• 2019 August 17 10:58

    Pre-commissioned USCG's Cutter Midgett makes second cocaine seizure within five days

    Crews aboard the pre-commissioned Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) interdicted a suspected low-profile go-fast vessel July 31, seizing more than 4,600 pounds of cocaine during a boarding in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, USCG said in its news release.

    This was the second at-sea cocaine seizure made by Midgett’s crew within five days.

    Midgett’s crew seized more than 2,100 pounds of cocaine July 25 from a low-profile go-fast boat, the cutter’s first cocaine seizure ever since departing the Pascagoula, Mississippi, shipyard in June following acceptance by the U.S. Coast Guard.

    The two boardings resulted in a combined seizure of over 6,700 pounds of cocaine, estimated to be worth over $89 million.

    Low-profile go-fast vessels are purpose built by cartels for smuggling large quantities of contraband by riding low in the water to avoid detection. By design, they can be quickly sunk through the use of integrated scuttling valves, a dangerous practice that jeopardizes the safety of the suspected smugglers and the Coast Guard boarding teams.

    Nearly 80% of all known illegal narcotics coming into North America are smuggled by international cartels through the Eastern Pacific corridor, an area greater in size than the entire United States. The profits from cocaine allow drug cartels to diversify and fund other illicit trafficking activities including the smuggling of opioids, synthetics, methamphetamines, persons and weapons.

    One metric ton of cocaine (2,204.6 pounds or 1,000,000 milligrams) is equal to 20 million individual doses upon arrival in the United States. The Coast Guard removed over 2 million pounds (923 metric tons) of cocaine with an uncut wholesale value of over $27 billion over the last five years.

    “The national security cutter gets you further, faster and delivers more capability once on scene than any other cutter in the history of our service,” said Capt. Alan McCabe, Midgett’s commanding officer. “I am incredibly proud of the crew’s efforts who made these two seizures possible, and we are eager to conduct future operations throughout the Pacific.”

    Midgett, the Coast Guard’s eighth national security cutter, is sailing toward its future homeport in Honolulu, where it will be commissioned Aug. 24 along with its sister ship, the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756), in a ceremony presided by Adm. Karl Schultz, the Coast Guard’s commandant.

    Featuring advanced command-and-control capabilities, national security cutters are the flagship of the Coast Guard’s fleet, deploying globally to confront national security threats, strengthen maritime governance, and promote economic prosperity.

    While national security cutters possess advanced operational capabilities, over 70% of the Coast Guard’s offshore presence is the service’s aging fleet of medium endurance cutters, many of which are over 50 years old and approaching the end of their service life. Replacing the fleet with new offshore patrol cutters is one of the Coast Guard’s top priorities.




2019 September 18

15:24 USCG ends search for migrants of capsized vessel off Martinica Beach
15:03 GTT receives an order from HHI & SHI for the tank design of six Very Large Ethane Carriers
14:50 FSUE Atomflot develops project on construction of 7MW icebreaking tugboat
14:33 Hapag-Lloyd to increase rates from North East Asia to Australia
14:16 Wärtsilä simulators provide advanced training at newly inaugurated Portuguese facility
14:14 Ørsted contracts Van Oord for cable installation at Greater Changhua offshore wind farms
14:12 GTT obtains Approval in Principle for Arc7 ice class ships from Russian Maritime Register of Shipping
14:03 ABS and Samsung Heavy Industries sign digital technology
14:00 SAAM Towage contracts Damen for delivery of tug vessel
13:31 Discussion “Development of recreational crafts and high-speed passenger vessels” begins at Neva 2019
13:10 Wärtsilä launches the Wärtsilä 31SG pure gas engine for marine market applications
13:04 International Association of Ports and Harbors visited by ICHCA representatives
12:38 RS issues Approval in Principle for new GTT’s LNG containment systems
12:03 LR awards Jiangnan AiP for 91,000 m3 VLGC Panda 91T design.
11:49 ADNOC acquires 10% of VTTI
11:30 LNG-fueled tugboat Ishin undergoes 1st LNG bunkering trial in Port of Kobe
11:02 ABS and Samsung Heavy Industries to develop next generation LNG carrier
10:37 Training underway for Jeddah Maritime Information Sharing Centre
10:21 Panama Canal signs agreement with Port of Rotterdam
10:12 TGS announces strategic milestones to accelerate growth
09:44 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.09% to $64.49, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.44% to $59.08
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,283 points
08:56 MABUX: Bunker Market this morning, Sept 18

2019 September 17

19:06 Rosmorrechflot’s shipbuilding order for coming six years foresees construction of 147 vessels
18:29 Lead chemical carrier of Project 00216М named PortNews after our agency
18:05 MPC Capital and ZEABORN strengthen HARPER PETERSEN by combining their shipbroking activities
17:24 MOL issues integrated 'MOL Report 2019'
16:35 Eagle Bulk Shipping takes delivery of M/V Sydney Eagle
16:02 CMA CGM and TFG launch Rhine valley rail to German hinterland
15:30 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from North Europe to New Zealand
15:02 Sembcorp Marine’s Brazilian shipyard completes Petrobras P-68 FPSO
14:56 CMA CGM strengthens its intra-European and Mediterranean offer with the launch of the Black Sea Marmara Morocco service
14:10 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase for Trans-Pacific eastbound
13:10 Zadar Cruise Port is Port of the Year 2019
12:10 Port of Oakland refrigerated exports jump 20 percent in past year
11:51 Combined Task Force Commanders discussed their shared aims and goals in tackling the threat of piracy
11:34 Lars Thrane makes its Iridium Certus® debut with the LT-4200 maritime satcom system
11:22 Belfast Harbour reveals ambitious growth plans
11:00 Marine cargo market characterised by “accelerating change” as underwriters take action to address continuing unprofitability, says IUMI
10:34 Safety at Sea and BIMCO publish cyber security white paper
10:27 ABS and Keppel partner in developing the first two new build Drilling Rigs with Smart Notations
09:43 Greenland research vessel picks MAN hybrid propulsion package
09:32 Brent Crude futures price is down 0.87% to $68.42, Light Sweet Crude – down 1.24% to $61.89
09:16 Baltic Dry Index is down to 2,311 points
08:56 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Sept 17

2019 September 16

18:04 Ports draw $5B investment, 12K jobs to Georgia
17:59 GOGL increases investment in Singapore Marine
17:50 Pella launched first serial trawler of Project 03095, Castor
17:25 Tenders on pilot projects for stevedoring company concessions in Olvia and Kherson ports officially announced
17:04 Vestdavit equips Norwegian Coast Guard’s next generation for Polar boat launch and recovery
16:29 USCG halts 2 illegal charters near Miami, Fort Lauderdale
16:04 Royal Caribbean to welcome first Quantum Ultra Class ship to North America
15:27 Boluda Towage Spain manoeuvres world’s largest container ship in port of Algeciras
15:04 Cargill and Maersk Tankers join forces in the Medium Range segment
14:10 Zvezda shipyard hosts keel-laying ceremony for third Aframax tanker for Rosnefteflot
13:39 Jotun transforms turnaround times for storage tanks with a new TankFast solution
13:16 North Sea Port starts testing more reliable lockage planning for scheduled services in the Terneuzen lock
12:42 Meyer Turku is moving the delivery of Costa Smeralda to November
12:18 AEC welcomes Guggenheim Partners Investment Management as Arctic Partner
11:55 Professional emergency response team of Kontur SPb LLC recommended to be certified for emergency response to oil spills