The US Coast Guard will decommission the 'Douglas Munro (WHEC 724)', the Coast Guard’s last 378-foot Hamilton class cutter, following 49 years of service, during a ceremony on April 24, 2021, at 11 a.m. on th eCoast Guard Base Kodiak. The cutter’s namesake is Signalman First Class Douglas Albert Munro, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for acts of extraordinary heroism during World War II. Munro was in charge of an eight-craft amphibious landing force during the Guadalcanal Campaign. Munro bravely used his landing craft and its .30 caliber machine gun to shield and protect several hundred Marines who were under heavy enemy fire. He was mortally wounded during this effort, but his actions allowed for the Marines to be extracted by other landing craft. For these actions Munro was posthumously bestowed the Medal of Honor, making him the only person to receive the medal for actions performed during service in the Coast Guard.
The crew aboard the 'Aizdihar', which has been at Bandar Abbas since Oct 25, 2020, was begging for relief from their plight as they lacked diesel and provisions. The crew, mainly from India, have been on board the vessel since February 2020. The vessel was flagged with St. Kitts & Nevis at the time of the abandonment, but was reflagged with Tanzania in August 2020. The abandonment was reported in October 2020. The ship only has power for two hours a day. A problem had arisen with the cargo, and loading had been cancelled due to a dispute between the owner and charterer. The International Transport Workers' Federation said in December hat the crew were owed more than $195,000. In March 2021, the ITF said the owner had paid outstanding wages and 12 crew members were repatriated. The remaining crew, who reported 'inhumane living conditions', said they lacked food, water, and provisions.
renamed NYVING, Nis flagged and being rebuilt to a Self Discharger
The US Coast Guard decommissioned the 'Shearwater' during a ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May that was presided over by Capt. Jonathan Theel, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, on April 15. She was one of the Coast Guard’s 70 remaining 87-foot Marine Protector-class patrol boats. TRACEN Cape May is now the homeport to three Coast Guard Fast Response Cutters. Commissioned in 2002, the 'Shearwater' was the 49th of 73 coastal patrol boats built for search and rescue, ports, waterways, and coastal security, living marine resource enforcement, marine safety, and marine environmental protection. Report with photo: https://coastguardnews.com/coast-guard-cutter-shearwater-decommissioned-after-19-years-of-service/2021/04/15/
The 'Karar' which was boarded 300 miles from Lisbon and 400 from miles Vigo in April 2020 with 3,824 kilos of cocaine on board, remains idled in the port of Vigo. The ship has not moved from the berth next to A Laxe and occupies a complete side of the dock. With the judicial investigation completed and the indictment issued some weeks ago, there is still not the slightest hope that the 'Karar' will sail again, not even the Ría de Vigo, in the short or medium term. IT could be sought to determine whether the shipowner, or the owner company, would have a share in the transportation of the 3,824 kilos of coca. This possibility, since the indictment has already been issued and the instruction is finalized, was unlikely. The other option was that neither the shipowner nor the owners take charge of the hull. Both the new owner company and the shipowner are located in Panama. The omission of responsibilities of the shipowner and the owner was already clear a few weeks after the boarding of the ship. The crew, from Nepal and Bangladesh, entered the A Lama prison, after testifying before the judge without the legal cover of their bosses. They even turned to their respective embassies in Spain to find shelter. Meanwhile, the 'Karar' continued to deteriorate.