I used to kinda beleive in the TWIC program until today. Can I just tell the gate guard I’m a protestor if I forget my TWIC card? Or is the Coast Guard acting as their TWIC escort here?
Sorry about the pay wall, here’s a better link.
Thomas says the ILWU Local 10 labor union has had a longstanding relationship standing up for Palestinians.
I think they are implying that it may have included some longshoremen who would have had TWICs.
Looks like a lot more than just three people, not sure why more weren’t arrested.
More concerning is the apparent OpSec breach:
Kiswani, the organizer of this protest, said workers confirmed the ship will head to Tacoma, Washington where it’s expected to load up with military supplies before heading to Israel.
I wonder if the Longshoremen opened a gate up that wasn’t supposed to be opened?
No Suprise to me that this happened having worked in the port of Oakland area for 40 years. Secuity consist of some older retired guys with badges who roam around in cars unarmed. The area is noted particularly on the weekends when there is little truck activity for side shows as the roads are very wide to allow for trucks with containers that go each way in two lanes. During the side shows the cops and CHP never show up Oakland being police defunded does not have the man power to stop the 100 people plus with cars from spinning donuts and racing. there is usually gun fire in the crowds during these side shows. The ship was lucky that no one got shot.
Listened to Sal’s report and think he is correct that this vessel is too far away to be going to the red sea hopefully Tacoma will be more prepared
SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard removed three people from a ship after they reportedly trespassed on the vessel “Cape Orlando” during a protest in the Oakland Harbor Friday morning.
Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received a report of a demonstration happening within the Oakland Harbor near the vessel Cape Orlando around 8:30 a.m.
At 9:30 a.m. watchstanders received an additional report that some of the people protesting had breached the fence surrounding the pier that the Cape Orlando was moored to. Then protesters reportedly began tampering with mooring lines and climbing onto the vessel’s ladder.
Watchstanders then directed the launch of several Coast Guard Station San Francisco 45-foot response boat-medium crews and boarding teams at approximately 10 a.m.
After arriving on scene, Coast Guard boat crew members began to assist Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) members alongside local law enforcement to remove the protesting individuals from the maritime facility around 10:05 a.m.
After local law enforcement moved the protesting individuals away from the Cape Orlando, three people remained attached to the vessels ladder. The Sector San Francisco boarding team and CGIS then removed the three remaining individuals from the vessel Friday afternoon.
Individuals who breached the maritime facility and trespassed aboard the Cape Orlando are currently under investigation for potential violations of federal law.
These protesters are typically spoiled naïve sons and daughters of wealthy parents looking for meaning in their lives. It’s a good thing they lack the upper body strength to lift mooring hawsers or their stunt could have ended badly.
I think it is fairly safe to say most of us never believed in it from day one. It has always been a scam to add to a defense contractor’s slush fund. Port Everglades will not accept it as the identification required to enter the port. If you plan to protest make sure you have your drivers license with you.
Uhhh why didn’t the mate on watch use the duty weapon to fend off these people? AB on gangway didn’t break out the baton and beat the first guy senseless? It’s like they’ve never seen the instructional video of the two Italians doing heavily scripted fight scenarios at Star Center. Sheesh. USMM is totally failing.
Are you suggesting that he should have used his sidearm? A sideways career move at best.
MARAD ship, not MSC. I’ve never sailed on one of the RRF boats, so I could be wrong, but I don’t think they have armed watchstanders or even an ATFP AEL (lethal or non-lethal).
I’ve been through MSC small arms a bunch of times and I’ve yet to meet anyone from a boat with red, white, and blue stack stripes in those classes.
Don’t need a small arms course to open-carry a fire hose!
Lighten up folks.
The RRF ships I’ve been on have weapons and the permanent crews are small arms qualified. They wouldn’t have weapons out of the safe in a US port though.
Unless they were activated then there were neither of those people. Even if they were activated, no one would have had a weapon of any kind, even a baton.
Sector Puget Sound is being proactive and has established a moving Security Zone for the Cape Orlando for its call in Tacoma:
- THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT HAS ESTABLISHED A MOVING SECURITY ZONE FOR THE NAVIGABLE WATERS OF THE PUGET SOUND WITHIN 500 YARDS OF M/V CAPE ORLANDO. ALL VESSELS ARE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE SECURITY ZONE WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE CAPTAIN OF THE PORT. TO REQUEST PERMISSION TO ENTER THE SECURITY ZONE, VESSELS SHOULD CONTACT THE ONSCENE SECURITY VESSEL VIA VHF-FM CHANNEL 16 OR CALL COAST GUARD SECTOR PUGET SOUND AT 206-217-6002.
CANCEL AT//080800Z NOV 23//
What boat has red, white, and blue stripes on the stack?
M/V Cape Orlando is one of the Ready Reserve ships owned by MARAD. Ready Reserves ships have red white and blue stripes on their stacks. Military Sealift Command ships have a blue and gold (yellow) stripe on their stacks.