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"Life & Death At Port-au-Prince"

On The Scene In The Port-au-Prince Marine Terminal, Haiti

January 12 2010


Port Au Prince Marine Terminal - In Better Days

A Cargo Nightmare Prize Contender

The Date: January 12 2010

The Time: 1653 Hrs.

The Place: In The Port-au-Prince Marine Terminal, Haiti

Salvage Vessel Enters Battered Port Au Prince Marine Terminal -- What Horrors Are In Store

The Aftermath of A Magnatude 7 Earthquake

Editor Note -
The photos you will see below are from both the U.S. Coast Guard and from an anonymous industry source close to us. We believe some of these photos are published here for the first time.

This world tragedy has resulted in what will be hundreds of thousands of deaths for which we mourn.

This feature makes a modest attempt to document the effect of this horror upon the maritime resources of a very battered Haiti.


Haiti -- Western Half of The Island of Hispaniola

Conditions Are Grim -- Reefer Container Adrift In Ruins of Port-au-Prince Marine Terminal On Morning of Jan. 13 2010

The Marine Terminal Is A Vital Artery For The Life of Haiti -- 7 Million Starving People Now Depend Upon This Facility Being Reopened.

Transportation Systems In Haiti Are Located Near Or Run Through The Capital.

U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter Launches Off The Flight Deck of The 270-foot U.S. Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Forward (WMEC 911)

The Morning of Jan, 13, 2010 -- First To The Scene -- America Rolls Up Her Sleeves -- First To The Rescue

USCGC Forward (WMEC 911) -- First To The Rescue -- The Morning After

On 12 Jan. 2010, USCGC Forward Was At Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base When The 2010 Haiti Earthquake Occurred.

She Was Ordered To Assist In The Humanitarian Relief Efforts, And Was The First American Vessel To Arrive In Port-au-Prince The Following Morning.

USCGC Forward (WMEC 911) Is Commanded By Commander Diane Durham

U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Lands On Jan.13 Morning To Begin Rescue Operations

U.S. Embassy Employee Is Transported To The U.S. Naval Hospital At Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from a U.S. Coast Guard Helicopter Jan. 13, 2010
U.S. Coast Guard Personnel Race The Injured To U.S. Naval Hospital at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

Vessels Trapped Amist Debris At Port-au-Prince Marine Terminal -- Some Lost Gear That Was Placed On The Dock As The Piers Collapsed.

The Cargo Letter - Jan. 14 2010

Antillean Marine Shipping Corp., which sails to Haiti from its facility on the Miami River, said one of its ships, the M/V Stella Maris, was damaged in the earthquake as it was discharging goods at the pier in Port-au-Prince.

"One of the cranes fell over and hit the vessel. It has a hole in it. A [base]ball-sized hole," said Jesus Pino, operations manager for Antillean Marine.

Antillean Marine was assessing the damage to the Stella Maris Jan. 13 afternoon to see if the cargo vessel is seaworthy to return to Miami.

The Scene Is Grim At Port-au-Prince Marine Terminal

Ocean Containers Thrown Like Toys & Warfs Collapsed At Port-au-Prince Marine Terminal

The Piers of Haiti's Major Commerical Port Are Collapsed. All of The Major Transportation Systems In Haiti Are Located Near Or Run Through The Capital.

Other Ports, Such As Cap Haitian, Are Available, But How Would Supplies Be Transported From Those Ports To Port-au-Prince, Where The Bulk of The Damage Occurred?

The Cargo Letter - Jan. 14 2010
An inspection by the U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Forward found port facilities at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, were severely damaged in the Jan. 12 earthquake and apparently unusable.

Spokesman Lt. Cdr. Chris O'Neil said Jan. 13 the vessel, aided by an intelligence unit, found cranes were destroyed and piers submerged. Aids to navigation were in their proper places, but on first examination, shore facilities are in no condition to receive ships that might be carrying relief supplies.

O'Neil emphasized that the inspection was preliminary.

A U.S. Coast Guard aerial photo shows two of the port's cranes in the water. A wharf 1,500 feet long and some 60 feet wide has subsided below the water surface.

Air charter companies, including Chapman Freeborn, said they were beginning to fly supplies in. FedEx said it will airlift on Jan. 14 an aid consignment for Direct Relief.

The airport at Port-au-Prince is largely undamaged, according to a report from Chapman Freeborn Airchartering, but lacks air traffic control. Santo Domingo airport in the neighboring country of the Dominican Republic provides a viable alternative to Port Au Prince airport.

A Major Effort Will Be Required To Reopen The Port

Port-au-Prince Infrastructure Was In In Poor Shape Before The Quake -- But Now?

Salvors Take On Containers & Begin To Clear Port-au-Prince Marine Terminal

Lifting Containers Off The Port -- The Salvage Effort Will Be Massive

U.S. Coast Guard Photographers Survey The Ravaged State of Port-au-Prince Marine Terminal On Jan. 13

January 17-18 2010

Haitian Coastguard With Injured

Haitian Coastguard Approaches U.S. Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Tacoma, Homeported Key West, Fla

Haitian Coastguard With Injured Bound For U.S. Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Tacoma

Crewmembers From U.S. Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Tahoma Help Prepare A Critically Injured Man For Medical Evacuation Jan. 16, 2010.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Mohawk, Homeported Key West, Fla., Sits At Anchor, Port-au-Prince

U.S.Navy Helicopter From Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vincent Delivers Humanitarian Supplies To USCGC Mohawk.

The Supplies Were Then Taken To the Haitian Coastguard Base At Killick, Haiti.

On To The Deck of USCGC Mohawk

Crewmembers from U.S. Coast Guard Cutters USCGC Mohawk & USCGC Tahoma Offload Medical & Humanitarian Aid Supplies

Crewmembers from U.S. Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Tahoma & The Haitian Coastguard Work Together.

U.S. FEMA Communications Truck is Loaded At U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., Into A HC-130 Hercules Aircraft Jan. 15, 2010

The Vehicles Are From The Mobile Emergency Response Support Detachment in Thomasville, Ga. --For Haiti Search & Rescue

The Return Trip To America

U.S. Air Force Members Help Earthquake Refugees Board A U.S. Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules Aircraft From Air Station Clearwater

The HC-130 Hercules Is Headed For Homestead, Fla., Jan. 16, 2010. Around 60 People Boarded The Aircraft, Including Children & Elderly.

 U.S. Navy Helicopter From Aircraft Carrier USS Vincent [CVN70] Resupplies The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Mohawk Off Port-au-Prince

The Naval Response of The United States Is Massive.

 U.S. Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Departed Baltimore, MD For Haiti on Jan.. 16 2010.-- 250 Beds & 4 Operating Rooms.-- Arrival Jan. 22 2010

Editor Note - Jan. 17 2010

The human suffering ashore at Port-au-Prince is beyond imagination, and getting worse. Many nations have combined to

Toussaint Louverture International Airport handled about 25 flights per day before the earthquake. The facilities there are not up to the immediate task at hand. Thanks to the U.S. military the Toussaint Louverture International Airport is keeping pace.

The long term hope for Haiti is "Strength From The Sea" {Motto of USS La Moure County LST-1194 -- hero ship of "Operation Desert Dager" & "Operation Desert Storm"]

The U.S. Navy is now on scene with the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vincent CVN-70. Her electrical power & extensive medical facilities will bring modern technologies to the rescue.


USS Carl Vinson (CNV-70) -- Five Operating Rooms, Over 5,000 Crew & Logistics Support -- Her 4 Distilling Units Can make 400,000 Gallons of Drinking Water A Day

On Haiti Station With 15 Other American Vessels -- America Rolls Up Her Sleeves

Editor Note

Thanks to Andy Demas for pointing out we posted a photo of USS Abraham Lincoln instead of USS Carl Vinson -- now corrected -- above.

The Cargo Letter - Jan. 18 2010

The U.S. is sending five auxiliary ships to Haiti to help unclog the bottleneck of aid shipments stuck offshore because they can't be unloaded in the wrecked harbor of Port-au-Prince.

Two crane ships, a special causeway and barge-handling ship, a specialized oil-delivery ship and a high-speed ferry will join the armada of Navy, Coast Guard and Military Sealift Command vessels on station or converging on Haiti, responding to the humanitarian crisis that has developed in the wake of a devastating earthquake last week.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Monday he had ordered the U.S. Maritime Administration to sortie the crane ships USNS Gopher State and USNS Cornhusker State; the sea barge clipper Cape May; the offshore petroleum discharge ship USNS Petersburg; and the high speed ferry Huakai, formerly one of the Hawaiian SuperFerries.

U.S. Military Support -- Here is What America Has On Scene Jan. 18 2010


* More than 11,000 military personnel were on the ground, on ships off shore or en route as of Jan. 18, the White House said, and 33 helicopters were supporting relief operations.

* About 7,000 U.S. military personnel were due to be in Haiti by Jan. 18 for the joint military operation, dubbed "Unified Response," the White House said.

* Among fresh U.S. forces arriving Jan. 18 were 2,200 Marines in an expeditionary unit embarked on the amphibious ship USS Bataan. They are equipped with heavy lift and earth-moving equipment, helicopters and medical support capabilities.

* An aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vincent, arrived on Jan. 15 with 19 helicopters on board. It has three operating rooms, several dozen hospital beds and can produce about 35,000 gallons of drinking water a day. She is flying airlift missions and delivering more than 30 pallets of relief supplies.


The U.S. military is working with the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), the international community and local responders to support humanitarian relief efforts. To help meet the need for clean water, U.S. military aircraft, helicopters and vessels are giving the highest priority to the shipment of donated water. Three water treatment units are in Haiti and four additional units were arriving on the USS Bataan.

Overall, there are more than 30 U.S. military and U.S. Coast Guard helicopters supporting delivery of aid to victims. Another 15 helicopters were expected within the next 24 hours, the White House said on Monday.

As of Jan. 16, U.S. military aircraft and helicopters had airlifted 130,000 humanitarian daily rations, 70,000 bottles of water and 117 tents into Port-au-Prince, U.S. Southern Command said. U.S. military aircraft are scheduled to support the delivery of approximately 550,000 additional daily rations.

U.S. and international search and rescue teams had rescued 69 earthquake victims, mostly Haitians, the White House said.


* Accompanying the USS Bataan is the rest of its amphibious readiness group, USS Fort McHenry and USS Carter Hall.

* The hospital ship USNS Comfort, with one of the largest trauma facilities in the United States, is expected to arrive on January 20 with 600 medical personnel aboard. It has 12 operating rooms and 250 hospital beds, four X-ray units, one CAT scan unit, an invasive angiography suite and two oxygen-producing plants. USNS Comfort also has up to 5,000 units of blood on board.

* Among the ships already supporting relief operations are the carrier USS Vinson, destroyer USS Higgins, frigate USS Underwood, cruiser USS Normandy and the USNS Big Horn, a fleet oiler.


* More than 700 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne and other Army units are in Haiti supporting humanitarian relief efforts. An estimated 3,000 soldiers are expected to deploy to Haiti to support Operation Unified Response.


* U.S. Air Force aircraft had flown more than 150 missions in support of the operation, including 29 missions into Haiti. Within 28 minutes of landing, a team of U.S. Air Force air traffic control and airfield management personnel helped the government of Haiti restore air traffic at the international airport in Port-au-Prince, Southern Command said.

* U.S. Air Force specialists worked closely with Haitian aviation officials and Haiti's government to set up a flight operations coordination center, manage safe sustainment of air operations and ensure maximum use of the airport.

* The airport is open for round-the-clock operations and has a 100-aircraft per day capacity, up from 60 aircraft per day capacity the day before, the White House said.

* The airport has received more than 600 short tons of supplies, the White House said.

When The World Needs Support -- America Does

January 21- 22 2010

America Brings Strength From The Sea

Port-au-Prince Marine Terminal In Ruins -- The U.S. Navy At Work

At 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)

Landing Craft Delivers Humanitarian Aid & Supplies At A Compound Outside Leogane, Haiti.

USS Carter Hall & the 22nd MEU Are Conducting Humanitarian & Disaster ReliefOoperations As Part of Operation Unified Response

The Military Sealift Command Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Is Anchored Off The Coast of Haiti To Support Operation Unified Response.

Hundreds of Hospital Beds & Medical Experts -- The Best of America For Haiti

The Cargo Letter - Jan. 21 2010 -- Marine Engineers Bring Strength From The Sea

Naval engineers OK limited operations as alternate airport opens in Dominican Republic

A damaged secondary pier has opened to limited traffic at the Port of Port-au-Prince seaport while efforts continue to open new airstrips to handle what a military official said is a backup of 1,400 flights seeking to get into earthquake-damaged Haiti.

Gen. Douglas Fraser, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, told a Pentagon press conference that 120 to 140 flights a day are now able to land at the Port-au-Prince airport, which has a single runway and a flight tower that was destroyed by the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Gen. Fraser said 1,400 planes have sought permission to land in Haiti but the airports can handle only a fraction of that volume. He said officials have opened a third alternate airport in the neighboring Dominican Republic to supplement airstrips already operating in Jacmel, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.

Repairs continue on earthquake-damaged piers at the Port-au-Prince seaport, but limited supplies are being moved over the port's south pier. A Dutch Navy vessel reportedly discharged 90 tons over the pier, which received its first commercial vessel, a roll-on, roll-off barge that discharged containers, earlier this week.

Divers from the USNS Grubb examined the pier, which was damaged but was deemed safe for limited use by small vessels, with only one truck allowed on the pier at a time and one-way traffic on the road leading into the city.

"We're on our third vessel and the structural engineers have OK'd the operation we are doing," Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Mark Gibbs was quoted as telling Reuters.

The port's primary north pier remains unusable.

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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The U.S. Coast Guard, and to their families.

SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by air & sae continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker

It's very dangerous out there.

INDEX TO OUR "Life & Death At Port-au-Prince" PAGE SPECIAL FEATURES:

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USS Carl Vincent (CNV-70)

Toussaint Louverture International Airport

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Andy Demas

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