Nautical News: For the week of May 27, 2018

CONTRACTS AWARDED TO 2 WIND FARMS OFF VINEYARD

 

Officials in Massachusetts and Rhode Island announced they awarded contracts for two massive offshore wind farms to be built off Martha’s Vineyard. The Baker administration said Vineyard Wind, a joint venture of Connecticut-based utility Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, was selected to build an 800 mega-watt wind farm with as many as 100 turbines about 15 miles south of the Vineyard, and Rhode Island officials said they selected Providence based Deepwater Wind to build a 400 mega-watt wind farm northwest of the Massachusetts project. Until now, the wind farm industry has struggled to build any offshore project of size in the United States. Charter boat Captain Mike Pierdinock, the Massachusetts chairman of the Recreational Fishing Alliance and friend of Nautical Talk Radio said, “We can only hope that the cumulative impacts of hundreds of wind turbines with associated subsurface cables and subsequent noise will not have a detrimental impact on our resource as well as access to the fishery. I am counting on that appropriate scientific studies will be conducted prior to any siting to make sure our fisheries resource is protected.”

 

DYE PUT IN PLYMOUTH SEWER TREATMENT PLANT DISCHARGE

 

Between June 11th and the 15th, scientists from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, together with staff from the state Division of Marine Fisheries, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the shellfish departments in Plymouth, Kingston and Duxbury, will be using a dye at the Plymouth sewage treatment plant to determine if discharge from the plant is reaching and polluting the local shellfish beds in those three towns. It is possible that some parts of rivers will turn red from the dye which is said to harmless to humans. The state and federal agencies will release a report on their findings as soon as they know the results.

 

ACTIVE SHOOTER DRILL IN BOSTON HARBOR

 

The Coast Guard and its port partners conducted a maritime law enforcement drill aboard the Spirit of Boston dinner ship. The drill involved an active shooter situation aboard the dinner ship. A Part of the drill was to see how long it would take first responders to reach the scene by boat after the call for help was received. The Spirit of Boston was in the vicinity of Peddocks and Spectacle Islands when the ship’s captain made the call for the drill to begin. Teams involved in the exercise included Coast Guard Station Boston, Coast Guard Station Point Allerton, the Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, Customs and Border Protection, Mass Port Authority, and several local Harbormasters.

 

COAST GUARD STATION SCITUATE OPENS FOR THE SUMMER

 

The seasonal Coast Guard Station in Scituate is now open and will remain in operation through Labor Day. The stations’ crews will conduct search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, and recreational boating safety missions and is equipped with a 29-foot response boat able to respond 24 hours a day. Station Scituate is under the command of the commanding officer at Coast Guard Station Point Allerton in Hull.

 

NOAA WARNS SEAL PUPS RESTING ON BEACHES

 

NOAA is warning all beach goers that it’s harbor seal pupping season in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. This Memorial Day weekend, you might find yourself in the company of seals on area beaches. During pupping season, it’s quite common to see a seal pup resting on the beach alone. As tempting as it might be to get a selfie picture with an adorable seal pup, please do the right thing and leave the seal pup alone. There is no selfie stick long enough to keep you at least the minimum legal distance of 150 feet away from the animal. We have received reports of a number of injuries to humans as a result of getting too close to an animal during a quick photo op. Besides, you get too close to a wild animal, you increase stress on the animal and it may think you’re a threat. It is normal behavior for a mother seal to leave her young pup alone on the beach while she seeks food. Seals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. If you see someone harassing a marine mammal, please contact NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement at 800-853-1964.

 

17 BILLION DOLLAR TREASURE SHIP FOUND OFF COLUMBIA

 

Officials with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Falmouth just released new details about the recent discovery of the “holy grail of shipwrecks” said to be worth $17 billion or more. The Spanish treasure ship San José sank off the coast of Colombia in 1708 during a battle with a British fleet during the War of Spanish Succession. The San José contained gold, jewels and other treasure. The wreck went undiscovered until November 27, 2015, when the Colombian Navy discovered it with the help of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s robot submarine, the REMUS 6000. An official from Woods Hole said once gain the Institute played a major role in solving an underwater mystery. The REMUS in 2011 also discovered the wreckage of an Air France plane that crashed off the coast of Brazil in 2009.

 

47TH ANNUAL FIGAWI RACE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

The 47th annual Figawi Race got underway with more than 200 sailboats and over 3000 participants from all over the United States participating. The Figawi Charity Race is recognized as a premier sailing event not only on the east coast, but is known nationally as well as internationally. The race goes from Hyannis to Nantucket and is all about serious fun, camaraderie, sailing, and most of all, charity. Money is raised for dozens of charities including training service dogs for veterans, the Boy Scouts, Big Brother/Big Sister, and Special Olympics.

 

MESSAGE IN BOTTLE FOUND 18 YEARS LATER

 

A message in a bottle that a 62 year old woman tossed off the coast of Massachusetts in 2000 has been found by an eleven year old boy in Nova Scotia. Now 80 years old, the woman said she dropped the bottle into Ipswich Bay in August of 2000 with a short message asking the person who finds it to contact her. She had completely forgotten about it until last week when she received a call from a newspaper in Buffalo, New York saying an 11 year old boy in Canada had found the message in the bottle while looking for sea glass on the beach. The woman said she would like nothing better than to somehow meet the boy and his mother.


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