Coast Guard Rescues, Repatriates 125 Haitian Migrants

*+-MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Reliance repatriated 125 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Thursday. A Coast Guard Air Station Miami aircrew located a sail freighter north of Cape Du Mole, Haiti, Tuesday. The aircrew vectored in the crew of the Reliance, who distributed lifejackets to the 125 Haitian migrants on the grossly overloaded vessel […]

Crowley matches employee donations, raises $80,000 for American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund

*+-(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; May 6, 2010) Crowley Maritime Corporation and its employees this week donated $80,000 to the American Red Cross in support of Haiti relief efforts. Bill Pennella, Crowley vice chairman and executive vice president; Francheska Acevedo, Crowley human resources representative and John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager of Crowley’s Latin America service, […]

Hospital ship USNS Comfort sailing home from Haiti

*+-By Steve Sternberg, USA TODAY The U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort pulled up anchor Tuesday in Port-au-Prince and began the long trip home to Baltimore, ending its role in Operation Unified Response-Haiti. The ship’s departure brings to a close a dramatic naval mission launched three days after the Haitian earthquake Jan. 12, when the ship’s […]

Crowley lands Haiti shipping contract

*+-Jacksonville Business Journal – by Mark Szakonyi Staff reporter Crowley Liner Services Inc. has received a contract worth up to $22 million from the U.S. military to provide emergency port services in Haiti. The Jacksonville-based shipping company will repair Port-au-Prince’s piers and beaches, provide warehousing, cargo consolidation, and transport cargo, according to the U.S. Transportation […]

As Food Distribution Improves, Haitians Want U.S. to “Take Over”

*+-Haitians line up for food in downtown Port-au-Prince. They had to disperse after people in the front of the line broke through and grabbed all the food being distributed. Photo: Carol Guzy – The Washington Post.  Click to see full size By Peter Slevin; Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, February 1, 2010 PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI — […]

Prepositioned For Disaster – Lessons From Military Sealift Command

*+-From hurricanes to tsunami’s earthquakes, today’s levels of population growth coupled with global climate change is putting an increasing number of people at risk. What is not changing rapidly is the development and implementation of ideas to mitigate crisis. What seems most promising is the idea that, rather than create new plans for new problems, […]

Repairing Port-au-Prince Harbor with Laptops and GPS

*+-from Wired: On the ground in Haiti, search-and-rescue teams and aid workers have used collaborative tools, text messaging and GPS technology to map out and coordinate relief efforts. Out in Port-au-Prince harbor, U.S. Coast Guard teams are using similar tools to restore Haiti’s shattered main seaport. The Coast Guard cutter USCGC Oak is currently at […]

More Photos from Haiti

*+-from Leogane, Haiti – A landing craft unit from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) embarked aboard Amphibious Dock Landing Ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) See The Cargo Letter: Jan. 21 2010 — Marine Engineers Bring Strength from the Sea » Also: Jan. 15 2010 — Rescue — U.S. Coast Guard First On […]

Second High-Speed Super-Ferry Activated to Assist in Earthquake Aftermath

*+-Alakai will join its sister ship — the Huakai — in Haiti January 25, 2010 / New Albany Tribune A New Albany company continued its relief service in Haiti last week when Hornblower Marine Services activated its second high-speed boat to help with rescue efforts. Hornblower sent one vessel, as instructed by the Maritime Administration, […]

Haiti: Crowley Cargo Lightering Operation Successful

*+-Clears way for container shipments directly to the damaged port next week. Barges and cranes being mobilized for temporary docking and cargo ops in the port.   JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; Jan. 22, 2010 – Crowley Maritime Corporation, working under contract with the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), successfully discharged 12 20-foot containers of relief supplies across a […]

USNS Comfort Operating at Full Capacity for First Time in History

*+-Army and Navy forces began flying Haitian earthquake victims to the USNS Comfort hospital ship Thursday in what military officials described as the largest medical evacuation in the storied ship’s history. Port-au-Prince "The Comfort is going to full capacity," said Capt. Richard Sharpe, a Navy trauma surgeon helping orchestrate the move. "We’ve never done it […]