Coast Guard shuts down illegal charter at Fisherman’s Terminal

Coast Guard shuts down illegal charter at Fisherman’s Terminal
SEATTLE — Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound personnel prevented a vessel from operating illegally with more than 6 passengers for hire and potentially eliminated an unsafe condition yesterday evening. The vessel Longhorn, an uninspected vessel moored at Fisherman’s Terminal in Ballard, is limited to carrying only six passengers for hire and intended to get underway with 19 passengers for hire and...

Coast Guard to conduct dockside fishing vessel exams for Bristol Bay, Alaska

Coast Guard to conduct dockside fishing vessel exams for Bristol Bay, Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard will offer courtesy dockside examinations of commercial fishing vessels in Bristol Bay in anticipation of the 2017 Bristol Bay salmon fishery season that begins Saturday. The Coast Guard anticipates sending examiners to the following locations for public outreach and to encourage dockside exam participation: King Salmon: June 12-23 Dillingham: June 14-21 Egegik:...

Coast Guard highlights safety zones and restricted vessel moorings on Cuyahoga and Old Rivers

Coast Guard highlights safety zones and restricted vessel moorings on Cuyahoga and Old Rivers
Safety zones along the Cuyahoga and Old Rivers are highlighted where vessels are restricted from mooring. The 11 federal safety zones are located in areas that are dangerous to smaller vessels when commercial vessels are transiting. (U.S. Coast Guard graphic) CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard highlighted safety zones located on the Cuyahoga and Old Rivers near downtown Cleveland where vessels are restricted...

Stakeholders launch Aleutian Islands Waterways Safety Committee Workgroup

Stakeholders launch Aleutian Islands Waterways Safety Committee Workgroup
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Residents of Western Alaska have taken the next steps to establish an Aleutian Islands Waterways Safety Committee after a public meeting in Unalaska April 26. The committee will convene diverse waterway users to discuss and recommend safe navigational practices that complement existing regulatory requirements. “The waterways safety committee will provide a valuable and on-going...

Coast Guard releases 2016 Recreational Boating Statistics report

Coast Guard releases 2016 Recreational Boating Statistics report
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2016 Recreational Boating Statistics Wednesday, revealing that boating fatalities nationwide that year totaled 701, the highest number of yearly boating fatalities on record in the last five years. From 2015 to 2016, deaths increased 12 percent from 626 to 701, injuries increased 11.1 percent from 2,613 to 2,903, and the total number of accidents...

Coast Guard upgrades to Rescue 21 on Ohio River and Mississippi tributaries

Coast Guard upgrades to Rescue 21 on Ohio River and Mississippi tributaries
LOUISVILLE, KY – The Coast Guard upgraded its very high frequency radio communications equipment in Louisville, Kentucky, Wednesday. Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley changed its VHF communications from an obsolete analog system to a digital system called Rescue 21 to improve the quality of radio communications between the Coast Guard and mariners on the Ohio River and tributaries of the Mississippi...

Coast Guard to establish safety zone for Miami Beach Air and Sea Show

Coast Guard to establish safety zone for Miami Beach Air and Sea Show
The safety zone for the Miami Beach Air and Sea Show. No vessel or person will be permitted to enter t U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Sector Miami MIAMI – The Coast Guard is scheduled to establish a safety zone during Memorial Day weekend for the 2017 Miami Beach Air and Sea Show. The safety zone is scheduled to begin Friday at 8:30 a.m. until Sunday at 5 p.m., while aircraft and...

Coast Guard Partners with Local State Agencies to Urge Boating Safety

Coast Guard Partners with Local State Agencies to Urge Boating Safety
NEW YORK – Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound is partnering with law enforcement agencies from Connecticut and New York State to combat recreational boating fatalities this summer. On May 20, 2017, a new safe boating campaign was started to help to target at risk segments of the boating population. This new operation is entitled Operation Wild Water. Coast Guard teams comprised of active duty,...

Coast Guard asks public to mark barrels used to secure personal docks and piers

Coast Guard asks public to mark barrels used to secure personal docks and piers
Blue and white barrels are used by homeowners and businesses along Lake Ontario to secure and mark their piers and docks after Spring 2017 weather events caused elevated water levels.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Coast Guard is requesting that members of the public who are using barrels and drums in order to weigh down piers and docks, to place a large, red “X” on those objects...