Coast Guard briefly closes Houston Ship Channel, continues to restrict barge traffic

Coast Guard briefly closes Houston Ship Channel, continues to restrict barge traffic
HOUSTON — Flood levels and record setting water current coming from the San Jacinto River caused a closure of the Houston Ship Channel after 12 barges broke free Sunday. The Houston Ship Channel was closed to all traffic from light 111 to light 128 from 8:49 a.m. to 1:06 p.m. and was then open to ships, but restricted for barge traffic. At 3:45 p.m., the earlier restriction was lifted and barges...

Grounded cruise ship refloated in Boston Harbor

Grounded cruise ship refloated in Boston Harbor
BOSTON — The Majesty, a 113-foot Boston Harbor Cruise ship, was safely refloated Sunday morning after it had run aground near Georges Island Saturday night. At approximately 3:30 a.m., during high tide, a small crew aboard the Majesty was able to restore power and safely move the ship. The plan was approved and supervised by Coast Guard Sector Boston. The commercial salvage vessel Gateway Endeavor...

Motor Vessel Roger Blough remains aground in Lake Superior

Motor Vessel Roger Blough remains aground in Lake Superior
SAULT STE MARIE, Michigan  — Coast Guard crews continue to respond, Saturday, to the motor vessel Roger Blough that ran aground Friday in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior. Throughout the night, U.S. Coast Guard boat crews conducted hourly exterior draft readings of the vessel while the crew of the Roger Blough also conducted interior soundings to the tanks each hour through the evening. Based on...

Coast Guard responding to grounded freighter in Whitefish Bay

Coast Guard responding to grounded freighter in Whitefish Bay
SAULT STE MARIE, Michigan — Coast Guard crews continue to respond to a grounded freighter in Whitefish Bay in Lake Superior. The motor vessel Roger Blough, an 833 ft U.S. Cargo vessel, has run aground in the vicinity of Gros Cap Reef in Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior with reports of flooding. All crew members are reported safe with no injuries. Crew reports no sign of pollution in the water. Responding...

Coast Guard warns of potentially hazardous offshore weather

Coast Guard warns of potentially hazardous offshore weather
SAN FRANCISCO – The Coast Guard reminds boaters to exercise caution and safe boating within the waters of Northern California this Memorial Day weekend. A small craft advisory and rough bar advisory are in effect for the offshore waters near San Francisco and Monterey Bay until Saturday morning.  The National Weather Service defines a small craft advisory as wind speeds of 21-to-33 knots that...

Coast Guard issues $5,000 fine for rail jumping

Coast Guard issues $5,000 fine for rail jumping
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard issued a $5,000 fine to a passenger who jumped overboard into San Francisco Bay from a tour boat May 7. The passenger allegedly jumped off the vessel after becoming distraught over an argument with her boyfriend. The vessel’s crew safely recovered the jumper, who was not injured. This is the second “rail jumping” incident in the Bay Area within a 12-month...

What to expect during a Coast Guard boarding

What to expect during a Coast Guard boarding
CLEVELAND — During National Safe Boating Week 2016, the Coast Guard is reminding all boaters they are subject to Coast Guard boardings and should understand the process so they will be prepared if they are boarded while underway. The Coast Guard may board any vessel, including kayaks, canoes, and personal watercraft, at any time to ensure the safety of those aboard and others nearby. “One of the...

Coast Guard recommends boating safety course

Coast Guard recommends boating safety course
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard recommends boaters take a boating safety course to increase their knowledge and skills during National Safe Boating Week. Courses cover many aspects of boating safety, from boat handling to reading the weather, and from a “Water ‘N Kids” class to courses for boaters who want to learn electronic navigation skills. The most popular basic courses generally...

Coast Guard urges boaters to use float plans

Coast Guard urges boaters to use float plans
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard urges all boaters to file a float plan with family or friends during National Safe Boating Week and the boating season. A float plan, similar to a life jacket, is a life-saving device on paper, which can make a difference in rescue and response time in the event of an emergency. Before boaters embark, they should leave detailed information about their trip with a family...