New Vessel  & Tug Review

New Vessel & Tug Review

By Peter Marsh Munson Builds High-Speed Skimmer for Oil Spill Contractor Located 400 miles north of Fairbanks on Alaska’s north slope, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska is home to the largest oil field in North America. The regional oil spill response contractor, Alaska Clean Seas, maintains about 60 miles of oil containment boom and more than 100 specialized response vessels. The latest of these vessels is the 48-foot x 16-foot Pt. McIntyre, a Munson purpose-built oil aluminum skimmer designed to operate in the harsh environment above the Arctic Circle. It is based on a standard landing craft hull that company founder Bill…
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Brusco’s Partnership with Diversified Reaches 20 Years and 10 Tugs

Brusco’s Partnership with Diversified Reaches 20 Years and 10 Tugs

By Peter Marsh The Pacific Northwest has been the center for tug construction on the West Coast for at least the last 40 years, during which the azimuth stern drive (ASD) and the use of computer-aided lofting and cutting have revolutionized the way tugs are built and used. This has had the effect of allowing a typical ASD tug to become a multi-purpose craft: able to handle both ship-handling, escort and short hauling assignments with only slight additions to the deck gear. Today, naval architects are able to take their well-tested hull shapes and modify accommodation and machinery layouts using…
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USCG To Decommission Cutter Munro

USCG To Decommission Cutter Munro

This Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro is expected to be formally decommissioned after serving for 49 years, the USCG announced this week. Named after Medal of Honor recipient and Signalman First Class Douglas Albert Munro, the vessel is the Coast Guard’s lone remaining 378-foot Hamilton class cutter. The decommissioning is scheduled to take place at Coast Guard Base Kodiak with limited attendance and is expected to include Adm. Karl Schultz, the commandant of the Coast Guard; Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area; and Capt. Riley Gatewood, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro. The ceremony…
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USCG Cutter Kimball Returns to Honolulu

USCG Cutter Kimball Returns to Honolulu

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Kimball returned to Honolulu on Friday after 82 days at sea. During that time, crew members of the 420-foot Legend-class National Security Cutter returned after finishing an expeditionary patrol that supported military operations in the Pacific Ocean, the agency said. They partnered on a number of missions, including search and rescue and IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing enforcement operations. “I’m tremendously proud of my crew’s exceptional performance, especially considering how their dedication and teamwork allowed them to overcome the many challenges associated with operating by ourselves for long periods of time in remote locations and the…
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USCG Cutter Alert Returns to Astoria

USCG Cutter Alert Returns to Astoria

After 63 days conducting counter-drug patrols in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Alert returned to their Astoria, Ore. homeport on Wednesday. During their deployment, the crew partnered with various Coast Guard and Mexican law enforcement members to prevent over 2,100 pounds of cocaine worth over $41 million from coming into the U.S., the agency said. The Alert’s crew members went after a suspected smuggling vessel until it ran out of fuel. The matter was moved to Mexican law enforcement officials from the Secretaría de Marina and resulted in arrests and the seizure of 1,600 pounds of illegal…
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USCG Cutter Munro Returns to Alaska

USCG Cutter Munro Returns to Alaska

After 49 days in the Bering Sea, crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro recently arrived home to Kodiak, Alaska, the USCG announced March 17. While deployed, the high endurance cutter provided enforcement coverage in a region encompassing 890,000 square miles, protecting the $13.9 billion Alaskan fishing industry by undertaking fisheries boarding and enforcing rules to ensure commercial fishing vessel compliance. Crew members also got their first COVID-19 vaccine doses when they made a logistics stop in Dutch Harbor. "This has been an extremely exciting and rewarding patrol as it is the end of an era for not only…
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USCG Cutter Hickory Makes Emergency Water Deliveries to Alaska

USCG Cutter Hickory Makes Emergency Water Deliveries to Alaska

When Angoon, Alaska, residents were dealing with waterline failures, crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory came to their aid with four pallets of water to the remote community of 400 residents Sunday evening. Crew members of the 225-foot sea-going buoy tender based in Homer, Alaska, loaded and delivered close to 7,000 bottles of water after Coast Guard District 17 Command Center got a call from the Alaska Emergency Operations Center for help on the water delivery. About one-third of Angoon was without water, while the remaining residents had to boil water before consuming it, the USCG said. “There was…
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USCG Cutter Polar Star to Wrap Up Arctic Deployment

USCG Cutter Polar Star to Wrap Up Arctic Deployment

Crew members of the Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star will soon wrap up a months-long deployment in the Arctic, where members have been assisting scientific researchers and providing security and maritime law enforcement in the polar region. Cutter Polar Star accompanied scientists and researchers to help better understand the arctic through a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, University of Washington, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the USCG said. “The Arctic is cold, dark, and difficult to navigate in the winter,” said Capt. Bill Woityra, the Polar Star's commanding officer. “Deploying…
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Cutter Alex Haley Returns to Alaska

Cutter Alex Haley Returns to Alaska

After 50 days patrolling the Bering Sea, crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley recently arrived at their Kodiak, Alaska, homeport. During their deployment, the crew trekked more than 6,300 miles throughout the Aleutian Islands and Bristol Bay, offered search and rescue coverage for about 890,000 square miles in the area and enforced federal fisheries laws by conducting four boardings, “which ensured the sustainability of Pacific Cod stocks during the short three-week season, in support of the $13.9 billion fishing industry,” the agency said. Crew members also tended to an injured fisherman Dec. 30 located about 80 miles northeast…
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USCG Cutter Steadfast Returns to Oregon

USCG Cutter Steadfast Returns to Oregon

After 45 days and over 10,000 miles patrolling the Eastern Pacific Ocean for narcotics offenses, crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast recently came back to its Astoria, Oregon homeport. During that time, crew members boarded four suspected drug-smuggling vessels and found and took possession of over $28 million (1,675 pounds) worth of cocaine and held seven suspected narco-traffickers. The 210-foot medium endurance cutter Steadfast also finished biennial Aviation Standardization Training, netting certification for Aerial Use of Force, and was a training platform for tactical law enforcement units from Maritime Security Response Team-West. “The Steadfast crew, families, and friends really came together…
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