Judge issues ruling for the Coast Guard and suspends local Captain’s Merchant Mariner Credential

Judge issues ruling for the Coast Guard and suspends local Captain’s Merchant Mariner Credential
USCG File Photo PORTLAND, Ore. — An administrative law judge decided that U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland proved its case against the captain of the Portland Spirit and suspended his Merchant Mariner Credentials Tuesday, in response to an incident that occurred on the Columbia River, Aug. 1, 2015. Lowell Gillespie Jr. was found to have violated Rule 8 of the Inland Rules of Navigation,...

Detained vessel departs Baltimore after successful Coast Guard inspection

Detained vessel departs Baltimore after successful Coast Guard inspection
The Asphalt Trader, formerly known as Newlead Granadino, moored in Baltimore, July 26, 2017. The ship was detained for the last 10 months and was cleared to leave the Port of Baltimore Aug. 5, 2017. BALTIMORE — The 367-ft. Asphalt Trader departed Baltimore Saturday after it was detained for numerous safety discrepancies found during compliance inspections in 2016 and 2017. A three-person examination...

Coast Guard reminds boaters Let’s Ride Alaska Act not applicable to passenger vessels

Coast Guard reminds boaters Let’s Ride Alaska Act not applicable to passenger vessels
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard is reminding Alaska boaters that Alaska House Bill 132, otherwise known as the Let’s Ride Alaska Act, that brings ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to Alaska roadways, does not pertain to navigable waters of Alaska. Despite the bill’s concessions for allowing ridesharing services to operate within Alaska, boat owners are not permitted to provide charter...

Kamokuna Lava Delta Safety Zone Update in vicinity of Kilauea lava flow into Pacific Ocean

Kamokuna Lava Delta Safety Zone Update in vicinity of Kilauea lava flow into Pacific Ocean
Image courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey. HONOLULU — The Coast Guard continues to enforce the temporary Kamokuna Lava Delta Safety Zone for the navigable waters surrounding the Kilauea Volcano active lava flow entry into the Pacific Ocean on the southeast side of the Big Island, Hawai’i. According to the U.S. Geologic Survey, several large cracks have developed in the lava delta, running parallel...

Coast Guard establishes safety zone on Upper Mississippi River

Coast Guard establishes safety zone on Upper Mississippi River
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has established a safety zone closing the Upper Mississippi River between mile marker 722.5 to mile marker 723.5 near Winona, Minnesota, Thursday. The closure is a result of shoaling in the area. The Coast Guard will reopen the channel to traffic after the Army Corps of Engineers dredges and conducts surveys to ensure adquate depths. “This closure is necessary to ensure...

Coast Guard enforces safety zone for 92nd Annual Pony Swim on Chincoteague Island, VA

Coast Guard enforces safety zone for 92nd Annual Pony Swim on Chincoteague Island, VA
A herd of wild ponies crosses Assateague Channel during the 92nd Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim on Chincoteague Island, Virginia, July 26, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki) CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. — The Coast Guard enforced a safety zone for the 92nd Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim in Assateague Channel Wednesday. Two 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat...

Coast Guard investigates boating collision in La Parguera, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard investigates boating collision in La Parguera, Puerto Rico
The commercial passenger vessel La Nena II following a boat collision with a recreational vessel Tuesday night just off La Parguera in Lajas, Puerto Rico.  SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a collision between a recreational boat and a commercial passenger vessel that occurred Tuesday night just off “Isla Magueyes” in Lajas, Puerto Rico. Watchstanders at Coast Guard...

Coast Guard urges caution by boaters transiting under the closed Kalan Railroad Bridge

Coast Guard urges caution by boaters transiting under the closed Kalan Railroad Bridge
Pictured is the Kalan Railroad Bridge, which remained in the down position after suffering equipment failure, July 19, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard photo. KENNEWICK — The Coast Guard urges boaters to remain cautious when transiting under the Kalan Railroad Bridge, which has remained in the down position after suffering equipment failure Wednesday. The Union Pacific Railroad (UPPR) Company reported...

Coast Guard monitors Kalan Railroad Bridge repairs

Coast Guard monitors Kalan Railroad Bridge repairs
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard 13th District Waterways Management Branch is monitoring the Union Pacific Railroad (UPPR) Company as they work to repair the Kalan Railroad Bridge after it suffered significant equipment failure Wednesday. The bridge was reported to the Coast Guard Wednesday afternoon and is now creating a maritime impact to several commercial vessels on the river. After the bridge became...