor five miles west of the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel.

Figure 1: The obsolete diffuser on the right is cast differently than diffusers used today.  Note the longer neck and placement of diffuser holes.  The newer diffuser on the left is compatible with standard discharge hoses and has a shorter neck to allow it to properly seat when the hose is connected.  See Figure 3 for how to determine if you have a CO2 extinguisher fitted with an obsolete diffuser that may be incompatible with standard industry discharge hoses.

Compatibility of CO2 Extinguisher Components

A recent marine casualty investigation of a shipboard fire onboard a U.S. flagged vessel in the Hampton Roads Captain of the Port (COTP) zone raised serious concerns with regards to carbon dioxide (CO2) fire extinguisher servicing. During shipboard fire-fighting operations a crewmember attempted to fight a fire using a 15lb CO2 extinguisher, but the extinguisher failed to properly discharge and only seeped from the neck of the extinguisher. The fire was eventually extinguished by another crewmember using a dry-chemical fire extinguisher. Following this shipboard fire, U.S.

USCG To Host Search and Rescue Forum

The U.S. Coast Guard and Virginia Port Authority will host a five-day search and rescue forum starting Monday, focusing on topics including maritime search and rescue training, exercises and classroom discussion with numerous state and local law enforcement agency first responders in attendance. The forum will include practical evolutions, two nighttime evolutions and a daylight search and rescue exercise. Participants of the forum will include a range of regional fire, police…

Car-plunge Ferry Sets Off Coast Guard Investigation

The Coast Guard is investigating an incident that happened aboard the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry which resulted in an intending passenger's car tumbling into the James River. 4. whether the incident should be further investigated. "The Coast Guard is taking this incident very seriously," said Capt. John Little, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads.

Shipping Corporation and Two Engineers Convicted in ‘Magic Pipe’ Case

Diana Shipping Services S.A., a Panamanian corporation headquartered in Greece, Ioannis Prokakis and Antonios Boumpoutelos, both citizens of Greece, were convicted after an 12-day bench trial on charges related to the illegal discharge of waste oil and oil-contaminated waste water from the M/V Thetis, a cargo vessel operated by Diana Shipping Services, announced Robert G. Dreher, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Otis E.