April 19, 2010
Starlight marine conducts rescue training with Coast Guard
Starlight Marine Services, a full service marine transportation provider, has collaborated with the United States Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco to conduct on the water rescue training.
Starlight, a subsidiary of Harley Marine Services, operates a fleet of state of the art tugs in the San Francisco Harbor. This training marked the first time the air station has trained with members of the tug and barge industry.
During the most recent training, earlier this month, two Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin class helicopters were on scene from Air Station San Francisco to conduct hoist training with the crew from Starlight Marine’s Millennium Falcon. The training included numerous rescue training attempts while the tug was underway. This requires the use of a trail line and faultless communication between the vessel and helicopter. Both litters and rescue baskets were used during the excecise and a rescue swimmer was also lowered to the tug.
Starlight Marine Services says that having the ability to execute real time exercises of this magnitude is an invaluable asset for its safety and training programs.
"With the wide variety of maritime services we provide, this opportunity has only bettered our readiness in the event this type of rescue was ever needed," says the company. "Practicing real time scenarios much like this is an integral part of our corporate goals and objectives. Starlight Marine looks forward to further cooperation with the Coast Guard.