USCG Cutter John McCormick Arrived Ketchikan Alaska

The new United States Coast Guard (USCG) cutter John McCormick arrived in Ketchikan, Alaska Friday morning after a 40-day journey from Florida.

Captain Shannan Greene says the new cutter will provide more response capability for the entire Southeast Alaska region.

“Even though they are homeported here in Ketchikan, they will be patrolling throughout Southeast Alaska, doing all Coast Guard missions,” she said. “(The cutter has) a lot more capability. The boat is 154 feet long. We’re going from 1,800 mission hours per year to 2,500, and from a crew of 16 to a crew of 23, so a lot more capability for us here in Southeast.”

The ship will be open to the public on Saturday April 15, 2017 at 10:00am.

Coast Guard cutter tours at US Coast Guard, 1300 Stedman St, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA. The Coast Guard is offering tours aboard the newly commissioned cutter, John McCormick, from 10 am to 1 pm Saturday at Station Ketchikan.

Visitors should park and the lower base and walk down to the pier. The base will close to incoming visitors at 12:30 pm to make sure all have an opportunity to complete the tour. Be sure to bring a photo ID.

Video: USCG Cutter John McCormick

Video: Ketchikan Alaska Drone Footage

USCG Says Cruise Ship Captain Fell Asleep Before Crash

On Thursday, August 28, 2016 around 0230 hours,  Entertainment Cruises’ Spirit of Baltimore was involved in a collision in at Henderson Wharf Marina Fells Point Maryland. The cruise ship had taken more than 400 passengers on a Saturday Spirit After Dark Moonlight Cruise along the Patapsco River.

There were 412 passengers and 35 employees aboard at the time of the collision. Two passenger were reportedly injured enough to be taken to a local hospital.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has completed their investigation and determined the cause of the accident was due to the captain falling asleep at the helm. Court documents say he had worked three days in a row “on his own boat”, long hours and he was known to get sleepy when working overnight.  He was suspended after the incident then terminated. 

A lawsuit was filed on December 29, 2016 requesting a jury trial,  with 30 passengers party to the complaint. One couple, Maurice and Tonya Franklin are demanding one million dollars in damages in Maryland United States District Court case. Other claimants are asking for $5,000, $30,000, $50,000 or $75,000.

It is interesting to note, the lawsuit complaint says that at the time of the incident, crew only received injury reports from six passengers, with two of those requesting medical treatment.  The lawsuit further says, the cruise ship was travelling at 3 knots per hour (3.445 mph)at the time of the accident.

After the USCG published the cause of the accident and the original litigants published the required court notice in the Baltimore Sun newspaper and the complainants flooded in to add their names to the cases.

Ellen L. Hollander United States District Judge has ruled the total value of the complaint for all injuries can total no more than the value of the cruise ship, which is $1,850,000, according to Exhibit A, attached to the complaint.

While there are numerous lawyers involved in the case, Sumayyah Abdul-Hamid, Latisha Charise Morris and Nakenya Laruth Thomas are all represented by the same attorney; Devon Hogue and George Vaughn share one attorney; Antonio Bolar, Latanya Y. Dawson, Gregory A. Jones and Patrice Rooks all share one attorney are all three are listed as both defendants and claimants.

Video: Spirit of Baltimore collision

United States Coast Guard Hoax Plague

The United States Coast Guard says, temporary Denial of Service 911 hoax calls plague our nation’s first responder agencies. Hospitals, police and fire departments, and other public service entities are continually vulnerable to bomb threats, active shooter situations, and general false emergency claims.

Similarly, there is a growing hoax call problem on the Channel 16 maritime distress frequency, which mariners rely on for radio communications in our nation’s ports and waterways. Search and rescue (SAR) hoax calls disrupt and divert the Coast Guard’s operational response to legitimate mariners in emergency situations.

The USCG, says that regrettably, these perpetrators often go unpunished due to a lack of offshore geo-location capability on the part of Coast Guard and local law enforcement investigators.  Read more at  USCG

Video: USCG Hoax problem

Portland Spirit Collision During Red Bull Event

Portland boater congestion during  Red Bull event lead to cruise ship collision, USCG terminates event permit.

Portland Spirit Cruises & Events Ship Portland Spirit Collided with Boaters of the Redbull Flugtag Event on the Willamette River at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland Oregon.

Saturday, August 1, 2015, cruise ship Portland Spirit was involved in a collision with boaters at the Red Bull Flugtag event at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland Oregon. Live Portland Oregon Cruise Ship Tracker

Around 1500 hours the United States Coast Guard (USCG) was contacted by the captain of Portland Spirit regarding an incident. The USCG said that they received notification from the Portland Spirit indicating the vessel was unable to pass through the congested river because of small boat traffic from the Redbull Flugtag event. See video for event highlights.

A collision resulted when Portland Spirit coasted into boaters with a “transfer of paint” resulting. Reports say boaters were able to push the Portland Spirit away from their boat using their hands and feet. You can can see in the photographs above, the river was very congested and a woman bend over the hull pushing Portland Spirit with her hands.

Read more on Cruise Ship Sinking website

Norwegian Sun Crew Member Body Found

#Cruise Ship Missing: Body washed up on Horse Island, Alaska through to be missing cruise ship crew member.

July 3, 2015, Jonas Fillipe de Miranda Santiago, 27, a crew member from Brazil who was working aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sun was reported overboard.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) was notified Jonas Fillipe de Miranda Santiago jumped overbord without a life jacket around 0416 hours on Thursday morning while the Norwegian Sun was south of Douglas Island, near Juneau Alaska.

HAL Westerdam Excursion Plane Crashes

Cruise Bruise:  Alaska float plane excursion crashes with 8 cruise ship passengers aboard. USCG search underway.

8 Cruise Ship Passengers Aboard When Plane Crashed June 25, 2015

Eight cruise ship passengers who were sailing aboard Holland America a Line Westerdam were on a sea plane sightseeing cruise ship excursion near Ketchikan when the DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter, a small float plane, crashed with the eight cruise ship passengers and the pilot aboard on Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Read more on Cruise Bruise

Rescue Me Balloon – Cruise Ship Missing

Kickstarter Rescue Me Balloon raised $36,000. Could save many #cruise ship missing.

Kickstarter project, Rescue Me Balloon raised $36,000. Could save many #cruise ship missing. Rescue Me Balloon Signal Device, an SOS device which could save many cruise passenger/crew lives, potentially.

Rescue Me Balloon is a compact, easy-to-carry emergency canister that places an SOS balloon 150 feet with a bright LED.

Rescue Me Balloon: “Hello everybody! Thank you for all reaching out and your interest in Rescue Me Balloon! Please be patient with us, we have continually been deep in research and development recently by teaming up with a well known aeronautical company and will be able to announce some exciting developments soon”

Rescue Me Balloon: “We are working on some redesigns we’re excited to share with you soon!”

Funding Unsuccessful – Project ended on

Norwegian Dawn Free After Grounding

Rising tide helped Norwegian Dawn free from grounding in Bermuda. Now awaiting inspection before return to Boston.

Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Dawn Grounding In Bermuda With 2,675 Passengers and 1,062 Crew Members Aboard.

On May 19, 2015, Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ship Norwegian Dawn grounded while the cruise ship was in Bermuda when the cruise ship lost power and drifted into shallow water.

Norwegian Dawn had with 2,675 passengers and 1,062 crew members aboard when she left the Port Of Boston for the cruise to Bermuda, where the cruise ship grounded with 3,737 people aboard.

Read more on Cruise Ship Sinking

USCG New Cruise Ship Preboarding Regs

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is looking at new pre-boarding,  screening requirements for #cruise ship passenger and crew including pre-screening of all baggage before boarding.

This proposed rule would standardize screening activities for all persons, baggage, and personal effects at cruise ship terminals while also allowing an appropriate degree of flexibility that accommodates and is consistent with different terminal sizes and operations.

This flexible standardization ensures a consistent layer of security at terminals throughout the United States. This proposed rule builds upon existing facility security requirements in 33 CFR part 105, which implements the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA),Pub. L. 107–295, 116 Stat. 2064 (November 25, 2002), codified at 46U.S.C. Chapter 701.

The Coast Guard  consulted with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) during the development of this proposed rule. The Coast Guard also proposes to remove 33 CFR parts 120 and 128 because provisions in those parts requiring security officers and security plans or programs for cruise ships and cruise ship terminals would be redundant with the provisions in 33 CFR subchapter H. Section 120.220, concerning the reporting of unlawful acts, would also be removed because it is obsolete and existing law enforcement protocols require members of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to report incidents involving serious violations of U.S. law to the nearest Federal Bureau of Investigation field office as soon as possible.

This proposed rule does not address the screening of vessel stores, bunkers, or cargo. Similarly, it does not affect what items may be brought onto a cruise ship by the cruise ship operator, including items that passengers may check for secure storage with the cruise operator outside of their baggage or carry-ons. Requirements for security measures for the delivery of vessel stores, bunkers, and cargo exist and may be found in 33 CFR 104.275, 104.280, 105.265, and 105.270.

Cruise Ship Gets USCG Blood Airdrop

Cruise Bruise: Carnival Cruise Lines’ cruise ship Carnival Miracle departed from Vancouver, BC. Then, 400 miles NE of Oahu, Hawaii  #cruise ship passenger receives 10 units of blood via airdrop.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) press release said, ”

The ship’s onboard doctor was treating the 76-year-old man for internal bleeding. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and recommended a 12-hour communications schedule with the cruise ship. If the man’s condition worsened, the air station would conduct an airdrop of blood.

Due to the worsening state of the man’s condition, an HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point was launched at 4:07 a.m., today.”

Read more here