Coast Guard marine inspectors, Port of Cleveland welcome arrival of first-ever container ship to Great Lakes

Coast Guard marine inspectors, Port of Cleveland welcome arrival of first-ever container ship to Great Lakes
CLEVELAND — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Cleveland marine inspectors conducted safety and security examinations on the first-ever container ship to arrive in Cleveland Saturday morning. The 450-foot Dutch-flagged container ship Fortunagracht, delivered the first-ever load of containerized cargo to the Great Lakes. Chief Petty Officer Trevor Hughes and Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Johnson, marine...

Coast Guard urges caution along California coast

Coast Guard urges caution along California coast
SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard advises mariners and the public to use caution with high surf expected to pass through Northern California Sunday The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a high-surf warning for the coastline extending from Sonoma to Monterey County. This means that there is an increased risk for rip currents and sneaker waves on west and northwest facing beaches The...

Coast Guard oversees bulk carrier refloating off Virginia Beach

Coast Guard oversees bulk carrier refloating off Virginia Beach
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard oversaw the refloating of the 751-foot bulk carrier, Ornak, Friday. At approximately 9:35 a.m., the Ornak was refloated offshore of the Virginia Beach Resort and Convention Center and repositioned to the Lynnhaven anchorage. Agencies involved in the removal of the grounded ship were Svitzer, the contracted salvage company, McAllister towing, the Virginia Pilots...

Salvage plans progressing for bulk carrier aground in Virginia Beach, VA

Salvage plans progressing for bulk carrier aground in Virginia Beach, VA
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is in the final stages of reviewing a salvage plan Thursday that is scheduled to begin Friday morning to move the 751-foot bulk carrier, Ornak, that is aground near First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, Va. “Moving a vessel of this size off the beach is a complicated and dynamic operation, requiring close coordination of multiple stakeholders,”...

Coast Guard warns boaters of extreme cold water even with warmer air temperatures

Coast Guard warns boaters of extreme cold water even with warmer air temperatures
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Coast Guard is warning boaters looking to get out on Lake Ontario and eastern Lake Erie this weekend that the water temperatures in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are still dangerously cold. The National Weather Service reports that the water temperatures in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are just above freezing, 32 F and 38 F respectively. The cold water has already claimed the...

Coast Guard, locals responding to collision, ships dragging anchor, grounding in lower Chesapeake Bay

Coast Guard, locals responding to collision, ships dragging anchor, grounding in lower Chesapeake Bay
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is working with local response agencies and the Virginia and Maryland Pilots after receiving a report of a collision between two ships in the Thimble Shoal Channel and are responding to several subsequent reports of ships dragging anchor in the lower Chesapeake Bay. The 79-foot rig vessel, Petite, and the 1065-foot container ship, MSC Charleston, reportedly collided...

Coast Guard urges mariners to use caution in high winds, seas

Coast Guard urges mariners to use caution in high winds, seas
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard urges mariners to use caution on the water while high winds and surf pass through the Hawaiian Islands, Monday and Tuesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a high surf warning for east facing shores and a small craft advisory for all coastal waters. Winds can be very unpredictable and strong through island passes and channels. The Coast Guard...

Coast Guard advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeks comments on maritime safety training requirements

Coast Guard advance notice of proposed rulemaking seeks comments on maritime safety training requirements
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard Monday announced the publication of an advance notice of proposed rulemaking involving the possible expansion of its maritime safety training requirements to cover all persons other than crew working on offshore supply vessels and mobile offshore units. These vessels are defined as the OSVs and MOUs engaged in activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, regardless...

Coast Guard establishes Safety Zone in Flamenco Bay in Culebra, Puerto Rico for War World II explosive detonation

Coast Guard establishes Safety Zone in Flamenco Bay in Culebra, Puerto Rico for War World II explosive detonation
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The U.S. Coast Guard has established a Safety Zone Regulation surrounding the waters of Flamenco Bay in Culebra, Puerto Rico from 9a.m. to 12p.m. Sunday in anticipation of the underwater detonation of a War World II explosive. Persons and vessels are prohibited from transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the Safety Zone unless authorized by the Captain of the...