October 2011 Archives

October 28, 2011

Salmon farm to plead guilty

Marine Harvest, a Norwegian-based producer of farmed salmon, will plead guilty to a 2009 case of having "incidental bycatch" (the unintended capture of marine species, in this instance wild salmon and herring) at two of its facilities near the north end of Vancouver Island in the Broughton Archipelago.

Alexandra Morton of the group Salmon Are Sacred, took the case to court. She said it was subsequently taken over by the federal government.

Morton said her lawyer told her that it was the first time the Department of Justice had made such a move with a private prosecution. "We want to see this problem fixed," she said Saturday.

"They have bright lights at night. They say it's to prevent their fish from maturing too fast - they want them to just grow but they don't want them to grow eggs - but people feel that it's attracting [wild] fish to the farms."

Young fish are small enough to find their way into the fish-farm pens, Morton said. "We don't know if the farmed fish are eating them or not," she said. "There needs to be a solid barrier between the wild fish and farmed fish."

Marine Harvest spokesman Clare Backman said the company will plead guilty in court Jan. 18. He said there are two counts of incidental bycatch, but he could not elaborate further on the case until after the legal proceedings are concluded.

October 28, 2011

Oil Rig Evacuated

Crew were evacuated from the oil-rig Ocean Guardian off the Falkland Islands after the rig suffered a power failure. The rig is owned by Diamond Offshore Drilling UK.

The power failure occurred while the rig was being moved to a new location.  The crew members had finished the successful abandonment of the well in the Falklands Basin when there was a loss of power and the rig had to be evacuated by helicopter to shore.

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October 25, 2011

BP to Resume Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

According to The Huffington Post, a year and a half after the devastating Deepwater Horizon oil spill that spewed over 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration is set to allow BP to resume exploratory drilling in the Gulf of Mexico without any changes to the laws that hold companies responsible for the economic damages that such spills cause,

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced on Friday, Oct 21, that BP could proceed with plans to drill four exploratory wells roughly 200 miles from the Louisiana coast.

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October 23, 2011

11 Year Old Girl Critically Injured

An 11-year-old girl is in critical condition after being struck by a propeller. Florida Fish and Wildlife officials say the girl was tubing when she was struck by the propeller while climbing onto a boat on Lake Taray. The contact happened behind her home in the Avila community. She was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital. Her name has not been released. The FWC is investigating.

October 21, 2011

Cargo Ship Crew Charged in Grounding

A cargo ship, the Liberian- flagged Rena ran aground on October 5, about 14 miles offshore causing a massive environmental spill. Oil has already begun washing up on the beaches of Tauranga.

Rescue efforts have been hampered by the rough weather.  So far, less than 85 tons of oil have been removed from the cargo ship, which is listing dangerously.  An estimated 1400 tons of oil still remains on board.  Closer to 350 tons of oil have been leaked into the water.  The chances of the vessel breaking apart and dislodging itself from the reef are high.

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October 21, 2011

Tugboat Crewmembers Rescued

Four were rescued after their tugboat capsized in the Hudson River last week. The four included three crewmembers and the captain.

According to the New York City Fire Department, the four crewmembers were injured in the accident. Three of them were treated at the scene, and one was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

October 20, 2011

BP Lawyers Ask Judge To Dismiss Fraud Lawsuit

The Huffington Post reports in that BP lawyers are asking a district judge to dismiss a Montana lawsuit that alleges that BP took millions of dollars in insurance money and then left the state with the bill for cleaning contamination from leaky underground storage tanks.

The State of Montana and the Montana Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board have accused BP and its North American subsidiaries of fraud in the cleanup of pollution from gasoline storage tanks at service stations.

BP attorney Patrick Sullivan told District Judge Jeffrey Sherlock on Wednesday that a high standard is required to bring a fraud claim and the state's lawsuit does not meet it.

October 20, 2011

11 Turkish sailors dead or missing

Three sailors are died and eight are missing after a Turkish ship collided with a passenger ferry and sank in the Adriatic, Albanian port authorities said on Thursday.

Sailing under a Maltese flag and loaded with aluminum, the 3,000-ton Reina 1, whose owner and crew were Turkish, sank immediately after the collision with the car ferry Ankara in international waters. The collision occurred around 2 a.m. 20 miles from the Albanian port of Durres.

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October 14, 2011

Investigation into Fatal Boating Death

The US Coast Guard is to begin investigations into a fatal boat accident in the Florida Keys, which killed one person. The boat capsized after it was swamped by a large wave, and the persons on board, including a two-year-old child, survived for hours hanging onto a cooler and to the capsized boat. An eighty-year-old woman, who was holding onto her son, was swept away and died.

The seven remaining boaters were rescued, and taken to the hospital for evaluation. None of their injuries were reported to be life-threatening. All suffered exhaustion and jellyfish bites.

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October 13, 2011

Tugboat Fire Breaks Out

Fire broke out in the engine room of a tugboat Late Monday afternoon, Oct 10, on the shores of Dickinson Bayou in San Leon, TX. Two volunteer firefighters escaped serious injury when the fire flashed over them while battling the blaze.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Scott Lyons, The San Leon Volunteer Fire Department was called to the fire at the Robinson Docks on 27th Street at about 5:30 p.m.

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October 12, 2011

Ferry Delayed by Man Overboard

A man either fell or jumped from a Washington State Ferry was rescued from the waters of Puget Sound on Tuesday afternoon by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard said a crew on one of their escort boats saw someone jump off the Walla Walla and into the water. The boat investigated and pulled a person out of the water.

The man, in his 40s, was in the water for less than a minute and was taken to the Bell Harbor Marina to be evaluated by a Seattle Fire Department crew, the Coast Guard said. Crews there warmed him up and took him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The man did not suffer major injuries.

October 11, 2011

Munitions Barge St. Elias refloated

The munitions barge St. Elias, which ran aground five miles southwest of Anacortes, Wash., in Rosario Strait, Monday, was refloated, inspected and towed to Indian Island, Wash., Tuesday.

The hull of the 322-foot, dry-cargo barge was inspected by contracted divers from Global Marine & Diving, who located a 10-foot by 10-foot hole in the forward starboard hold. The hole did not affect the stability of the vessel and draft readings indicated no change to the barge's trim.

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October 11, 2011

Worker Injured in Barge Fall

A Trinity Marine worker sustained serious injuries in a fall last month. The worker was about 15 feet from a barge. The fall occurred at a Trinity Marine facility in Ashland City in Tennessee. According to local fire personnel, the man was taken to hospital with injuries.

In November 2010, a Trinity Marine worker was killed in a maritime workplace-related incident when the worker was found lying on the ground bleeding from the head.  He was rushed to the hospital, but was declared dead on arrival.

Trinity Marine received at least five OSHA citations from the agency this year, all related to the November death.  It was the third workplace-related death  at Trinity Marine in thirteen years.  Those deaths included one in July 1997, and a fatal electrocution in June 2000.

October 9, 2011

Pilot Fatigue Contributed to Collision and Oil Spill

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation team adopted the final report on the Jan. 23, 2010 collision in Port Arthur of the tanker Eagle Otome and towboat Dixie Vengeance that led to the largest Texas oil spill in more than two decades, according to federal transportation investigators.

At about 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning, the Eagle Otome, carrying 570,000 barrels of crude oil, collided with the outbound barge, tearing open one of the Eagle Otome's cargo tanks. According to the Coast Guard up to 450,000 gallons of oil spilled into the waterway.

The spill was the largest in Texas since 1990, when a Norwegian tanker spilled 4.3 million gallons about 60 miles off Galveston.

The NTSB concluded that pilot fatigue, improper communication and other distractions contributed to the Eagle Otome collision with the towboat Dixie Vengeance breached the tanker and spilled an estimated 462,000 gallons of oil into the Sabine-Neches Ship Channel.

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October 8, 2011

Tanker Crew Member Missing

The Coast Guard is continuing its search for a crew member who fell from an oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico this week.

The  31-year-old man was a crew member on the New Confidence.  At the time of the accident he was wearing no life jacket.

October 6, 2011

CG Invites Comment on Towboat Inspections

The US Coast Guard has announced a series of meetings to be held in Virginia, Missouri, Louisiana and Washington inviting public comments on the agency's proposed towing vessel inspection programs.

The agency has published notice inviting comments on the NPR. The first meeting will be held at Newport News, Virginia on October 18.  The second meeting will be held on October 24 in St. Louis, Missouri, the third meeting will be held on October 26 in Kenner, Louisiana and the last meeting will be held on November 16 in Seattle.

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October 4, 2011

Cruise ship passenger dead

A passenger aboard the Holland America cruise ship Maasdam is dead and an investigation is underway to find out how died in the Northuberland Strait.

The Holland America Line statement issued Tuesday, says it's "thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. "On October 4, 2011, shortly after arriving in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, a 75-year-old male guest aboard ms Maasdam was reported missing by his wife at approximately 8:12 a.m. local time," said the statement. "The ship immediately began a ship-wide search and did not locate the guest."

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