Coast Guard sets expanded slow speed zone for Biscayne Bay during Fourth of July fireworks period

Coast Guard sets expanded slow speed zone for Biscayne Bay during Fourth of July fireworks period
MIAMI – The Coast Guard has announced an expanded regulated navigation area, for Biscayne Bay during fireworks displays, in the downtown Miami and Key Biscayne areas this Fourth of July. A 15-knot speed limit will be in effect from Turkey Point north to the Julia Tuttle Causeway and from Elliot Key west to the shoreline.  The speed restriction will be enforced from 7 p.m. until 11:59 p.m. the July...

Coast Guard responds to allision between tanker and 3 moored sailboats

Coast Guard responds to allision between tanker and 3 moored sailboats
BOSTON — The Coast Guard is responding to a allision involving a 477-foot oil tanker and three unmanned sailboats Wednesday afternoon near the mouth of the Piscataqua River, near Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine. No injuries or pollution have been reported. At approximately 4 p.m. Coast Guard watchstanders were notified of the allision involving the tanker Chem Venus and the sailboats. All...

Great Lakes Coast Guard has busy weekend, stresses boating safety

Great Lakes Coast Guard has busy weekend, stresses boating safety
CLEVELAND – Coast Guard crews across the Great lakes had a busy Operation Dry Water weekend, responding to more than 100 cases of mariners in distress, rescuing seven, assisting 133 and removing from the water 6 operators who were boating under the influence. With the longer Fourth of July weekend coming up, the Coast Guard stresses the importance of boating safe and sober. “Along with alcohol...

Coast Guard closes Red River due to barge aground

Coast Guard closes Red River due to barge aground
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard has closed the Red River from mile marker 40 to mile marker 42, Sunday. A barge reportedly ran aground and is protruding into the channel near mile marker 41. The river is closed to all vessels and any request to transit the river prior to re-opening should be directed to Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River on VHF-FM Channel 16. The Red River Express is en route...

Coast Guard to take part in Operation Dry Water

Coast Guard to take part in Operation Dry Water
NEW YORK – Coast Guard and local law enforcement officers are scheduled to participate in Operation Dry Water, Friday through Sunday, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence. During the operation, Coast Guard boarding teams and law enforcement officers in the tri-state area will focus on detecting impaired boaters...

Coast Guard intervenes in dangerous vessel traffic in Puget Sound

Coast Guard intervenes in dangerous vessel traffic in Puget Sound
SEATTLE — Coast Guard vessel traffic system personnel intervened in the transit of three vessels on course to run aground or at risk of collision in Puget Sound this week. The members of Coast Guard Vessel Traffic System Puget Sound used unconventional means to contact two of the vessels after VTS personnel were unable to reach them by mandated communication channels, and helped troubleshoot a GPS...

Coast Guard announces new towing vessel regulations, Subchapter M

Coast Guard announces new towing vessel regulations, Subchapter M
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday new towing vessel regulations establishing new requirements for the design, construction, onboard equipment and operation of towing vessels. These regulations, which were developed over time with input from the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) and the towing vessel industry, will be incorporated into Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations...

Coast Guard to establish temporary regulated area for annual Ocean City, Md., air show

Coast Guard to establish temporary regulated area for annual Ocean City, Md., air show
BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard is scheduled to establish a temporary regulated area Thursday through Sunday off Ocean City for an annual air show. The regulated area will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The regulated area will be from Talbot Street to 33rd Street, extending out approximately 500 yards and will be marked with yellow buoys. Buoys marking the boundary zone for Coast Guard...

Bellevue man arrested for boating while under the influence on Elliot Bay, Wash.

Bellevue man arrested for boating while under the influence on Elliot Bay, Wash.
SEATTLE – A Coast Guard Station Seattle boatcrew assisted Bainbridge Island Police officers in the arrest of a Bellevue man for boating while under the influence in Elliot Bay Sunday night. The Station Seattle crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat Medium was able to make contact with the impaired boat driver and tow his vessel to Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island where he failed a field sobriety test...