German cargo ship fire contained

Salvage and fire-fighting experts have made progress in containing the fire on board the 33,772 dwt multipurpose ship Purple Beach in the German Bay near Wilhelmshaven. Smoke emissions from the vessel, owned and operated by German breakbulk liner company MACS, have decreased after fire-fighters

Authorities Respond to Ship Grounding in Texas

By MarEx 2015-05-28 08:45:27

The Coast Guard is working with state and local partners in response to a bulk carrier loaded with sulfur that ran aground in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday, while transiting outbound from Neches Industrial Park.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Control Port Arthur received a call from the pilot aboard the 615-foot Panamanian flagged vessel Jian Qiang, stating they ran hard aground approximately 1 mile from the westernmost jetty, outside buoys 33 and 34, in the Gulf of Mexico.

There were no reports of significant damage, injury or pollution discharge. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

The Coast Guard, the Texas General Land Office, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the vessel’s owners are working together and providing oversight for the coordination and development of a plan to free the vessel.

“Safety is our primary concern,” said Lt. Lynn Buchanan. “Our goal is to continue working with the vessel’s owners and our local agencies to construct and execute a course of action that frees the vessel while maintaining the highest level of safety for the personnel involved and minimizing any potential impact to the environment.”


Unified Command Coordinates Alaska Fuel Spill Cleanup

By MarEx 2015-05-28 08:28:38

A Unified Command consisting of representatives from the Coast Guard, Department of the Interior, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, City of Seldovia and the responsible party, formed to respond to a 6,000 gallon diesel fuel discharge into the Gulf of Alaska has completed fuel removal from the damaged tank trailer aboard the motor vessel Thor’s Hammer Tuesday.

Response crews and contractors from Alaska Chadux Corporation removed the 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel remaining in the punctured tank, as well as 28 bags of oily waste collected by the motor vessel Thor’s Hammer’s crew. The 6,000 gallons of spilled diesel is no longer recoverable due to weathering and evaporation.

A Western Alaska Captain of the Port Order required the motor vessel Thor’s Hammer to remain in Seldovia until the vessel was cleaned and determined to be safe for transit to Homer. The vessel was later authorized to proceed to Homer where Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Homer personnel are scheduled to conduct a safety examination. The Captain of the Port Order also required the Thor’s Hammer to remain in Homer until determined safe for commercial operation. The Coast Guard is currently conducting an investigation into the operations of the vessel.

“Ensuring safe navigation and preventing environmental impacts on the vital waters of Western Alaska are two of my highest priorities,” said Capt. Paul Mehler III, Captain of the Port, Western Alaska. “As such, our crews have been working closely with other members of the Unified Command to reduce the risk of further impact to the environment.”