Pasha Hawaii’s MV George III Calls at Port of Long Beach

Pasha Hawaii’s MV George III Calls at Port of Long Beach

This week, Pasha Hawaii’s new liquefied natural gas-powered container vessel m/v George III arrived at the Port of Long Beach to refuel before heading to its Honolulu homeport for the first time. The 774-foot-long ship called at the POLB on Aug. 17. “As we mark our 75th anniversary and welcome George III to Long Beach, we are proud to continue my family’s legacy of innovation and environmental stewardship, while recognizing our employees as our extended ‘ohana’ (family),” Pasha Hawaii President and CEO George Pasha IV said. “We are also grateful for our partnership with the Port of Long Beach. Being…
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USCG Cutter Munro Crew Return to Alameda

USCG Cutter Munro Crew Return to Alameda

After 128 days at sea, the crew of U.S. Coast Guard cutter Munro returned to its Alameda homeport in mid-July. The crew traveled 20,000 nautical miles for a series of missions in the Pacific Ocean, emphasizing illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing enforcement and bolstering partnerships that fortify maritime sovereignty and security in the region with its support of Operation Blue Pacific and North Pacific Guard, the Coast Guard said. “Munro’s deployment demonstrated the Coast Guard’s unique authorities in the support of (combating) IUU fishing,” said Vice Adm. Andrew J. Tiongson, commander of the USCG’s Pacific Area. “Through Operation Blue Pacific,…
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EBDG-Designed Hybrid-Electric Ferry Enters Construction

EBDG-Designed Hybrid-Electric Ferry Enters Construction

Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) on July 6 announced that its design of a hybrid-electric passenger vehicle ferry for Casco Bay Lines of Portland, Maine will enter the construction phase at Senesco Marine of North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The 164-foot ferry is expected to replace an existing diesel-powered ferry, the Machigonne II, resulting in a reduction of 800 tons of carbon dioxide each year, helping to improve air quality. EBDG has supported Casco Bay Lines since 2018 as it prepared and planned for the replacement ferry, which is to operate between Portland and Peaks Island, Maine. The contract design, according…
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NASSCO Christens USNS Ship

NASSCO Christens USNS Ship

San Diego-based shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO on June 25 christened the USNS John L. Canley, the fourth vessel for the U.S. Navy’s reclassified Expeditionary Sea Base (ESB) program. ESB vessels are mobile sea bases with platforms made to support various missions including Air Mine Counter Measures and Special Operations Forces, according to the company. In addition to NASSCO officials, the celebration included Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Michael E. Langley, U.S. Navy representatives and Patricia A. Sargent, the ship’s sponsor, who is John L. Canley’s daughter. The 784-foot ship is named after a Medal of Honor recipient who in 1968 rescued…
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USCG Cutter Steadfast Returns to Oregon from Narcotics Patrol

USCG Cutter Steadfast Returns to Oregon from Narcotics Patrol

After 55 days patrolling the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Steadfast returned to its Astoria, Oregon, homeport on June 18. The crew of the 210-foot, 54-year-old Reliance Class cutter patrolled over 11,000 miles providing law enforcement and search-and-rescue operations off Central America coastal waters from Mexico to Costa Rica, according to the USCG. During its counter drug patrol, crew members partnered with Mexican law enforcement to “locate, track, and interdict fast-moving drug smuggling vessels,” work that resulted in 2,747 kilograms of cocaine seized by Mexican authorities. The estimated value of that haul is $109…
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USCG Cutter Hickory Gets New Commander

USCG Cutter Hickory Gets New Commander

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Hickory is now led by Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Shea G. Winterberger, who officially took command of the vessel from Cmdr. Jeannette M. Greene during a recent change-of-command ceremony at the Pioneer Pier in Homer, Alaska on May 19. Presiding over the command change was Rear Adm. Nathan A. Moore. Winterberger now oversees the 48 crew members who are responsible for maintaining over 170 buoys and beacons from Kachemak Bay to the Kuskokwim River. Winterberger comes from her latest assignment at USCG’s Office of Budget and Programs, serving as the Surface and…
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USCG Cutter Cuttyhunk Decommissioned

USCG Cutter Cuttyhunk Decommissioned

One of the U.S. Coast Guard’s remaining 110-foot Island-class patrol vessels, the cutter Cuttyhunk, was decommissioned Thursday, May 5 in a ceremony at Air Station Port Angeles in Washington. Cuttyhunk was among the 37 110-foot Island-class patrol boats in service. A fleet of 154-foot Sentinel-class cutters will replace the Island-class vessels, according to the USCG. The Cuttyhunk was commissioned in 1988 to support various USCG operations, including search and rescue, drug and fisheries enforcement and maritime homeland security. During its 34-year tenure, the vessel’s crew has accomplished more than 1,000 operations ranging from responding to search and rescue calls in…
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USCG Cutter Polar Star Returns From Operation Deep Freeze 

USCG Cutter Polar Star Returns From Operation Deep Freeze 

After 147 days traveling in Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere for Operation Deep Freeze, the 140 crew members of the Seattle-based U.S. Coast Guard cutter Polar Star returned to the U.S., dry docking in Vallejo, Calif., for upgrades.  Operation Deep Freeze is an annual mission supporting the National Science Foundation. During its most recent deployment, Polar Star made stops in Wellington and Lyttelton, New Zealand, and Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and hosted the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Navy.  In Antarctica, the cutter moved through over 450 miles of pack ice and carved out a 37-mile…
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USCG Cutter Midgett Returns to Hawaii

USCG Cutter Midgett Returns to Hawaii

After three months patrolling the Bering Sea, the crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Midgett returned to their Honolulu homeport Friday, March 4. During their time at sea, crew members provided enforcement of federal laws and regulations in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands chain and protection of the country’s fisheries and marine resources, according to the USCG. They also served as a search and rescue platform and assisted helicopter crews working out of Dutch Harbor and Cold Bay, Alaska. “This increased operational range for the aircrews and provided them with fuel for high-endurance missions,”…
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USCG Cutter Polar Star on Verge of World Record

USCG Cutter Polar Star on Verge of World Record

Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Polar Star are working with Guinness World Records to become the new official record holders of being able to reach the planet’s southernmost navigable waters. While traveling the Bay of Whales in February, the Seattle-based cutter surpassed USCG cutter Polar Sea’s 1997 Guinness World Record, reaching “a position of 78 degrees, 44 minutes, 1.32 seconds south latitude at 12:55 p.m. (Feb. 17) New Zealand time, holding a distance of approximately 500 yards from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf,” according to the agency. Polar Star traveled in waters that used to…
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