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...

Coast Guard warns northern Lake Michigan residents of unstable ice after 5 people rescued out of icy water

Coast Guard warns northern Lake Michigan residents of unstable ice after 5 people rescued out of icy water
CLEVELAND — Five people were rescued by the Door County, Wis., Sheriff’s Department out of the icy waters near Sturgeon Bay, Wis., Thursday afternoon, and the Coast Guard is warning people that warming temperatures are creating ice conditions that are increasingly dangerous. The five people were rescued after they unexpectedly fell through the ice about 300 yards off the shore. The Coast Guard...

Second barge runs aground near Long Boat Key, Fla.

Second barge runs aground near Long Boat Key, Fla.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Coast Guard crews are responding to a second grounded barge near Long Boat Key, Fla., from a tugboat that was beset by heavy weather Tuesday. Due to deteriorating weather, the barge spuds were unable to keep the 140-foot barge from drifting to the beach. Incident management personnel from Coast Guard  Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., are on scene overseeing the operation....

180-foot barge runs aground near Anna Maria Island, Fla.

180-foot barge runs aground near Anna Maria Island, Fla.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A 180-foot barge ran aground on Anna Maria Island after breaking free from a tug boat early Tuesday morning. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received notification at 2 a.m., Tuesday, that the operator of tug Abe H was having difficulty steering due to weather and was unable to control the two barges he was pushing approximately one mile west off of Longboat...

Near fatality highlights hidden dangers in season

Near fatality highlights hidden dangers in season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A rower, whose single-person scull capsized in Southport Channel, was rescued by a good samaritan, April 2, 2014. The survivor was brought ashore unconscious and suffering from severe hypothermia. The subject was treated by members of the Southport Fire Department, in Southport, Conn., and eventually regained consciousness. “It has been a long winter and it’s finally...

Coast Guard reopens Mobile Ship Channel

Coast Guard reopens Mobile Ship Channel
MOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard reopened the Mobile Ship Channel to all deep-draft commercial vessel traffic at approximately 5 p.m. Monday. The Coast Guard restricted vessel traffic at about 3 a.m. Monday, after the container vessel MSC KYOTO grounded outside the channel. MSC KYOTO’s owner contracted the towing vessels Hawk and Escambia to assist in freeing the vessel. In combination with...