Coast Guard cites pilot’s actions in Chesapeake boxship grounding

Coast Guard cites pilot’s actions in Chesapeake boxship grounding

(BALTIMORE) – U.S. Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region completed its marine casualty investigation on Tuesday into the March 13 grounding of the containership Ever Forward in the Craighill Channel. The report of the investigation determined the incident’s causal factors to be the pilot’s failure to maintain situational awareness and attention while navigating, and inadequate bridge resource management. The 1,095-foot…
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Officials monitoring oil from Liberty ship off Florida

Officials monitoring oil from Liberty ship off Florida

(NEW ORLEANS) – The U.S. Coast Guard and Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continue to monitor periodic discharges of oil from the Liberty ship Thomas Heyward, a World War II-era vessel sunk in 1977 to serve as an artificial reef approximately 6 miles southwest of Destin, Fla. Following Hurricane Sally in September 2020, the National Response Center (NRC) began…
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FM-200 extinguishing agent being phased down

FM-200 extinguishing agent being phased down

(WASHINGTON) — The Coast Guard Office of Design and Engineering Standards has released MSIB 06-22 to inform Coast Guard officers in charge, marine inspection (OCMI) and the maritime industry that FM-200 (also known as HFC-227ea or heptafluoropropane), a fire extinguishing agent, is being phased down in production as part of the recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule to reduce the…
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Nunan named first female superintendent of USMMA

Nunan named first female superintendent of USMMA

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Maritime Administration (MarAd) on Saturday announced the appointment of Rear Adm. Joanna Nunan, U.S. Coast Guard retired, as the next superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). Nunan is the first woman to hold the position. Nunan, who spent more than three decades in the Coast Guard, has commanded units…
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Coast Guard Foundation honors members for rescue on burning rig

Coast Guard Foundation honors members for rescue on burning rig

(STONINGTON, Conn.) — The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, honored a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston on Nov. 4 at the Texas Salutes the Coast Guard event in Houston. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watch standers received notification at 12:51 p.m.…
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NSC commander permanently relieved after grounding

NSC commander permanently relieved after grounding

(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — Capt. Marc Brandt was permanently relieved of duties as the commanding officer of USCGC James (WMSL 754) on Monday. Vice Adm. Kevin Lunday, commander of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, effected the permanent relief due to a loss of confidence in Brandt’s ability to command the cutter. Brandt was temporarily relieved on Aug. 26, 2022, pending the results…
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Drillship incident leads to DP system safety alert

Drillship incident leads to DP system safety alert

(WASHINGTON) — Dynamic positioning (DP) systems meeting equipment Class 2 (DP2) and equipment Class 3 (DP3) have control features and redundancies that are often regarded by the crews of vessels using these systems as infallible. A recently investigated DP incident revealed that a DP system may still have weaknesses, even when the design and testing of the system aims to…
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