Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw delivers Christmas trees, works buoys for Operation Fall Retrieve

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw delivers Christmas trees, works buoys for Operation Fall Retrieve
Seaman Jared S. Medina officially delivers the Christmas trees on behalf of U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw during a ceremony Dec. 3, 2016 at Navy Pier in Chicago. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of USCGC Mackinaw CHICAGO — The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw returned to Chicago, Dec. 3, 2016,  as this year’s “Christmas Ship” loaded with 1,200 Christmas trees. Each year, the Coast Guard partners...

Coast Guard issues first US type-approval certificate for ballast water management

Coast Guard issues first US type-approval certificate for ballast water management
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard issued the first U.S. type-approval certificate for a ballast water management system Friday. The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the certificate to Optimarin after its application for U.S. type approval was reviewed and determined to meet the requirements of the Coast Guard’s type approval requirements contained in 46 C.F.R. § 162.060. While this...

Coast Guard responds to sunken vessel in Westport, Wash

Coast Guard responds to sunken vessel in Westport, Wash
Washington State Department of Ecology personnel deploy boom around the 41-foot vessel Charlotte after it sunk at the Westport Marina in Westport, Wash., Nov. 25, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of  Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. WESTPORT, Wash. — Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology crews responded to a 41-foot vessel that sank at the Westport Marina, Friday. Coast...

Coast Guard monitors pollution assessment of sunken landing craft near Rio Vista

Coast Guard monitors pollution assessment of sunken landing craft near Rio Vista
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard and partner agencies are monitoring the salvage operations of a WWII-era landing craft that sank in the Sacramento River near Rio Vista Tuesday. Boaters aboard the 70-foot landing craft, which had a water truck aboard, contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center watchstanders at approximately 11:30 a.m., reporting that they were in distress. Sector...

Whales spotted in NY Harbor, Coast Guard reminds boaters to slow down and stay alert

Whales spotted in NY Harbor, Coast Guard reminds boaters to slow down and stay alert
NEW YORK – The Coast Guard is urging mariners in New York Harbor to exercise caution by slowing down to a safe speed and keeping a sharp lookout due to the continued presence of one or more humpback whales in the area. One or more humpbacks are believed to be in the harbor with one in particular frequenting the waters of the Hudson River near Liberty Island and traveling as far north as the George...

Coast Guard monitoring transit of motor vessel after grounding near Skamokawa, Wash.

Coast Guard monitoring transit of motor vessel after grounding near Skamokawa, Wash.
WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard is monitoring the transit of a motor vessel that ran aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington, but was refloated, inspected and given a captain of the port order to transit to Kalama, Saturday morning. There was no report of pollution or injuries stemming from the grounding of the Nenita, a 738-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier fully laden...

Coast Guard prepares for bay of Green Bay ice breaking operations

Coast Guard prepares for bay of Green Bay ice breaking operations
MILWAUKEE — In January 2017 the U.S. Coast Guard will commence ice breaking operations in the bay of Green Bay to ensure the safe navigation and overall safe transport of economically-significant commercial shipments. In support of the Port of Green Bay, the Coast Guard will establish and maintain tracks through the ice from Rock Island Passage to the Fox River. The tracks through the ice will extend...

Coast Guard responds to sunken fishing vessel in Sitka Sound, Alaska

Coast Guard responds to sunken fishing vessel in Sitka Sound, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard is responding to a fishing vessel that partially sank Thursday with diesel fuel onboard in Sitka Sound. The owner of the fishing vessel Sandra L reported Friday that there is a visible sheen and has deployed absorbent boom. The tanks onboard have approximately 50 gallons of diesel fuel with a potential maximum total of 600 gallons. The owner is in the process of...

Tuna vessel operator convicted for oil discharges off American Samoa

Tuna vessel operator convicted for oil discharges off American Samoa
HONOLULU — An American tuna fishing company that regularly unloaded its catch in American Samoa, was convicted and sentenced Thursday for discharging oil into the South Pacific and for maintaining false records, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips for the District of...