Posts Tagged ‘ASPEN’

The U.S. Coast Guard Ships Out of the Bay Area to Help with the BP Oil Spill

Friday, June 4th, 2010

The Bay Area-based USCGC Aspen Seagoing Buoy Tender just took off for Florida to help out with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

As she looked yesterday on her way to the Panama Canal and beyond:

Click to epxand

Check the video:

SAN FRANCISCO – Lt. Cmdr. Roy Burbaker, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, discusses the oil spill response capabilities of the cutter as crewmembers prepare to deploy to the Gulf of Mexico to provide clean up and operational support for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, June 3, 2010. With a crew of 34 and seven officers, the Aspen is one of the most technologically advanced cutters in the Coast Guard fleet, capable of providing on-the-water skimming operations. The Aspen is a versatile ship that can be used for pollution response, command and control, logistics, or other roles in addition to her primary missions of maintaining aids to navigation, search and rescue, and law enforcement. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela J. Manns

All the deets:

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender homeported at Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco, deployed to the Gulf of Mexico to assist with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response today.

The Aspen is a versatile ship that can be used for pollution response, command and control, logistics, or other roles in addition to her primary missions of maintaining aids to navigation, search and rescue, and law enforcement. The cutter has the capability to deploy the skimming and oil containment equipment known as the Spilled Oil Recovery System(SORS). The cutter’s crew of 41 joins over 180 California-based Coast Guard personnel who have been assigned to Deepwater Horizon oil spill duty. Two skimming systems and 9,500 feet of boom based in California have also been sent to the region.

“The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a national disaster,” said Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, commander of the 11th Coast Guard District headquartered here. “We’re going to help in any way we can. The American people and Gulf Coast citizens deserve our strong support.”

Responding to disasters is an important Coast Guard mission. California-based Coast Guard personnel, aircraft, vessels and equipment have regularly deployed to disasters such as the Haitian earthquake, California wildfires, floods, tsunamis, and other major response and relief operations. Some 5,300 active duty and 929 reserve Coast Guard personnel are based in California.

Shore-based maintenance teams and other West Coast buoy tenders will cover the Aspen’s aids-to-navigation duties while the cutter is deployed to the Gulf of Mexico. The ship is expected to be deployed for several months.

Bon Courage.

Enter the San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker Video Contest and WIN WIN WIN!

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

From Laughing Squid comes the news - the San Francisco Ballet is holding an interactive video contest in conjunction with its upcoming Nutcracker season, starting December 8th, 2009. They’re asking the public to submit short, original Nutcracker-themed videos for a chance to win some fabulous prizes, including:

a trip for four to Aspen;

a weekend getaway at The Fairmont Hotel;

tickets to SF Ballet performances and more.

What are you waiting for? Get shaking!

What is this ballerina doing in the mail room? Click here to find out.

ballet copy

For more information and full contest details visit www.sfballet.org/contest.

Grand Prize
A six day-five night trip for four to Aspen, Colorado, including flight, deluxe hotel accommodations, rental car, and entertainment. In addition, the grand prize winner will receive a four-pack of tickets to see San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker this December, and a commemorative book, San Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five, filled with stunning images of the Company. (Approximate value of Grand Prize package = $6,710)

Second Prize
A two-night stay at The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, with daily breakfast, dinner for two at The Tonga Room, two Center Box seats to a performance of San Francisco Ballet’s Swan Lake in January 2010, including a VIP backstage tour. In addition, the second prize winner will receive a four-pack of tickets to see San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker this December, and a commemorative book, San Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five. (Approximate value of Second Prize package = $2,265)

Third Prize
Dinner for two at Seasons Restaurant, located in the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco, as well as a $300 gift certificate to Amazon.com. In addition, the third prize winner will receive a four-pack of tickets to see San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker this December, and a commemorative book, San Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five. (Approximate value of Third Prize package = $1,010)

In addition, the two remaining semi-finalists will each receive a four-pack of tickets to see San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker this December, as well as the commemorative book San Francisco Ballet at Seventy-Five.

Lights, camera….

U.S. Coast Guard Recovers Huge Buoy Off of San Francisco

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

What were you doing new year’s eve? Well, that was probably more fun than what the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Aspen did, which was fix our buoy problem.

The San Francisco Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy SF, commonly known as the “Sea Buoy” was recovered by the Coast Guard Cutter ASPEN. The buoy was found on the sea floor in its assigned position, still attached to its mooring. The buoy was lifted onto the deck of the ASPEN, and will be brought back to San Francisco for repairs

They’re looking into why it sank – it might have been hit by an outbound vessel. Click to expand:  

Doesn’t look like too much fun.  

Let’s be careful out there.