Oil tanker crew plead guilty to pollution charges in New Jersey

The Greek-flagged oil tanker Kriti Ruby in 2022

Two ship engineers on a foreign-registered commercial oil tanker have pleaded guilty to charges related to the concealment of pollution by falsifying records, with the chief engineer also pleading guilty to charges related to the discharge of oily waste into the sea from a commercial vessel near a...


GAO reports on problems plaguing top Coast Guard shipbuilding programs

The deliveries of the Coast Guard’s Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and Polar Security Cutter (PSC) lead ships are delayed by almost four and five years, respectively. Additionally, the OPC and PSC cost estimates have increased by nearly $11 billion and more than $2 billion past their original estimates, respectively. What went wrong? in a report on Coast Guard shipbuilding presented in testimony before a House subcommittee on May 7, the Government Accountability Office says that the Coast Guard’s...


Administration moves to counter cybersecurity threat from made-in-China port cranes

The White House has announced a series of measures being taken by the Biden administration to enhance cybersecurity in U.S. ports and, in particular, address the threat posed by Chinese-manufactured port cranes. They include providing funding to rebuild America’s industrial capacity to produce port cranes with trusted partners.

The measures to counter the cybersecurity threat from the Chinese port cranes include a new Executive Order on “Amending Regulations Relating to the Safeguarding of...


USCG moves ahead on plans for Atlantic Coast shipping fairways

The U.S. Coast Guard has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing a system of shipping safety fairways along the U.S. Atlantic Coast. The NPRM comes as plans for Atlantic Coast offshore wind farms become increasingly ambitious — and as more large Post-Panamax ships call U.S. East Coast ports.

The proposed fairways were identified in a now-completed Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study.

“Fairways would preserve the safe and reliable transit of vessels along well-established...


USCG lab identifies responsible party in NY/NJ tar ball pollution

A spill that happened on the evening of Nov. 22 during an oil transfer at an oil facility in Bayonne, N.J. has been identified as the source of an incident that subsequently saw tar balls discovered on the New Jersey coast from Sea Bright to Asbury Park, additional pollution discovered on the shoreline north of Coney Island Creek in the Gravesend Bay area of Brooklyn, as well as tar balls at Fort Wadsworth beach on Staten Island.

The Coast Guard and Vane Brothers Company responded and monitored...


SECNAV leads inaugural meeting of Government Shipbuilders Council

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro kicked off the inaugural meeting of the Government Shipbuilders Council (GSC) at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Nov. 16. Despite its name, the new Government Shipbuilders Council does not actually have any shipbuilding company representation. Its initial members will include:

  • Navy: Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (DASN) for Ships, and Military Sealift Command (MSC), Director of Ship Management
  • Coast Guard: Assistant Commandant for Acquisition (CG...


Coast Guard removes protesters from RRF ship Cape Orlando

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received a report of a demonstration happening within the Oakland Harbor near a vessel, the MARAD Ready Reserve Force (RRF) RO/RO ship Cape Orlando, around 8:30 a.m., Friday.

According to the San Franciso Chronicle, the protest was against Israeli military actions in Gaza and the protestors believed the Cape Orlando was headed for Israel after a stop in Tacoma, Wash.

The last of three demonstrators who blocked a ladder of the US Cape Orlando ship...


Chief engineer gets prison term for oil record book, conspiracy and obstruction offenses

In a case that tells on all too familiar tale of oily bilge dumping, oil record book falsification, and a failed attempted at cover up, Denys Korotkiy, chief engineer of the vessel Donald was sentenced on Sept. 15 to serve twelve months and a day in prison for conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruction of justice and failure to maintain an accurate oil record book.

Korotkiy was convicted on those charges June 9, following a five-day jury trial.

The DOJ says evidence showed that oily bilge water...


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