Coast Guard advising mariners, boaters of shallow water in Charlotte Harbor, Fla.

Coast Guard advising mariners, boaters of shallow water in Charlotte Harbor, Fla.
The U.S. Coast Guard is advising mariners of changes to the Aids to Navigation system in Boca Grande Channel in Charlotte Harbor, Florida, starting Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. The Coast Guard must redesign the aids to navigation system in the Boca Grande Channel, offshore of Charlotte County due to significant shoaling and changing water depths; the floating aids to navigation currently in place do not...

Coast Guard urges Northeast fishermen to heed caution in extreme cold, wind chills

Coast Guard urges Northeast fishermen to heed caution in extreme cold, wind chills
BOSTON – The Coast Guard is urging the Massachusetts and Rhode Island fishing fleet to take caution heading into the weekend when life threatening temperatures and wind chills are forecasted. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for 4 p.m. Saturday until noon Sunday for our area. The wind chill temperatures are expected to be 20 to 30 degrees below zero. These wind chill temperatures...

Captain of the port of Baltimore sets ice condition 3

Captain of the port of Baltimore sets ice condition 3
BALTIMORE — The captain of the port for the Port of Baltimore set ice condition three Friday and cautions mariners to be aware of ice formation within the Coast Guard Sector Baltimore COTP zone. Ice condition three is set when weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in navigable waters. Within the Sector Baltimore COTP zone, navigable waters typically affected by early ice formation...

Titans of Mavericks Surf Competition scheduled for Friday

Titans of Mavericks Surf Competition scheduled for Friday
SAN FRANCISCO — The Titans of Mavericks Surf Competition is a one-day “Big Wave” surfing competition scheduled to occur Friday between 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the vicinity of Pillar Point. The competition only occurs when 15-20 foot waves are sustained for over 24-hours. The dynamic nature of breaking surf in the vicinity of the event creates inherent hazards for both participants and...

Coast Guard to inspect storm damaged Royal Caribbean cruise ship upon return to New Jersey

Coast Guard to inspect storm damaged Royal Caribbean cruise ship upon return to New Jersey
NEW YORK – The storm-damaged Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem of the Seas is scheduled to return to New York Harbor Wednesday evening where it will be met by a team of inspectors from Coast Guard Sector New York. Once the vessel’s docked in New Jersey, the Coast Guard team will inspect the vessel to verify the extent of damages and ensure repairs are satisfactorily completed before the ship will...

Coast Guard approves official electronic charts

Coast Guard approves official electronic charts
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard published guidance Feb. 5 that allows mariners to use electronic charts and publications instead of paper charts, maps and publications. The Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, NVIC 01-16 establishes uniform guidance on what is now considered equivalent to chart and publication carriage requirements. Combining the suite of electronic charts from the U.S. hydrographic...

Coast Guard discovers safety violations aboard container ship in Tacoma, Wash.

Coast Guard discovers safety violations aboard container ship in Tacoma, Wash.
SEATTLE — Port State Control officers from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound discovered significant safety violations during an inspection of the 685-foot Liberian-flagged container ship Westwood Robson at the Husky Terminal in the Port of Tacoma, Thursday. The vessel and crew must remain in port until deficiencies have been corrected to the satisfaction of Coast Guard inspectors and the Classification...

Coast Guard removes restrictions on Thimble Shoals Channel near Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Coast Guard removes restrictions on Thimble Shoals Channel near Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard removed transit restrictions Friday on the Thimble Shoals Channel between buoys 1 and 2, and Anchorage C. At 2:02 p.m. Thursday, Fifth District Coast Guard watchstanders were notified a vessel being towed by McAllister Towing of Virginia Inc. and buoy 11 allided. The buoy went missing, resulting in traffic restrictions in the channel for deep-draft vessels. The...

Coast Guard restricts Thimble Shoals Channel due to missing buoy at Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

Coast Guard restricts Thimble Shoals Channel due to missing buoy at Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard placed transit restrictions on the Thimble Shoals Channel Thursday between buoys 1 and 2, and Anchorage C west of Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel after a buoy sank in the channel. Only vessels with a 20-foot draft or less are allowed to transit through the channel. At 4:30 p.m., Fifth District Coast Guard watchstanders were notified a vessel being towed by McAllister...