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    Big Blow At Boat Show



    Last night the SF Bay Area experienced a very strong late season winter-esque storm that brought with it
    high winds that neared hurricane force during the night. The event staged in Marina Bay in Richmond has its
    on the water display working off a temporary dock system with many boats employing a Mediterranean style
    berthing, with the sterns to the docks and bows pointed outward.





    The forecasted big southerly winds arrived just near closing time and many of the show workers jumped in to overdrive
    adding lines and fender and removing unneeded awnings, signage pennants etc. When the wind began to really peak after
    8:30 PM, things started getting really chaotic and the harbor master evacuated all persons staying overnight on vessels
    attached to the temporary dock.



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    As the storm continued, on of the temporary dock sections broke loose and it with two boats attached worked
    their way to a group of high dollar cruise boats on display. As of the writing, 21 boats were pulled from the show
    and taken to repair yards or back to the own harbors for repair and clean up.
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    Wonder who picks up the tab for the damaged boats?

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    These boats shows seem to be having a rough time with weather of late.

    The pulled the plug on the McCovey Cove show after just one season.

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    Wonder if they will lower the admission fee?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photoboy View Post


    Last night the SF Bay Area experienced a very strong late season winter-esque storm that brought with it
    high winds that neared hurricane force during the night. The event staged in Marina Bay in Richmond has its
    on the water display working off a temporary dock system with many boats employing a Mediterranean style
    berthing, with the sterns to the docks and bows pointed outward.





    The forecasted big southerly winds arrived just near closing time and many of the show workers jumped in to overdrive
    adding lines and fender and removing unneeded awnings, signage pennants etc. When the wind began to really peak after
    8:30 PM, things started getting really chaotic and the harbor master evacuated all persons staying overnight on vessels
    attached to the temporary dock.



    photo © Ben Rifkin

    As the storm continued, on of the temporary dock sections broke loose and it with two boats attached worked
    their way to a group of high dollar cruise boats on display. As of the writing, 21 boats were pulled from the show
    and taken to repair yards or back to the own harbors for repair and clean up.
    Conditions last night were totally off scale high and chaotic. We had 6 headsails unroll from their midpoints on D dock, which the liveaboards subdued over the course of 4 hours, the largest being on an SC52. Contrary to popular opinion, none of the banners or signage was taken down on the show boats, as we could see them from across the harbor where the waves were attention getting. F-ing water was inches deep on the docks on our more sheltered end of the marina. The food tent blew down/collapsed. It was a huge clusterfuck...with winds expected to hit 60...jeez, reduce the windage, you know? When 35 on the windspeed feels calm, you know it's a bit sporty. BTW, the owner of the SC52 came down and re-stowed his genny EXACTLY the same way he had it until last night's blow. If we have to douse that bastard again tonight, the halyard is coming down with the fucker. I can't deal with stupidity.

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    http://www.pressure-drop.us/forums/c...-Of-Bay-Bridge

    That storm managed to capsize a fuel barge that was servicing the BART tube by Oakland Outer Harbor.

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    Update 1: Coast Guard responds to sunken barge south of Bay Bridge

    SAN FRANCISCO — A unified command comprised of the U.S. Coast Guard, California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, Vortex Marine Construction and Bay Area Rapid Transit has been established in response to the sunken 112-foot freight barge Vengeance leaking diesel fuel south of the Bay Bridge, Friday.

    State and federal responders and investigators are on site executing cleanup strategies for a maximum potential release of 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 300 gallons of hydraulic fluid.

    Divers from Global Diving and Salvage conducted an initial underwater assessment and plugged the leaking fuel vent Friday afternoon.

    A Coast Guard helicopter crew is scheduled to conduct an overflight and divers are scheduled to conduct another underwater assessment Saturday morning. Responders will be on scene prepared to deploy boom.

    While no impact to the shoreline has been detected, the responding agencies continue to prioritize and prepare for potential impacts to environmentally sensitive sites.

    No visibly oiled wildlife has been reported or observed at this time, but crews are monitoring for them. Anyone seeing oiled wildlife should not attempt to capture them but should report the sightings to 1-877-UCD-OWCN.
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    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/articl...e-11061442.php

    The good news is the derrick is not leaking its fuel or lube oil!

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    News Release
    April 10, 2017
    U.S. Coast Guard 11th District Pacific Southwest
    Contact: 11th District Public Affairs
    Office: (510) 437-3325
    After Hours: (510) 772-8865

    Update 2: Coast Guard and partner agencies continue to monitor the sunken barge south of Bay Bridge


    SAN FRANCISCO – A collaborative unified command has been established, comprised of the U.S. Coast Guard, California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response, San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, Vortex Marine Construction and Bay Area Rapid Transit District, in response to the sunken 112-foot freight barge Vengeance near the Bay Bridge and has worked with contractors to determine Monday that the barge's location poses no threat to the Bay Area Rapid Transit District TransBay Tube or salvage operations.

    The barge has settled on the sea floor above the subterranean BART tube, which is sheltered by a 25-to-30-foot protective layer of earth consisting of compacted sediment. Regular sonar scans and tube inspections are being conducted to ensure the BART tube is not impacted and that BART remains safe to operate.

    Global Diving and Salvage has been hired by the barge owner, Vortex Marine Construction, to conduct underwater assessments and devise a salvage plan. The unified command will review the salvage plan before salvage operations begin to ensure it can be conducted safely and efficiently.

    A Coast Guard helicopter crew conducted an overflight Sunday and detected no sheen. Responders remain on scene prepared to deploy boom.

    Coast Guard Station San Francisco crews are enforcing a safety zone in the area to ensure the safety of responders. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco have issued a safety marine information broadcast to local mariners.

    Shoreline teams have also been deployed throughout the surrounding areas to conduct shoreline assessments to the outlining areas and monitor wildlife. While no impact to the shoreline has been detected, the responding agencies continue to prioritize and prepare for potential impacts to environmentally sensitive sites.

    No visibly oiled wildlife has been reported or observed at this time, but crews are monitoring for them. Anyone seeing oiled wildlife should not attempt to capture them but should report the sightings to 1-877-UCD-OWCN.

    All agencies are working together to develop a salvage plan, to ensure safety and effectiveness and to mitigate any environmental impacts.
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    If it were to leak on a flood tide, the Estuary would be hosed, so to speak.

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