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Monday, November 20, 2017

Hudson River News

Clearwater Collects Data for Stevens' Maritime Lab

Later during the week of June 22, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology will equip the sloop Clearwater with instrumentation that will provide real-time transmission of position, time, surface water temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen concentrations in the northern area of the Hudson River. The installation is the latest component in the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS), which is operated by a consortium of partners in government and the research community. HRECOS provides data in real-time to allow for the immediate assessment of ocean, weather, and environmental conditions throughout the waters of the Hudson River. Earlier this year, Dr. Alan F.

Dredging in Hudson River Nears Completion

 Pic: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

After six years of digging, General Electric Co. expects to finish this year removing some 2.7 million cubic yards of contaminated river sediment in upper Hudson River in Waterford under its landmark Superfund agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency. AP reports that long after the last barge dredging toxins from the bottom of the upper Hudson River moves on, scientists will track the slow fade in contamination levels. General Electric expects to remove enough sediment to fill two Empire State Buildings…

Coast Guard: Tanker Runs Aground on Hudson River

NEW YORK - The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a motor tanker running aground on the Hudson River near Stuyvesant, N.Y. Coast Guard Sector New York was notified just after 9 a.m. that the 600-ft.motor tanker, Stena Primorsk, ran aground after it reportedly lost steering while transiting from Albany, N.Y. via the Hudson River, carrying light crude oil. The tanker is currently at anchor nearby Stuyvesant Anchorage. The tanker crew reported that no pollution or injuries resulted from the incident. Coast Guard Auxiliary and New York State Police air crews have performed over flights of the Hudson River and reported no pollution in vicinity of tanker.

Photo: Coast Guard Cutter Breaks Ice on the Hudson

Photo courtesy USCG

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Wire conducts icebreaking operations on the Hudson River, near Rhinebeck, N.Y., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. The Wire's crew, along with other Coast Guard cutter crews, are in the upper Hudson River to help clear safe paths for ships carrying vital resources to upstate New York residents.  

Joint Effort on to Repair Hudson River Cable

Hudson Transmission Partners, LLC (HTP), owner and operator of an electric power cable buried beneath the Hudson River between Edgewater, New Jersey and New York City, is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYDEC), and other agencies to contain the release of small amounts of non-toxic cable fluid into the Hudson River. The fluid release was detected on Saturday and is the apparent result of damage to a portion of the cable in the Hudson River near the New Jersey shoreline in Edgewater. Spill responders were dispatched to the area on Saturday and have contained the cable fluid with booms and absorbent materials.

New Manhattan Sailing School

Offshore Sailing School has signed an agreement with Liberty Landing NYC at Hudson River Park's Pier 25 in Manhattan's Tribeca area. The New York sailing school will provide sailing lessons and sailing courses for area residents and visitors starting May 15, 2012 at this new location. A long time tenant of Liberty Landing Marina in Liberty State Park on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, Offshore Sailing School brings sailing lessons for adults, teens and youngsters to lower Manhattan with plans to expand with a sailing club and community sailing offers. Courses offered in the initial stages are the three-day and five-day Learn to Sail courses. Performance Sailing courses will also be available, as well as two-hour sailing lessons.

Security Zone for Fleet Week in NY

The potential exists for unanticipated delays affecting ship movements and/or the control of vessels with little or no warning within the Port of New York and New Jersey from Tuesday, May 20, through Wednesday, May 28, 2008. "The Coast Guard encourages every boater to enjoy the Parade of Ships during Fleet Week, but we want them to be safe and respect the established safety zones," said Lt. j.g. Nasif Gordon, a Coast Guard Sector New York waterways management officer. Vessels shall not cross the parade route while naval vessels are in parade formation. All vessel traffic in the Hudson River shall transit to the west of the parade column…

Phase 2 of Hudson River Cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the dredging of sediment contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) has resumed in the Upper Hudson River, marking the start of the second and final phase of the Hudson River cleanup. The historic dredging project targets approximately 2.4 million cubic yards of PCB-contaminated sediment from a forty- mile section of the Upper Hudson River between Fort Edward and Troy, NY. PCBs are potentially cancer-causing in people and build up in the fat of fish and mammals, increasing in concentration as they move up the food chain. The primary risk to humans is the accumulation of PCBs in the body from eating contaminated fish.

Hudson River Damaged Tankship Anchored Safely

The Coast Guard continues to oversee the response to damaged motor tanker 'Stena Primorsk' on the Hudson River near Stuyvesant, N.Y. Coast Guard Sector New York was notified Thursday that the 600-foot motor tanker, Stena Primorsk, began listing after suffering a hull breach while transiting from Albany, N.Y. via the Hudson River, carrying light crude oil. The tanker is currently at anchor nearby in Stuyvesant Anchorage. The owners of the Stena Primorsk have contracted commercial environmental response experts to monitor for any pollution and assist in the salvage of the vessel. There continues to be no reports of pollution from the Stena Primorsk. Divers are scheduled to conduct a thorough examination of the ballast tanks.

N.Y. Coast GG Cutter Breaks Hudson River Ice

Photo courtesy USCG

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay work to maintain a navigable track through re-frozen brash ice on the Hudson River Wed. Jan. 5, 2010. The Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay is a 140-ft Bay Class cutter used primarily for ice breaking operations. The cutter is one of five Coast Guard assets assigned to break ice on the Hudson River throughout the season. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Douglas Wyatt.)

'Hawser', Line' & 'Wire' Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Tugboats Wire & Hawser: Photo credit USCG

The three New York, New Jersey based Coast Guard tugboats of these names celebrate their 50th Anniversary. To celebrate their years of service, the 65-foot harbor tugs steamed together north on the Hudson River, beginning at the Poughkeepsie Walkway over the Hudson to Kingston, N.Y. “It is a great honor for the crew and I to be a part of and continue Coast Guard Cutter Hawser’s great heritage in, which she and her past crews have provided 50 years of service to the Port of New York…

Coast Guard Icebreaking Commences on the Hudson

The Coast Guard has commenced icebreaking operations on the Hudson River as temperatures continue to fall and waters freeze. A fleet of Coast Guard icebreaking ships – or cutters – will help maintain waterways used by commercial vessel traffic in the Port of New York / New Jersey and up the Hudson River to Albany, from now until the end of March 2011. The mission is vital for upstate New York’s residents and the area’s economy. “An average of 300 vessels transit the Hudson River during the winter months, carrying over 5 million barrels of petroleum products to the communities of this northern region,” said Chief Warrant Officer Kary Moss, Coast Guard Sector New York’s Aid to Navigation and Ice Officer.

Tanker Response Continues on Hudson River

The Coast Guard is continuing to oversee the response to a motor tanker that suffered a hull breach to their ballast tank on the Hudson River near Stuyvesant, N.Y. Thursday. Coast Guard Sector New York was notified Thursday that the 600-foot motor tanker, Stena Primorsk, began listing after suffering a hull breach while transiting from Albany, N.Y. via the Hudson River, carrying light crude oil. The tanker is currently at anchor nearby in Stuyvesant Anchorage. The tanker crew reported that no pollution or injuries resulted from the incident. Coast Guard Auxiliary and New York State Police air crews performed over flights of the Hudson River and reported no pollution in vicinity of tanker.

Sixth Season of Hudson River Dredging Begins

After an area has been dredged of contaminated sediment to the EPA's standards, clean backfill is transported on a barge by a tug boat. The backfill replaces dredged sediment and maintains the natural contours of the riverbed. (Photo: EPA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck announced the start of the sixth, and final, season of dredging of PCB-contaminated sediments from the bottom of the Hudson River. The historic dredging project – one of the largest and most complex cleanups in Superfund history – began in 2009. The EPA is overseeing the dredging project that is being conducted by General Electric Company (GE) under the terms of a 2006 legal agreement. According to GE, the company has invested more than $1 billion on the cleanup project to date.

Hudson River Dredging Project Commenses

The second phase of the Hudson River Dredging Project officially began this morning. River flows having receded, two dredges began operations in the Upper Hudson south of Rogers Island in Fort Edward. One dredge is removing sediment, the other debris. Dredging will take place on a limited basis at first and gradually increase to full operation over the next few weeks. Dredging will take place 24 hours a day, six days a week through October, river flows and weather conditions permitting. As many as four dredges and four backfill platforms, 17 tugboats and more than 25 barges will be operating in the Upper Hudson during dredging and related operations. The Upper Hudson and Champlain Canal remain open for recreational and commercial use during dredging.

Amber K Grounds Near Hudson

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Notice stating that the M/V AMBER K grounded in the vicinity of Hudson River Light 96 near Saugerties and will not be refloated until later in the week. Vessels should transit the area at slow speed and with caution. (HK Law)

Tug Bruce McAllister Has Engine Room Fire

Tug Bruce McAllister experienced an engine room fire one half mile south of the Kingston Bridge on the Hudson River. USCG Activities New York fought the fire and monitored the river for pollution. Once the fire was extinguished, the remaining fuel, oil, and water were removed and the tug refloated. A contractor was hired to conduct the cleanup and salvage.

Hudson River Crashed Plane Moved to Marina

According to a report from the Associated Press, the jetliner that crash-landed in the Hudson River has been moved to New Jersey by barge. Shortly after 8:00 p.m. Jan. 18 and with heavy snow falling, several tugboats began pulling the barge that is carrying the plane's wreckage. The barge had been moored to a lower Manhattan seawall after the plane was lifted out of the river on the night of Jan. 17. (Source: Associated Press)

Keeper of New York Harbor's Spring Ritual

Work Aboard 'Katherine Walker': Photo credit USCG

As the Hudson River begins to melt the Coast Guard buoy tender 'Katherine Walker' heads north towards Albany, N.Y. The Katherine Walker is a 175-foot buoy tender, homeported in Bayonne, N.J. Its major mission includes the servicing of aids to navigation throughout New York Harbor, Western Long Island Sound, the Hudson and East Rivers, as well as other waters along the Connecticut, New York and New Jersey coastlines. During a five-day patrol up the Hudson River, the ship serviced 18 seasonal aids to navigation, the last of 53 buoys that the crew restores every spring.

Tugboat Capsizes in Hudson River

According to a report on www.cliffviewpilot.com a tugboat capsized Thursday, October 13 in the Hudson River off New York City after hitting into a vessel off Pier 90 near the Intrepid, and according to the report citing witness reports, at least one occupants was pulled out of the water, while unconfirmed reports are that two others were pulled out. The NYPD and NYFD reportedly have rescue boats on the scene.

NTSB To Meet in Washington

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a public meeting in Washington, DC on June 11, 2002. Among items on the agenda is the Marine Accident Report regarding the fire onboard the small passenger vessel PORT IMPERIAL MANHATTAN on the Hudson River in New York on November 12, 2000. Source: HK Law

Traffic Management Plan for New York and New Jersey

The U.S. Coast Guard has made further revisions to its Traffic Management Plan for the Port of New York/New Jersey. The 300-yard safety zone around JFK International Airport has been terminated. Also lifted is the speed restriction for power driven vessels of 100 meters or more while navigating the Ambrose Channel and Hudson River. Other security measures remain in effect.

USS Slater is Homeward Bound

USS Slater, the last Destroyer Escort afloat in America, will soon return to her home berth in Albany, New York. Launched in 1944, Slater served gallantly in both the Battle of the Atlantic and the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II. In 1951, Slater was transferred to Greece under the Military Defense Assistance Program. Renamed Aetos (Eagle), she served as an Hellenic Navy training ship for forty years. In 1993, after deactivation, she was brought back to the United States by a group of former Destroyer Escort Sailors.

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