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Vigor Picks Vancouver Site to Build Army's New Landing Craft
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 01, 2019

Vigor Industrial has picked the former home of Christensen Yachts in Vancouver, Washington as the location to build the U.S. Army's new Maneuver Support Vessel (Light), or MSV(L). The MSV(L) contract represents the largest award in Vigor’s history with a total value of nearly $1 billion over 10 years.

MSV(L) is an aluminum-hulled vessel, and the site will be absorbing the production of the other aluminum product lines - the Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) for the U.S. Navy and overseas allies, the Response Boat-Medium (RB-M) for the U.S. Coast Guard and export market, Vigor’s Fast Interceptor, aluminum fast ferries and commercial workboats. The current production sites for these craft are in Seattle and Clackamas, Oregon, and these will be closed as the work is shifted to Vancouver. 

“While we’ve had operations in Vancouver since 1980, this move represents a substantial increase in the number of Vigor employees who will be living and working here," said Frank Foti, Vigor's president and CEO. “Our Vigor team looks forward to getting to know the Vancouver community better and being a force for good through our remarkable people and the economic activity associated with our work.”

Vigor says that it will eventually employ 400 workers at the site, and it will be investing millions in capital upgrades and equipment. The company picked the Vancouver yard out of many potential options in the Northwest, and the final selection came down to several factors: the possibility of bringing all its aluminum fabrication operations together in one location; the livability of the community; the proximity to existing Vigor facilities, notably Vigor's large shipyard and headquarters in Portland; and the suitability of the Christensen yard for the work. 

“Vigor’s decision to keep and grow jobs in Washington State is a testament to the great quality of life and workforce we have available here,” said Washington governor Jay Inslee in a statement. “Our team worked intently with Vigor to find a competitive solution to keep these jobs in Washington and I’m glad to see the continued success of one of our great corporate citizens contributing to our economy by creating living wage jobs in Vancouver.”

Vigor plans to begin production at the facility in May with its existing aluminum vessel classes, followed by the beginning of construction of the MSV(L) prototype in the summer. Once the prototype is completed and testing and refinements have finished, the schedule calls for four vessels in the Low Rate Production phase, followed by 32 vessels once Full Rate Production is underway. 

With Shutdown Over, USCG's Compliance Operations Fully Resume
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 01, 2019

Now that the federal government shutdown is over, the U.S. Coast Guard is catching up on a backlog of regulatory paperwork for vessels, shipowners and mariners. It is also beginning the task of taking over enforcement of the EPA's Vessel General Permit (VGP) program, as required by the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) of 2018.

The key takeaways from the shutdown for the maritime community include:

Potential backlogs for vessel compliance documentation:

- The National Pollution Funds Center (NPFC) did not process Certificate of Financial Responsibility (COFR) applications during the lapse in appropriations.

- Certificates of Documentation for commercial vessels were not processed during the shutdown, except for those necessary to meet national defense requirements or for vessels actively carrying Department of Defense cargo. Under the terms of marine safety information bulletin 1/19, vessels with expiring CODs were generally allowed to continue trading during the shutdown, so long as they submitted a renewal application.

Merchant mariner credentialing resumes:

- The National Maritime Center has reopened, and Regional Examination Centers nationwide are fully operational and open to the public.

- Merchant Mariner Credentials and Medical Certifications (National Endorsements only) set to expire in December, January or February will remain valid until May 31.

- Additional Information letters, Qualified Assessor letters, Designated Examiner letters, Proctor Approval letters, Approval to Test letters, and mariner training completion certificates set to expire in December, January or February remain valid until April 30. 

- Mariners seeking to operate on STCW endorsements that expired on or after December 1 may request continued service STCW dispensations via e-mail at

Vessel Incidental Discharge Act

The Coast Guard is also beginning the process of implementing the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA), which was enacted late last year. Among other provisions, it transfers primary responsibility for enforcing EPA performance standards for incidental discharge pollution control devices to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard is now formulating a new set of regulations that will be "at least as stringent as the current VGP" when it comes to enforcement practices and compliance documentation. 

Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, posted the following guidance for the maritime community on the Coast Guard's Maritime Commons blog:

Vessel General Permit: The VGP will not be reissued, and the existing 2013 VGP remains in full force and effect beyond its expiration date until such time that the EPA and the Coast Guard finalize and implement the new regulations that VIDA requires. Specifically, the provisions of the 2013 VGP, as currently written, apply until EPA publishes the standards of performance for marine pollution control devices and the Coast Guard publishes implementing regulations for those performance standards. New regulations will be at least as stringent as the current VGP in regards to corrective actions, inspections, monitoring, reporting, recordkeeping, and vessel-class specific requirements. New vessels must apply to the EPA for a 2013 VGP until the regulations are finalized. 

Federal Agency Responsibilities: Under VIDA, EPA will establish national standards of performance for marine pollution control devices for discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels. These discharges are currently permitted under the terms of EPA’s VGP. Under the VGP program, EPA currently permits five types of “general effluents” and 27 “specific discharge categories” for which we expect to see new discharge limit regulations developed.

Under VIDA, the Coast Guard is responsible for promulgating implementation, compliance, and enforcement requirements for standards of performance established by EPA. Coast Guard responsibilities include establishing regulations governing the vessel’s management practices, as well as the design, construction, testing, approval, installation, and use of marine pollution control devices to ensure compliance with performance standards. The Coast Guard will not simply “inherit” the VGP from EPA, rather, the Coast Guard is tasked with creating a program that is no less stringent than the VGP’s framework in ensuring, monitoring, and enforcing compliance with the discharge limits established by EPA.

State and Regional Authorities: VIDA generally preempts states from setting or enforcing state-specific ballast water management regulations different from those established by the EPA and the Coast Guard, while preserving flexibility for states and certain regions to set, administer, and enforce incidental discharges from vessels. For example, VIDA provides a process for Governors of Great Lakes States to develop an enhanced standard of performance for vessels operating in the Great Lakes, and submit it to the EPA and Coast Guard for approval. Also, VIDA provides certain requirements for, and exemptions from ballast water management practices, for vessels operating between ports or destinations along the Pacific Coast seaboard. Finally, VIDA requires the Coast Guard to cooperate with State agencies, and facilitates State enforcement of the Federal standards.

Timeline for Implementation of Regulations: VIDA requires EPA to promulgate Federal standards of performance for marine pollution control devices and best management practices, and to control or abate any discharge incidental to the normal operation of a vessel, no later than two years after enactment. Then, VIDA requires the Coast Guard to publish implementing regulations no later than two years after the EPA publishes new or revised standards of performance.

Qatar, Exxon to Proceed with $10 Billion Texas LNG Export Project -Sources
by Reuters
Friday, February 01, 2019
By Ron Bousso and Jessica Resnick-Ault LONDON/NEW YORK, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Qatar Petroleum and Exxon Mobil Corp are expected to announce plans next week to proceed with a $10 billion project that will expand a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Texas, three people familiar with the transaction said. ConocoPhillips, the third partner […]

Alpha Laval Reflects on Industry's Shifting Attitude on Scrubbers
by Ship Bunker
Friday, February 01, 2019

"Ten years ago, there were many who didn't think SOx scrubbers were feasible," says Sales Director Erik Haveman,

American Caribbean Maritime Foundation Partners with Royal Caribbean
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 01, 2019

The world's largest cruise ship, Symphone of the Seas, was the venue for the recent celebration of the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF) and Royal Caribbean International (RCI) partnership. While docked in the Nassau harbor, two recent graduates of the Lowell Jason Mortimer (LJM) Maritime Academy received full-tuition scholarships to the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) through a pledge by Royal Caribbean International (RCI) and the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation.

“We have a real commitment to people at Royal Caribbean,” said Greg Purdy, Senior Vice President, Marine Operations, Royal Caribbean International. ”With our relationship and partnership with the wider Caribbean and specifically with The Bahamas, we see that we need to make significant investments to also make The Bahamas and Caribbean a part of that future picture. We have a great amount of respect for maritime professionals in the company and we really want to do all we can to support maritime professionals.”

The two recipients, Shante Pearson and Tre´von Ferguson, were freshly dressed in their uniform whites and smiled as they accepted their scholarships as their parents and well-wishers looked on during the presentation.

The students, who completed a three-year diploma program at the LJM Maritime Academy in The Bahamas, will go on to the CMU in Kingston, Jamaica for another two years to complete a Bachelors degree in Maritime Transportation.

The American Caribbean Maritime Foundation, headed by President and Executive Director Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger, exists to support the work of the Caribbean Maritime University with activities focused on raising funds for scholarships, equipment, facilities and infrastructure, including classrooms, physical amenities and to support the development of the maritime community in which the University is located. The scholarships are the first two of six that will be made available by ACMF. 

“We couldn’t have a better partner than Royal. They get the strategic importance of educating the next generation of Caribbean mariners,” said Dr. Metzger. 

“This is an historic moment for The Bahamas as well as LJM Maritime Academy. We are grateful to Royal Caribbean for this opportunity for our students to pursue further studies at CMU,” said LJM Maritime Academy President, Dr. Brendamae Cleare. “Thanks also to the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation. They were the ones who actually contacted us initially to make sure that our students could do this and we are thankful and grateful to them."

Shante Ferguson, scholarship recipient, shared what the scholarship meant to her and where her inspiration for the sea grew from. “My father, he is a product of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. I was always on boats. From then I said that I wanted to have a career on the sea, “she said. “This scholarship means a lot. It’s an opportunity for me to finish my career and make it to my ultimate goal which is to be a captain of a cruise ship.”

Tre’von Ferguson recalled an early attraction to the sea instilled in him by his late uncle who was a fisherman and longingly looking out at ships pulling in and out of the Grand Bahama Container Port whenever he would accompany his mother to her office. “I am ecstatic for the opportunity,” said Ferguson, who got a chance to perch in the captain’s chair during a behind the scenes tour of the ship. “I sat in the captain’s chair where I felt tremendous pressure but I’m actually looking forward to feeling that pressure someday.”

Dr. Fritz Pinnock, President Caribbean Maritime University shared the impact of relationships between the entities present that will go a long way to assist in increasing employment of people in the Caribbean. “The Caribbean host[s] almost 40% of the world’s cruise deployment and yet less than 7% of employment,” he said. “So I’m really happy for this opportunity with Royal Caribbean because it now gives an amazing opportunity for Caribbean people to be moving up to the levels of captains and chief engineers.”

“One thing we are most proud of at Royal Caribbean is our ability to award scholarships,” said Purdy. “We award scholarships to both LJM Maritime Academy and to CMU and we’d like to thank them both for their partnership. I’m thrilled to be here again to continue supporting maritime efforts. What we are supporting here is job growth in the Caribbean and in The Bahamas.”

Dozens of Bulk Vessels Stuck Off China Ports Amid Customs Delays -Data, Sources
by Reuters
Friday, February 01, 2019
By Henning Gloystein and Muyu Xu SINGAPORE/BEIJING, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Dozens of ships carrying coal and iron ore to China are stuck outside ports waiting to unload, according to shipping data, with traders saying harbour authorities are taking longer than usual to clear the imports with customs officials. Refinitiv data showed on Friday that […]

Photos: Fire Breaks Out on APL Container Ship
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 01, 2019

The Vietnamese Coast Guard is responding to a cargo fire aboard the container ship APL Vancouver off Vung Ro, Vietnam. It is the latest in a series of container ship cargo fires in recent years, including the well-publicized incidents aboard the Yantian Express, Maersk Honam, Maersk Kensington, Wan Hai 307, MSC Flaminia and MSC Daniela.

According to operator APL, the fire started in one of the Vancouver's cargo bays at about 0430 hours on Thursday morning. Video from the scene indicates that the blaze is centered on a container stack located just forward of the accommodations block. 

At about 0330 hours on Friday, the Vietnamese Coast Guard vessel CSB 8005 arrived at the APL Vancouver's position, and she is now coordinating with the boxship's crew for ongoing firefighting efforts. Commercial salvors have also been engaged and are en route to the site. 

Video stills courtesy Vietnam Coast Guard

All 24 crewmembers are reportedly in good health, and no pollution has been reported. 

The APL Vancouver is a 9,300 TEU container ship built in 2013 and flagged in Singapore. She was under way from Shekou to Singapore at the time of the fire. 

The International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) has warned that the design and firefighting arrangements of modern container ships can make cargo fires difficult to address. "Once established, a fire can be virtually impossible to get under control," asserted Nick Haslam, group director of shipping services for LOC, in a recent post for IUMI. "This is because of a combination of factors; restricted access to the cargo stow where many of the fires have started and the sheer size and scale of an ultra large container vessel (ULCV), together with inadequate crew training and equipment."

Maersk Confirms ‘Significant Reduction’ in Cadet Recruiting from UK, South Africa
by Mike Schuler
Friday, February 01, 2019
A.P. Moller – Maersk has confirmed changes to its long-term crew strategy which will result in the significant reduction of cadets recruited from South Africa and UK, a spokesperson for Maersk told gCaptain in response to unconfirmed social media reports. “As part of Maersk Line’s long term crew strategy, we have decided to adjust the […]

Cape Verde Seizes Record Cocaine Haul from Russian Ship
by Reuters
Friday, February 01, 2019
PRAIA, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Police in Cape Verde seized nearly ten tonnes of cocaine and arrested 11 people on a Russian vessel docked in the capital, the police said on Friday, in the largest single drug haul in the island country’s history. An Atlantic archipelago of 500,000 people off Africa’s west coast, Cape Verde […]

Cleaning Up After Hurricane Michael
by The Maritime Executive
Friday, February 01, 2019

[By PO2 Paul Klug]

The Florida Panhandle experienced pure devastation from Hurricane Michael, Oct. 10, 2018. It ripped through coastal towns and made its way inland, driving people from their homes and leaving thousands without power and fresh water. Relief efforts from federal and state agencies, as well as local and out-of-state volunteers, responded to help displaced survivors.

After the hurricane, the spotlight shifted away from Northwestern Florida. Those not affected went on with their lives, news outlets found more current stories to follow and disasters on the West Coast demanded the nation’s focus. However, despite the end of search and rescue operations, members of the Coast Guard (active duty, reserveand civilian), stayed behind to complete a critical mission not often found in headlines: Emergency Support Function (ESF) 10 – Oil and Hazardous Materials Response.

Marine science technicians Heath Ard and Christian Heming observe vessel removal efforts, Panama City, Florida. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Krug)

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the ESF-10 mission “includes the appropriate actions to prepare for and respond to public health, welfare, or the environment caused by actual or potential oil and hazardous materials incidents”. In this specific case, displaced, damaged, overturned and sunken vessels in state waters have posed such a threat to the area. A Unified Command, consisting of the Coast Guard, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and salvage contractors, was established to address the threat head-on, Oct. 21, 2018.

The Coast Guard set up an Incident Command Post (ICP) in Miramar Beach, Florida, consisting of operations, planning, logistics, finance, documentation, situation, environmental and demobilization units. With a fully staffed ICP and a steady rotation of incident commanders, the effort to remove environmental threats from local waterways was underway.

A team consisting of Coast Guard and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission personnel conduct a vessel assessment in Port St. Joe, Florida, Nov. 10, 2018 (USCG)

“Thanks to our partnerships with FWC, NOAA and private industry, we are making great progress toward the successful completion of our mission to help return our maritime environment to pre-storm conditions,” said Cmdr. Catherine Phillips, the current Deputy Incident Commander.

Outside of the ICP, Coast Guard members from multiple districts, including the National Strike Force, began deploying to areas posing potential threats. Working alongside FWC, NOAA personnel and salvage contractors, field teams started the process to rectify concentrated areas of displaced vessels. Over 500 targets were assessed within the Panama City Beach and surrounding areas.

A displaced vessel is removed from Fanning Bayou, Panama City, Florida, Nov. 15, 2018 (USCG)

With such a large area of responsibility, the expectation of challenges was high. One of the more common issues found in the field is distinguishing ownership of displaced vessels and whether removal and/or recovery responsibilities would fall on the owner/operator, pier owners, or insurance companies (if the vessel was covered by insurance before the hurricane).

“Each scenario is case-by-case and not always black and white,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Clark, a marine science technician overseeing operations in the Massalina Bayou in Panama City. “Acting as a mediator between vessel owners and the owner of a pier is a big part of the job.”

Other challenges have presented themselves throughout the operation, resembling an ethical dilemma.

“To me, the hardest part of this response was finding common ground with the owners of destroyed vessels,” said Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Parrington. “The last thing they want to deal with is salvaging their boat while already burdened by the destruction of their homes.”

Part of the Coast Guard’s mission here is to help restore the environment back to its natural state. Removing displaced vessels, while potentially causing hardship for some vessel owners, is a difficult yet necessary step.

“There is a tangible benefit amid all of the destruction provided to the people of the region,” said Parrington. “These beautiful waterfront properties, ecosystems and waterways are what we are here helping to restore.”

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class TJ James assesses a displaced vessel in Panama City, Florida, Nov. 6, 2018 (USCG)

Once a displaced vessel has been assessed as a potential hazard, field teams determine whether or not it is targeted for recovery or removal. If targeted for removal, the owner/operator must take it upon themselves, or work with their insurance company, to recover their displaced vessel from its current position and move it back to the original location and make any necessary repairs. Additionally, some vessels require the recovery of oil/hazardous materials.

Vessels targeted for removal are lifted from the water or shoreline via crane and transported to a staging area where vessel owners are provided an opportunity to salvage their boat or release ownership. Chief Petty Officer Matthew Cote, a marine science technician assigned to the staging area, oversees this process alongside FWC personnel.

“What has gone very well is the communication and coordination with the contractors directly involved with the transition of vessels from the transition site to staging,” said Cote. “This has allowed for very efficient and smooth transfers without complications. In addition, working in conjunction with the FWC representatives has been outstanding.”

As operations continue, the ESF-10 mission has begun to see light at the end of the tunnel.

“This has been a total team effort of all levels to include federal, state and private industry to support the ESF-10 mission,” said Mr. Kevin Sligh, Deputy Office Chief, Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy and current incident commander. “The coordination has been outstanding and crucial to supporting the state of Florida and its residents.”

This article appears courtesy of Coast Guard Compass and may be found in its original form here

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