Coast Guard suspends search for man who fell overboard near Blount Island
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard announced Monday night that it had suspended the search for a man who disappeared after falling overboard near Blount Island on Sunday. The Tugboat Pop notified Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville around 3 a.m. Sunday that the 42-year-old man fell into the water while moving from the vessel to a barge. The commercial tugboat worker was not wearing a life jacket and did not resurface, according to the Coast Guard. Mark Vlaun, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. “We ask that all mariners keep a sharp lookout while transiting the waterways near Blount Island and to call our command center at 904-714-7555 with any reports of new information.”
Jacksonville Fire-Rescue finds smoke, no fire on ship at Blount Island
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A large number of fire engines responded to a report of a shipboard fire at the Jacksonville Port Authority’s Blount Island docks Tuesday night, but it appears nothing was on fire. The cargo carrier Hoegh told Jacksonville Fire and Rescue that five cars aboard the ship were on fire. Shortly after 11:30 p.m., Jacksonville Fire-Rescue tweeted: “Command has called this situation under control.... our crews are going home.” No injuries were reported. If the ship looks familiar, you might recall in June when a similar-looking cargo ship caught fire at Blount Island. A total of eight firefighters were injured when an explosion occurred on that ship while they were battling the fire.
Jacksonville firefighters: Ship fire has been fully extinguished
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. More than a week after a group of Jacksonville firefighters were injured while battling a fire onboard a ship docked at Blount Island, the Fire and Rescue Department said Friday that the fire is officially out.According to Fire Chief Keith Powers, eight firefighters were injured in an explosion that occurred while crews were battling the fire, and an additional firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion. According to Powers, the fire started on the seventh deck of the ship. Approximately 120 JFRD personnel were sent to battle the initial fire. The ship was loaded with automobiles. An oil spill response team was brought in by Resolve Marine, which placed a boom around the ship to prevent pollution in the water.
JFRD: Fire aboard cargo ship ‘under control and contained'
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A fire aboard a cargo ship docked at Blount Island was “under control and contained” as of Sunday morning, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said. According to JFRD, eight firefighters were injured in an explosion Thursday while battling the fire on the ship. On Saturday, JFRD said, crews were cooling the ship with more than 25,000 gallons of water per minute on all sides. Day 3, cooling the ship with more than 25,000 gallons of water per minute on all sides... working with partners to a safe resolve to the situation. RELATED: Maritime expert explains why cargo ship fire is particularly hazardous | Coast Guard working to control potential environmental impact of burning shipThe Coast Guard said there are no signs of contaminants in the water.
Drones using infrared cameras to monitor ship blaze that could burn for days
RELATED: Coast Guard working to control potential environmental impact of burning shipThese photos from JFRD were taken by drones with infrared cameras to measure the temperatures and show the hottest areas of the ship glowing red. Mark Vlaun with the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard said there are no signs of contaminants in the water. Unfortunately, a number of members of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department sustained injuries courageously tackling this blaze. Jacksonville firefighters responded immediately and have worked tirelessly to control the fire.
Coast Guard working to control potential environmental impact of burning ship
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Coast Guard crews at Blount Island were working throughout the day Friday to keep a burning cargo ship intact, attempting to minimize any threat there might be to the environment. “We need to all monitor to make sure there are no long-term impacts of potential spills that escaped outside that boomed area,” said Lisa Rinaman, the St. Johns Riverkeeper. It’s easier to keep it contained if it’s above water, and so every step that they make to protect that cargo ship helps to protect the river,” Rinaman said. The Coast Guard has placed protective booms around the ship to catch any contaminants that might be leaking not only from the ship, but also the automobiles that were being carried by the vessel. You can report sheen sightings to the St. Johns Riverkeeper.
PHOTO GALLERY: Cargo ship fire
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Eight firefighters were injured Thursday when an explosion occurred while they were battling a large fire aboard a cargo ship at Blount Island, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said. According to JFRD, a ninth firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion. Above is a slideshow of photos of the ship from the Sky 4 helicopter, News4Jax, Department of Transportation cameras and JFRD.
Maritime expert explains what makes cargo ship fires so dangerous
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. At least nine firefighters are recovering from injuries, some serious, after an explosion occurred while battling a fire Thursday evening aboard a cargo ship docked at Blount Island, according to a spokesperson for the Jacksonville Association of Firefighters. Fire Chief Keith Powers with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said ship fires are some of the most dangerous fires a firefighter will be faced with extinguishing. RELATED: JFRD: Firefighters injured battling fire aboard cargo ship at Blount IslandMaritime attorney Rod Sullivan spoke with News4Jax about the dangerous of cargo ship fires, especially ones that are carrying automobiles. Those vehicles are filled with with gasoline and gasoline is a highly explosive substance, especially if it becomes vaporized and heats up, Sullivan said. Sullivan also spoke about some of the precautions that are taken when moving vehicles aboard a cargo ship.
Firefighters: Cargo ship catches fire at Blount Island
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. A spokesperson for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department said firefighters are responding to a cargo ship fire at Blount Island. A crew is evacuating the ship, the spokesperson said. News4Jax is told this ship was loaded with vehicles. It wasnt immediately clear how the ship caught fire. News4Jax has a crew working to gather more information.
Economic impact report: JaxPort generates 26,000 jobs in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla - The Jacksonville Port Authority on Monday morning released its new economic report, which concluded cargo activity through the seaport generates more than 26,000 jobs in Northeast Florida and $31.1 billion in annual economic output for the region and state. The study released Monday concluded that 26,282 people in the Jacksonville area were employed with port-related jobs -- a nearly 8% increase from the last report released five years ago. In comparison, the average salary across the state of Florida for all jobs in $46,010. READ: The Local and Regional Economic Impacts of the Port of Jacksonville 2018 reportThat's why Cameron said college students should be considering a job with JaxPort. JaxPort is also doing well trading with Asia, with the report finding cargo growth up 89% since 2013.