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January 15th, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Bryant’s Maritime Blog – 15 January 2013


Greenland – 70-year-old USCG aircraft wreck located;

BOEM – seminars on offshore wind development;

St. Lawrence Seaway – cargo up 4% for the year;

CMTS – e-Nav strategic outreach; and

UK – tug stable, tow sunk.

January 15, 2013

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Greenland – 70-year-old USCG aircraft wreck located

clip_image004 The US Coast Guard issued a news release stating that the wreckage of a Coast Guard aircraft that crashed in Greenland in 1942 has been discovered 38 feet below the surface of the icecap near Koge Bay. The Grumman J2F-4 “Duck”, flying from the USCG icebreaker Northland, was attempting to rescue the crew of a US Army Air Force B-17 that crashed on the ice cap on November 9, 1942. On November 28, Lieutenant John Pritchard and Radioman Benjamin Bottoms made an unprecedented landing on the ice cap, returning to the Northland with two of the B-17 crewmembers. The following day, they returned, picking up Corporal Loren Howard, the B-17’s radioman. On the flight back to the cutter, they encountered whiteout conditions and crashed. The wrecked Duck was spotted a week later by a US Army Air Force plane, which reported no signs of life. The remaining B-17 crewmen were sustained with airdrops until they could be rescued approximately six months later. The search for the wreck site was conducted by an expedition team of USCG service members and North South Polar, Inc. The Coast Guard is coordinating efforts with the Joint POW/MIA Personnel Accounting Command on future actions for the site. (1/14/13).

BOEM – seminars on offshore wind development

clip_image006 The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) issued a press release stating that it will hold public seminars in Narragansett, Rhode Island (15 January) and Richmond, Virginia (17 January) to explain how offshore wind developers can participate in upcoming auctions for renewable energy development in federal waters offshore Rhode Island/Massachusetts and Virginia. (1/14/13).

St. Lawrence Seaway – cargo up 4% for the year

clip_image008 The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System issued a press release stating that tonnage through the Seaway for 2012 was 38.9 million tonnes, a 4% increase over the previous year. The Seaway closed for the season on 29 December. (1/14/13).

CMTS – e-Nav strategic outreach

clip_image010 The Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) Integrated Action Team for e-Navigation is conducting an online dialog through 28 February 2013 on the future of e-Navigation in the United States. This dialog is being undertaken as a part of the Integrated Action Team for e-Navigation’s strategic outreach to partners and stakeholders as outlined in the CMTS e-Navigation Strategic Action Plan. To participate in this important conversation on the direction of e-Navigation in the United States, go to  Information about the initiative is also available at (1/14/13).

UK – tug stable, tow sunk

clip_image012 The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) issued a press notice stating that Royal Navy salvors have stabilized the tug Christos XXII, which was damaged off Torbay when it collided with the vessel it was towing. The towed vessel, the ex-German Navy training ship Emsstrom, was listing heavily and has now sunk. (1/14/13).

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