Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin sets historic buoy in Baltimore

Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin sets historic buoy in Baltimore
Crewmembers aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin render a salute after setting the Francis Scott Key buoy in Baltimore, Md., June 6, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala) BALTIMORE — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin, a 175-foot buoy tender homeported in Baltimore, set the historic Francis Scott Key buoy Monday in the Patapsco River near...

Coast Guard to discontinue 166 navigational aids in Virginia Inside Passage

Coast Guard to discontinue 166 navigational aids in Virginia Inside Passage
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to discontinue 166 navigational aids within the Virginia Inside Passage (VIP) due to shoaling and other navigational safety concerns throughout the area. Fixed aids to navigation will be removed as Coast Guard resources permit over the next several years and will be listed under an Advance Notice in future Local Notice to Mariners. The decision follows...

Coast Guard completes all temporary moves of navigation aids in Hawaiian harbors

Coast Guard completes all temporary moves of navigation aids in Hawaiian harbors
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard completed all temporary moves of aids to navigation in four of the main Hawaiian Islands commercial harbors Saturday, assisting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with dredging operations. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ hopper dredge Essayons conducted maintenance dredging in March and April starting in Nawiliwili, and then at Kalaeloa (Barbers Point), Hilo,...

Coast Guard to temporarily move aids in Honolulu Harbor

Coast Guard to temporarily move aids in Honolulu Harbor
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard will begin temporarily moving aids to navigation in Honolulu Harbor Friday to assist the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with planned dredging operations. As previously announced, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ hopper dredge Essayons will conduct maintenance dredging in March and April in Nawiliwili, Kalaeloa (Barbers Point), Hilo, Kahului, and Honolulu harbors. Mariners...

Coast Guard to temporarily move aids near Kahului Harbor

Coast Guard to temporarily move aids near Kahului Harbor
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard will begin temporarily moving aids to navigation in Kahului Harbor, Maui, Wednesday, to assist the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with planned dredging operations. As previously released, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ hopper dredge Essayons will conduct maintenance dredging in March and April starting in Nawiliwili, and then at Kalaeloa (Barbers Point), Hilo,...

Coast Guard to temporarily move navigation aids near Hilo Harbor

Coast Guard to temporarily move navigation aids near Hilo Harbor
The Coast Guard began temporarily moving aids to navigation in Hilo Harbor, Hawai’i, to assist the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with planned dredging operations, March 27, 2016.  Mariners should NOT rely on the aids to navigation that are relocated. (U.S. Coast Guard graphic) HONOLULU — The Coast Guard began temporarily moving aids to navigation in Hilo Harbor, Hawai’i, Sunday, to...

Legacy of Light: World’s largest lens shines Aloha light

Legacy of Light: World’s largest lens shines Aloha light
Makapu’u Lighthouse stands atop the southeastern most point of Oahu, Hawaii. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) Story by Walter Ham HONOLULU – From the Makapu’u Light on Oahu’s southeastern most point, the world’s largest lighthouse lens reflects a beam that can be seen from 19 nautical miles away. The 12-foot-tall and 8-foot-wide Hyper-radiant Fresnel lens takes up more than a quarter of the space...

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...

Beacon of the Bay

Beacon of the Bay
Alcatraz Lighthouse on San Francisco Bay during sunrise, Oct. 22, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Robert Sevon) Story provided by Chief Petty Officer Robert Sevon, officer in charge of Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team San Francisco Whether you are a mariner, photographer, writer or tourist, there is no denying the strong allure of the lighthouse. The lighthouse demands your...