The Coast Guard on Jan 19, 2012, was responding to the report of an allision from two barges breaking away from a towing vessel at the Liberty Highway Bridge on the Monongahela River. At approximately 2:30 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report that the "Marge Mcfarlin" had allided with the Liberty Highway Bridge at mile marker 1.1 on the Monongahela River, while pushing 12 loaded coal barges. The allision resulted in two barges breaking away. The remaining barges were safely contained. One barge sank in the vicinity of the Fort Pitt Bridge, and the second barge drifted downriver where it struck a barge fleeting area, causing a moored barge to break loose. Both barges were resting at mile marker 0.8, at the foot of Smithfield Street Bridge. A Coast Guard investigation team was on scene conducting a marine casualty investigation. The barge owner’s representative is on site evaluating the situation and developing a salvage plan to remove the sunken barge from the river where it poses a hazard to navigation. The Coast Guard has implemented a safety zone on the Monongahela River from mile marker 0.0 to mile marker 1.2, closing the river to all traffic. The salvage crews coordinating the recovery of the submerged barge remained on scene overnight, and recovery efforts resumed early next morning. The sunken barge remained a hazard to navigation, and the tug "James Garrett", which was responsible for coordinating salvage operations, illuminated the location throughout the night. Requests for transit through the safety zone are being evaluated by the Captain of the Port on a case-by-case basis.
A new floating hotel for windfarm construction workers is due to arrive at the Sheringham Shoal offshore windfarm in the UK to replace the previous “floatel”, which is required elsewhere. The 145m former cruise ferry Regina Baltica joins the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm in February.
Regina Baltica has been contracted as a hotel vessel for at least six months to provide accommodation for the workers who will install and commission the remaining wind turbines and electrical infrastructure at the windfarm.
She takes over from 153m Wind Ambition, which leaves the Scira Offshore Energy project at the end of this month. Source : Offshore News Online
13 more containers lifted off Rena, Smit Borneo manoeuvred alongside
Continued fine weather has allowed 13 containers to be lifted off the Rena wreck. Salvors have been able to manoeuvre the Smit Borneo alongside the Rena today, allowing the containers to be lifted off the bow section. Braemar continues to search for containers on the sea-bed, with a number of targets identified between the wreck and Motiti Island.
There will also be more heli lifting of milk powder from the bow today, it said. Further debris from the wreck has washed ashore, as far afield as East Cape, but Braemar specialists the situation is under control.
Maritime New Zealand said clean-up is continuing at Waihi Beach where more sheets of wood and other debris have come ashore at the northern end near the surf club. tvnz.co.nz/nation...
Salvage firms line up to recover stricken Costa Concordia
Dutch, US and Danish marine salvage experts are among the firms lined up to break up or salvage the wrecked ocean liner Costa Concordia, news agency Reuters reports.
A salvage expert appointed by one of the ship’s insurers said companies likely to bid include Smit Salvage, an arm of Dutch group Boskalis-Westminster, Titan Salvage, owned by Crowley Maritime Corp of the US and Denmark's Svitzer, owned by Maersk.
‘The ship is definitely refloatable, but it's a question of cost-benefit about whether that is worth it,’ he told the news agency. www.dutchnews.nl/...
Rescue work suspended early morning after the ship moved again
Italian rescue workers suspended their search of the capsized Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia after the ship moved again on Friday, firefighters' spokeman Luca Cari said, Reuters reports.
Cari said the various units of rescue squads would hold a meeting shortly to evaluate the situation and discuss the next step. He said he could not say by how much the ship had moved.
The seas around the island of Giglio, where the ship capsized a week ago, were choppy and the weather was predicted to worsen in the course of the day.
Costa Concordia disaster: Crew urged passengers to 'return to cabins'
A video has emerged showing the crew of the Costa Concordia reassuring passengers nothing was wrong, after the cruise ship had begun taking in water.
In the amateur footage, a crew member says "everything is under control" and asks passengers to go to their cabins.
It is thought the delay in deciding to abandon the ship may have cost lives. At least 11 people died.
Rescue workers have suspended their search once again after the ship shifted in choppy waters on Friday. More to read at www.bbc.co.uk/new...
Philippine cargo ship stranded off Wijk aan Zee near Ijmuiden
The Philippine cargo ship Aztec Maiden had an accident off the Dutch coast on Friday, and is now stranded and at risk of leaking fuel, local media reported citing emergency services.
The Aztec Maiden, carrying 21 crew and no cargo, is 200 metres from the Dutch beach of Wijk aan Zee, which is near the Dutch port of Ijmuiden, northwest of Amsterdam, Dutch news agency ANP reported. (Reuters)
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Nome fuel delivery complete, vessels prepare for departure
NOME, Alaska – Coast Guard, state, local, and industry personnel completed the safe delivery of an estimated one million gallons of diesel and 300,000 gallons of gasoline to the city of Nome Jan 19 2012 at 5:30 a.m. Two hoses were used to transfer the much needed fuel from the Russian-flagged tanker vessel Renda more than 500 yards across the ice to an on shore fuel tank storage facility. Fuel transfer operations began Jan 16. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy will now focus at freeing the Renda from the ice, where it was purposely frozen during the fuel transfer, and will lead the Renda back across more than 360 miles of sea ice to the open water of the Bering Sea. The tentative departure date for Healy and Renda is schedule for Jan 20. Full story at Maritime Bulletin www.odin.tc