Coast Guard urges caution, preparedness during change of season

Coast Guard urges caution, preparedness during change of season
NEW YORK -With Spring officially here and air temperatures rising, the Coast Guard is urging mariners, paddle boarders, and water enthusiasts to use caution when returning to the water. Every year the Coast Guard responds to cold water accidents resulting in the untimely deaths of unsuspecting boaters. “It was a harsh winter and everyone is looking forward to getting back on the water,”...

Coast Guard marine safety personnel detain, release two vessels in Dutch Harbor, Alaska,

Coast Guard marine safety personnel detain, release two vessels in Dutch Harbor, Alaska,
DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska — The Captain of the Port, Western Alaska, detained and released two vessels in February and March. The Liberia-flagged container ship Hansa Madgeburg was detained February 20 and the Panama-flagged refrigerated cargo ship Suah was detained March 3 after the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) Dutch Harbor personnel identified multiple detainable deficiencies. Coast...

Warming temperatures, high number of ice-related emergencies prompt Coast Guard warning

Warming temperatures, high number of ice-related emergencies prompt Coast Guard warning
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Vandenberg conducts ice thickness sampling in Lake Superior near Whitefish Point, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex Major) CLEVELAND — Due to a high number of ice rescue cases this year, the Coast Guard is urging people to stay away from and off of ice, and to remain at a safe distance from ice formations. The...

Coast Guard announces requirements for uninspected passenger vessels in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Coast Guard announces requirements for uninspected passenger vessels in the U.S. Virgin Islands
SAINT THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Coast Guard Sector San Juan announced Friday newly published requirements for uninspected passenger vessel operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Coast Guard published Marine Safety and Security Information Bulletin 03-15 on March 2 notifying the maritime community of the new compliance requirements for uninspected passenger vessels to transport up to 12 passengers...

Coast Guard responds to Ohio River towing vessel sinking

Coast Guard responds to Ohio River towing vessel sinking
GOLCONDA, Ill. — The Coast Guard is responding to the sinking of a towing vessel on the Ohio River near Golconda, Illinois, Wednesday. Coast Guard Sector Ohio River Valley watchstanders were notified the towing vessel David Dunnigan sank while working near mile marker 897.5, at approximately 8 p.m. The David Dunnigan reportedly capsized, sank and drifted down river.  The exact location of the sunken...

Mariners urged to follow safety regulations as Ft. Pierce Inlet salvage operations continue

Mariners urged to follow safety regulations as Ft. Pierce Inlet salvage operations continue
MIAMI — The Coast Guard is reminding mariners in the Fort Pierce Inlet area of temporary waterway restrictions to ensure the safety of crews conducting salvage operations for a barge that sank in late February. A safety zone has been established round the sunken barge at the entrance of Fort Pierce Inlet at position 27-28’20”N, 080-17’13”W. Salvage operations are scheduled to continually...

Tampa Bay area Coast Guard has a busy weekend, reminds boaters to have proper safety equipment

Tampa Bay area Coast Guard has a busy weekend, reminds boaters to have proper safety equipment
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. C. T. O’Neil) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. —The Coast Guard wants to remind mariners to have the proper safety equipment aboard their boats after a busy weekend in the Tampa Bay area. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg responded to 12 search and rescue calls over the weekend. The majority of the boaters did not have the proper safety equipment aboard...

Coast Guard warning people to remain away from quickly melting ice, formations

Coast Guard warning people to remain away from quickly melting ice, formations
MUSKEGON, Mich., — The Coast Guard is urging people to stay away and off of ice, and to remain at a safe distance from ice formations, especially the ice caves that have formed along Lake Michigan in Muskegon. The Coast Guard is also urging people to remain clear of shorelines, piers, jetties, rocks, walkways and jogging paths that may have become covered in layers of ice. The above freezing-temperatures...

Captain of the Port sets waterway restrictions on upper Chesapeake Bay due to ice

Captain of the Port sets waterway restrictions on upper Chesapeake Bay due to ice
BALTIMORE — Recreational boat traffic is temporarily restricted in part of the upper Chesapeake Bay Friday due to dangers associated with icing conditions. Transit through the restricted area is open only to boats with steel hulls. The restrictions are designed to prevent mishaps during periods of heavy icing conditions. Steel-hulled ships may transit through the upper Chesapeake Bay within an...