Crowley’s Crew Get Recognition for Kulluk Salvage Effort

first_img[mappress]Press Release, June 19, 2013 The captain and crew of Crowley’s Prevention and Response tug (PRT) Alert were personally recognized by Representative Eric Feige from the Alaska State Legislature for courage, teamwork and professionalism during the emergency rescue tow of the drill barge Kulluk off the southern point of Kodiak Island.During their meeting, he presented them with a letter of commendation from the members of the 28th Alaska State Legislature, which stated the following: “The crew safely and methodically adapted to changing conditions, used their training to identify and manage hazards, and then performed each task to minimize the risks associated with those hazards…We express our admiration and respect to each man individually, and to the crew for its superb teamwork, conducting themselves at all times as professional mariners in an extreme and challenging incident.”Typically used for tanker escorts to and from the Alyeska Valdez Marine Terminal, the 10,192-horsepower Alert departed Valdez in response to the Unified Command’s request for assistance and arrived on scene to find Kulluk adrift at 4.5 knots in rough weather and sea conditions. The crew of Alert was able to catch a training line from Kulluk, despite having their deck awash by 30-foot seas, and proceeded to tie off and commence tow. The crew slowed and re-oriented the Kulluk’s drift so that the original towing tugboat could secure a connection to the drilling rig. However, with increasing heavy weather the original towing tug connection parted after approximately 10 hours.Once attached, Alert remained tethered by emergency tow line to the Kulluk and continuously maintained tow. With 54-foot seas and 40 to 50 knot winds, the Alert was being pushed backwards up to two knots toward the Kodiak Island shore. A day later, the Unified Command directed the Alert to release the tow wire. Only after confirmation of the order, did the crew of the Alert reluctantly release their tow wire.As stated in the commendation referencing the U.S. Coast Guard’s investigation of the incident: “The tug Alert and all of Crowley Maritime Services [Crowley] equipment used in the evolution of the rescue attempt and towing of the Kulluk performed flawlessly, met and exceeded standards.”Following the formal recognition of the crew by Rep. Feige, he along with Mayor Dave Cobb from the City of Valdez, spent two hours touring the Alert and individually congratulating each member of the crew including: Captain Rod Layton, Brad Burger, Brett Spellman, James Mueller, Craig Matthews, Leroy Edenshawn and Walt Nickerson.“This was a fine tribute to what we value – our people, operational excellence and innovation,” said Charlie Nalen, Crowley’s vice president of Valdez Operations.Crowley’s Valdez operation includes personnel and specialized tugs to help protect the environment through a contract with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company’s Ship Escort/Response Vessel System (SERVS). As part of the commercial partnership, the company provides tug escorts for tankers traveling through Prince William Sound to and from the Valdez Marine Terminal, assuring safe passage, even under the most extreme winter weather conditions and also provides secure docking and undocking operations at the oil product loading terminals. Primary tugs in the area include both Alert and Prince William Sound class vessels, all of which were specifically designed for tanker escort and assist work in the region and feature best-in-class technology, firefighting, emergency and oil spill response capabilities. Annual emergency tow exercises of loaded tankers conducted by SERVS well prepared the Alert crew for the Kulluk rescue tow.Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 121-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides project solutions, transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales.Read More on the Kulluk incident here.last_img read more

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Avoiding a constitutional standoff

first_img Angelo Micciche, Borlase & Co, Helston, Cornwall I agree entirely with Joshua Rozenberg. Newspapers would help their own cause by just reporting the news and not stretching extra-marital tittle-tattle to several pages in each daily edition. Not door-stepping errant spouses and their young families would also be a good start. I am, however, concerned when specialist firms accuse the press of having a vested interest, when these firms stand to make millions of pounds out of shoring up the self-damaged reputations of the rich and powerful. Privacy may well be a right, but notably, like anti-defamation law, only for those who can afford it. Our courts, executive and the advisers of those seeking super-injunctions should be more worldly wise and acknowledge the ‘Streisand effect’, and the technological and jurisdictional limitations of such a legal remedy. Together with the fourth estate they should give greater respect to the balance of privacy with freedom of the press – both are, along with respect for the legal system, essential for a healthy democracy. A constitutional standoff between the courts and members of parliament would be avoided and the use of what are effectively peacetime D notices for extra-curricular activities would end immediately. Do our senior judges really need more legislation and guidance from parliament, which in any event and in practice would have to be interpreted by judges, in order to balance our freedoms?last_img read more

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UK needs housing crisis solution

first_imgSubscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

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BIM and the dark arts of insurance

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Crew safe after Purple Beach fire

first_imgThe ship’s own carbon dioxide extinguishing system was used by the crew to suppress the fire, and the cargo hold concerned was sealed as an immediate counter measure, said MACS. The crew has since been evacuated and brought to safety.Since May 26, the Central Command for Maritime Emergencies Germany (CCME) has taken over command of the fire-fighting operations and all further actions, but MACS says it is supporting the rescue team in all available resources.A fire-fighting unit of the CCME and the multipurpose vessel Mellum have been accompanying Purple Beach at deep water roads anchorage in the German Bight, about 30 km west of Helgoland.The CCME continues to examine the vessel, which was loaded with fertilisers in the port of Antwerp. The Atlantic Task Force (ATF) has also been alerted.Measures taken should provide an overall impression of the vessel to the CCME in order to determine further steps, said MACS. The ship operator added that it is already in negotiation for another charter vessel, and will announce the substitute ship shortly.  www.macship.comlast_img read more

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4 charged in Senegal over doctored WhatsApp photo of president

first_imgFour people have been charged over sharing a doctored photo of Senegalese President Macky Sall’s face superimposed on the body of a naked man via WhatsApp, a lawyer said on Friday.The three women and one man, all in their twenties, where imprisoned on Friday in Dakar after a judge charged them with sharing an offensive image and criminal conspiracy, Bassirou Sakho, the lawyer of one of the women told AFP.According to local media, police are searching for a fifth person who is currently in The Gambia for allegedly sending the image via the messaging application.A member of the WhatsApp group had alerted police, according to local media.Punishment in the west African country for sending offensive images ranges from one month to two years imprisonment with fines of up to 300 000 CFA francs ($515).The arrests come as the country gears up for legislative elections on July 30, with the deadline for submitting candidates in the poll expiring earlier this week.Senegal is widely considered one of the continent’s most stable democracies.last_img read more

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Around 20 dead and dozens wounded in Sudan protests

first_imgSudan releases dozens arrested over bread protests Related 20 dead after boat sinks near Timbuktu Death toll of Sudan protests rises to 24 People protest near the defence ministry building in Khartoum, Sudan, in this still image taken from a social media video obtained on April 9, 2019. Courtesy Sudan Congress Party/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES People protest near the defence ministry building in Khartoum, Sudan, in this still image taken from a social media video obtained on April 9, 2019. Courtesy Sudan Congress Party/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVESAround 20 people have reportedly been killed and dozens wounded in attacks since Saturday by “masked gunmen” on a sit-in outside the defence ministry compound in Khartoum, the head of Sudan’s main opposition party said on Tuesday.The leader, Sadiq al-Mahdi, also called for “the handing of power to a select military command that is qualified to negotiate with representatives of the people to build a new system qualified to achieve peace and democracy”.Demonstrations have taken place outside the heavily guarded military and intelligence headquarters since Saturday. Protests initially erupted on 19 December after a government decision to triple the price of bread and evolved into nationwide demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year-rule.Among the dead are at least two army soldiers, who were killed by Sudanese security forces while they attempted to protect protesters in front of the defence ministry, according to an opposition-linked group.The Sudan Doctors’ Committee, a group affiliated with the opposition, said two soldiers were shot dead early on Tuesday during clashes between government security forces and Sudanese soldiers. Security forces have made several attempts to break up the protest, but army soldiers have repeatedly come out to protect the demonstrators, often firing shots in the air and deploying soldiers on streets around the protesters.On Tuesday the US, Britain and Norway urged Sudan to deliver a “credible plan for political transition” in the wake of the on-going anti-government protests. “Failing to do so risks causing greater instability. The Sudanese leadership has a grave responsibility to avoid such an outcome,” the troika on Sudan said.It also called on Sudanese authorities to “to release all political detainees, stop the use of violence against peaceful protesters, remove all restrictions to freedoms, lift the state of emergency and allow for a credible political dialogue”.last_img read more

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Five Guyana soldiers charged with armed robberies at mining camp

first_img Share Share Commodore-Gary-Best-in-discussions-with-minersGEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — An officer and four other ranks of the Guyana Defence Force have been arrested in relation to their alleged involvement in criminal conduct, reportedly committed in the Cuyuni mining district recently.This follows the visit made by the chief-of-staff, Commodore Gary Best to the mining community at the Julian Ross Landing on Friday. During that visit Best assured the miners that once the alleged perpetrators of the conduct were identified, he would ensure that they were charged and placed before the courts.The miners cooperated and, as a result, the officer and ranks said to have committed the criminal acts were positively identified as being present and entering the mining camps. Best made good on his promise to the community when he said, “Once we have evidence that the soldiers came here and went to the backdam and robbed the miners, I will ensure that they are charged and put before the court; and if they have to end up in prison, then they will end up in prison.” The men were escorted by GDF investigators and brought to Camp Ayanganna on Sunday.The officer and ranks are currently detained in Camp Ayanganna, where they were charged with military offences. They appeared before a commanding officer and were remanded for a summary of evidence with a view to court martial proceedings. At this time the Guyana Defence Force has sufficient evidence to charge the ranks under military law. The alleged criminal conduct by the officer and ranks in the mining camp and at the Julian Ross landing continues to be investigated by the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force.Best reiterated that criminal conduct by officers and ranks of the Guyana Defence Force will not be tolerated and that transgressors of the Force’s policies and standard operating procedures, particularly in this regard, will be severely dealt with at the Force level and will also face criminal charges before the nation’s courts.The Guyana Defence Force, through publication in the newspapers, has also emphasised to the mining community across Guyana that “Officers and soldiers of the Guyana Defence Force are not authorised to conduct ANY mining operations, request to see and inspect any mining licenses or intermeddle into any mining activities except in the presence of a GGMC Mining Officer. Therefore, members of the mining community must not submit themselves to any actions by officers and soldiers of the Guyana Defence Force acting alone with respect to enforcement of laws governing mining in Guyana.”Caribbean News Now 28 Views   2 comments Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share NewsRegional Five Guyana soldiers charged with armed robberies at mining camp by: – February 4, 2013last_img read more

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DPSU will meet with PM, but alone

first_imgBusinessLocalNews DPSU will meet with PM, but alone by: Dominica Vibes News – April 4, 2017 323 Views   3 comments Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union, Thomas Letang (file photo)Amid negotiations relating to the 2015/2018 triennium for salaries, the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) has made it clear that it will meet with the government but alone. Finance Minister, Prime Minister announced on 29 March 2017 that government planned to dialogue with trade unions and other worker organizations, all employer bodies, leading members of civil society and senior public officers on 24 April 2017 so that they can understand the facts related to the performance of the economy and government earnings.Mr Skerrit said the meeting will apprise the trade union representatives of what is practical and what isn’t because “government can only commit to spending what it reasonably expects to collect”.“We are making it clear, we have absolutely and I repeat, we have absolutely no objection to meeting with the Prime Minister but we are saying if you want to meet with us, you have to meet with us by ourselves,” General Secretary of the DPSU Thomas Letang said during a press conference on Tuesday April 4, 2017. Letang said DPSU will not have a meeting with the prime minister without using the opportunity to talk about injustice done to Public Works employees who were laid off almost two years and have not been paid redundancy. “You know if we bring that at a meeting, where the church is present, we bring that at a meeting where all the other stakeholders are present, we will be told that this is not the forum for that. So we want a forum where we can talk about the issues affecting the people who we represent, all our members, not only public officers…So that is one of the reasons we are saying yes we’ll meet, but we want you to have a meeting with us.”Letang further claimed that the DPSU has been disrespected as their proposed request for a meeting on Thursday March 30, 2017 was not acknowledged. He revealed that DPSU received a letter from the Chief Personnel Officer dated March 28, 2017 informing them of a scheduled meeting for April 13, 2017 at the Ministry of Finance at 10 a.m., however, their letter dated March 21, 2017 requesting their meeting was not mentioned. “But I believe not mentioning it is, I do not even want to use the wrong word, but just showing okay we will not yield to your request…it has to be by our own thing, we tell you when we want to meet with you, that is unacceptable. So the whole question of dialogue is something that we have to look at.”Letang added that when the DPSU meets with government both parties are negotiating on “equal terms and it cannot be one party that decides and determine when we meet; anyone of us can propose that we meet”.This approach by the government he said cannot be accepted, “if there is a conference, or if there is a meeting, as they are proposing, that we have to sit with other people for you to tell us why a salary increase cannot be paid”. Share Sharelast_img read more

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Indians Shut Down OF Michael Brantley For Rest of 2015 Season

first_img Matt Loede Related TopicsIndiansMichael BrantleyMLBTerry Francona Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img CLEVELAND – The season is over for Tribe left fielder Michael Brantley, as the team announced today they are shutting him down due to a sore right shoulder.Manager Terry Francona made the announcement before the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against Minnesota.“Whenever the rest period is over, he’ll ramp it back up just to make sure everything feels good going into his off-season,” Francona told the media prior to the doubleheader vs the Twins. “That will be a week, 10 days away, just so that we know, going into the off-season, he’s not fighting that and can go back into his normal program.”Brantley had another solid season, hitting .310 with 15 homers and 84 runs batted in. He added 45 doubles, 68 runs and 15 steals.Francona talked about how Brantley has been one of the club’s most consistent leaders throughout 2015, and how much he’s grown in that regard. He battled various injuries throughout the season, including a sore back, which plagued him dating back to Spring Training.“I think Brantley has grown by leaps and bounds this year, as far as leadership goes, things like that,” Francona said. “I already thought he was good. Because of all of things he had to face this year physically, I think he handled himself like a pro and he’s getting better. That’s exciting.”The Indians left fielder hurt the shoulder attempting to make a diving catch last week in Minnesota. He sat out four games but played Sunday and Monday, before being he was out of the lineup for last night’s game, which was rained out anyway. A MRI on Brantley’s shoulder showed he has inflammation, and Brantley got a cortisone shot today. last_img read more

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