Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
According to a statement from Anchorage, Alaska, on 7 August US Coast Guard personnel have been working with partner agencies to monitor a lubricant leak from a container ship that was on passage to Anchorage the previous week.
On the evening of 4 August personnel at the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Command Center received a notification that the Maunalei, a 645-foot loa container ship, was leaking lubricant while transiting to the Port of Alaska.
The vessel, owned by Matson, Inc., was reportedly discharging a biodegradable, environmentally acceptable lubricant at a rate of approximately six gallons per hour. Given the low toxicity of the lubricant, the strong tidal currents and the slow release rate, threats to the wildlife and resources in the region were anticipated to be minimal.
Captain Leanne Lusk, the Captain of the Port of Anchorage commented: ‘The vessel contains perishable cargo and other supplies for distribution throughout Alaska.
‘After coordinating with federal, state and local stakeholders and balancing the risk to the supply chain with the risk to the environment, I have authorized the vessel to continue its transit into Anchorage.’
Following discharge of cargo it is understood that Matson employees have arranged for the vessel to transit to dry dock to commence repairs.
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The skyline of the city of Anchorage as seen from the dredger the US Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, contracts to maintain the Port of Alaska to keep the waterway safe for navigation.
Photo by Rachel Napolitan
US Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District.
The US Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, contracts the Westport, a 2,000-cubic-yard hopper dredge operated by Manson Construction, to keep Cook Inlet safe for navigation by clearing built-up sediments on the seafloor that prevent large ships from coming through.
So far this year, the team has removed 85,000 cubic yards of material from the waterway and expects to see more infill from this point forward.
For the past twelve years, the cumulative volume removed each year from the beginning of spring until end of fall has ranged from 600,000 to 1.2 million cubic yards of material.
The Alaska District anticipates being on the lower end of the range for this year’s efforts.
US Army photo by Rachel Napolitan.
US Army ©.
Professor Adam Weintrit, Chairman of the TransNav Conference, Rector of Gdynia Maritime University and Editor-in-Chief of TransNav Journal has informed us of the above event.
The Conference is jointly organized by the Faculty of Navigation of the Gdynia Maritime University and The Nautical Institute.
Sanmar Shipyards has joined forces with IGUS, the world’s largest energy chain systems manufacturer, to develop and build a new compact ‘electric bunkering’ system that can supply various vessel types with onshore power.
By joining forces and expertise, the two companies have designed and built a simple to operate compact quayside Shore Power Dispenser System, which can be operated by just one crew member.
The modular design allows an extension of the dispenser system to provide higher charging power capacities easily. Each cable dispenser module can handle 500A current capacity (up to 1000V AC).