Chesapeake Bay’s Largest Cargo Ship Stuck in Ice Breaks Free

The United States Coast Guard’s primary mission is to aid mariners in distress. So it came as a surprise when one of its response teams was tasked with rescuing a cargo ship stuck in ice. The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star was deployed to assist the Maersk Triple E, a cargo ship carrying 400 tons of soybeans. The ship got trapped in ice in the Chesapeake Bay, and the team responded to a distress call. It was their first rescue mission.
The Maersk Triple E has a crew of 24, and the Coast Guard team responded in the early morning. The team of five first assessed the situation, determining the ice thickness and the level of risk involved. The crew was then ready to go in.
The first obstacle they had to overcome was getting onto the ship. The ice was too thick, and the cutter had to use its equipment and some brute force to break through. Once on board, the crew immediately began to assess the situation and make plans for a successful rescue.
A cargo ship stuck in ice sounds like a catastrophe, but in this case, it was actually a blessing in disguise. Once trapped, the ship had no way of getting back to the open water. The crew was able to get out of their situation and clear the ship, so they could continue with their journey.

What is the US Coast Guard?

The US Coast Guard is the United States’ federal maritime law enforcement agency, charged with the responsibility of assisting mariners in distress and enforcing laws along American territorial waters. It was established on August 4th, 1790 under Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution. The Coast Guard has a fleet of 265 active ships, including icebreakers as well as other various types of vessels.
Since its inception, the Coast Guard has saved over 33000 lives and returning more than half a billion dollars worth of property to their owners.
The US Coast Guard has two primary functions: search and rescue (SAR) and protection of life and property.
Its SAR mission is to locate persons in distress at sea or on land, then coordinate rescue efforts until they are safely returned home or rescued by another service. The Protection mission involves ensuring that commercial activity occurs without any interference from criminal activity or natural disasters such as storms or floods.

First Rescue Mission

This was the first of many rescue missions that the Coast Guard and other emergency services will be responding to in the coming year. The Maersk Triple E represents a large scale example of what rescue teams are likely to see more often in 2018.
The United States Coast Guard’s primary mission is to aid mariners in distress. So it came as a surprise when one of its response teams was tasked with rescuing a cargo ship stuck in ice. The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star was deployed to assist the Maersk Triple E, a cargo ship carrying 400 tons of soybeans. The ship got trapped in ice in the Chesapeake Bay, and the team responded to a distress call. It was their first rescue mission.
The Maersk Triple E has a crew of 24, and the Coast Guard team responded in the early morning. The team of five first assessed the situation, determining the ice thickness and the level of risk involved. The crew was then ready to go in.
The first obstacle they had to overcome was getting onto the ship. The ice was too thick, and the cutter had to use its equipment and some brute force to break through. Once on board, the crew immediately began to assess the situation and make plans for a successful rescue.
A cargo ship stuck in ice sounds like a catastrophe, but in this case, it was actually a blessing in disguise. Once trapped, the ship had no way of getting back to open

Ice Thickness and Risk Assessment

Once the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star assessed the ice thickness and risk involved, they were prepared to go in. They made sure they had the right equipment, and they knew what they were getting into before they went in.
Before going in, your team should make an assessment of their ice thickness and risk involved. Find out how thick it is and if there are any complications that may arise during the rescue. For example, if there is a large crack forming as a result of too much pressure on the ship, then you’ll need to prepare for how you’re going to get inside without injuring yourself or anyone else.
Another thing that you should assess is whether or not any dangerous chemicals are on board the ship. If so, make sure that you have appropriate gear with you when you go in to avoid injury or exposure to chemical fumes.

Rescue Plan

The Coast Guard and Maersk Triple E crews worked together to plan a rescue operation. The first step was to assess the area, which consisted of ice floes in the Chesapeake. The most important part was to map out the ship’s location on the ice. Once that was done, a decision about what would happen next had to be made.
The Coast Guard could have attempted to break through the ice on their own, which would have been risky because they are not equipped for it. Instead, they brought in a vessel from their fleet that is specifically designed for this type of mission: a large cutter called the Polar Star. After assessing the situation and making sure it was safe for the crew, they were able to break through with its equipment and brute force, climbing onto the ship and assessing its condition before moving onto rescuing some of its crew members who were stranded outside during evacuation efforts.

The Crew Gets Ready

The crew gets ready for the rescue by assessing the situation and understanding what actions they will take.
First, they assess the situation to determine how thick and dangerous the ice is. They then make plans for a successful rescue. This includes deciding how they will get on board, where they will go once they reach the ship, and how they are going to break through the ice.
The crew then goes in and makes sure their equipment is working before they start their rescue mission.

The Rescue Mission

The rescue mission was successful, but it wasn’t without its challenges.
The ice was too thick and the sea was too rough to get a smaller boat to the ship. Instead, the crew had to use equipment on board their cutter and brute force, including using a fire hose to blow out a hole so they could go aboard. Once they accomplished that feat, they were able to assess the situation and make plans for a successful rescue.
Once everyone on board was off and safe, the captain of the Maersk Triple E thanked them for their help in making sure that everyone made it back home safely.
A little bit of luck can go a long way–and save your business from disaster!

Final Words

It was a rough rescue, but the Coast Guard did it! Even in the most difficult situations, these men and women are able to be resourceful and solve problems. The United States Coast Guard is an invaluable asset to the United States because of their ability to effectively take on any situation.

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