Coast Guard proposes changes to navigational aid near Cape Kiwanda, Ore.

Coast Guard proposes changes to navigational aid near Cape Kiwanda, Ore.
SEATTLE – The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to make a change to the Aids to Navigation system off Cape Kiwanda near Haystack Rock, Ore., and is seeking public comment. The proposed change is to the sound signal on Cape Kiwanda Bell Buoy, LLNR 665, from a bell to a whistle.  A whistle is more consistent and reliable than a bell, and is easier to maintain due to its durability in an offshore...

Repeat vandalism to navigational aid prompts Coast Guard reminder, warning

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Prompted by reoccurring and costly vandalism to a navigational aid in Johns Island, S.C., the Coast Guard is reminding the public of the dangers and implications of deliberate damage to federal aids to navigation. Stono Light 39, a navigational light on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway west of Limehouse Bridge, was discovered March 13, 2014, vandalized by gunfire for the third...

Coast Guard proposes changes to Shilshole Bay entrance ATON in Puget Sound

Coast Guard proposes changes to Shilshole Bay entrance ATON in Puget Sound
SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to make multiple changes to the Aids to Navigation system at the entrance to Shilshole Bay in Puget Sound. The proposed changes include disestablishing Shilshole Bay Approach Lighted Buoy “S” (18110), lighting Shilshole Bay Entrance Buoys 1 (LLNR 18125) and 2 (LLNR 18130), changing the light characteristic of Shilshole Bay Breakwater Light 3 (LLNR...

Operation Fall Retrieve nearly finished as 2013/2014 ice-breaking season begins

Operation Fall Retrieve nearly finished as 2013/2014 ice-breaking season begins
CLEVELAND — As the Coast Guard 9th District’s Operation Fall Retrieve approaches completion throughout the Great Lakes, the agency, in partnership with Canadian and commercial entities, has begun ice-breaking operations as part of Operation Taconite in the western Great Lakes — lakes Superior and Michigan, the St. Marys River, the Straits of Mackinac, and northern Lake Huron. Operation Fall...

Coast Guard’s Operation Fall Retrieve in full swing

Coast Guard's Operation Fall Retrieve in full swing
CLEVELAND — Units from around the Coast Guard 9th District continue work on their annual retrieval of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System seasonal aids to navigation, the largest domestic ATON recovery operation in the U.S. Operation Fall Retrieve, which affects lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons, began in mid October with a goal of retrieving 1,278 navigational aids. The operation...

Lighting the Islands

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa E. McKenzie Sometimes the only saving grace for mariners at sea is a single beacon of light emanating from the shore, a signal that has changed over time and continues to transform as technology evolves. From coastal bonfires of earlier times to energy-efficient bulbs of today, light has always served as an onshore beacon guiding ships to safety and...

Coast Guard, Navy remove buoy from Chic’s Beach, Va.

Coast Guard, Navy remove buoy from Chic's Beach, Va.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and the Navy removed two buoys from the Chic’s Beach and Oceanview areas of Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Tuesday. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew worked with Navy sailors from Amphibious Construction Battalion 2, Beachmaster Unit 2, and Naval Beach Group 2 out of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek to remove two washed-ashore buoys from Chic’s...

Coast Guard and Navy to remove buoys from Chic’s Beach Tuesday morning

Coast Guard and Navy to remove buoys from Chic's Beach Tuesday morning
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and the Navy are scheduled to remove two buoys from the Chic’s Beach and Oceanview areas of Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Tuesday. The buoy removal at Chic’s Beach is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and the removal at Oceanview is scheduled to follow. The buoys washed ashore during recent storms that passed through Hampton Roads. Navy assets from Joint Expeditionary...

Coast Guard, Navy to remove buoys from Oceanview, Chick’s Beach shorelines

Coast Guard, Navy to remove buoys from Oceanview, Chick's Beach shorelines
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard and the Navy are scheduled to remove two buoys from the Oceanview and Chick’s Beach areas of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Tuesday. The buoys washed ashore during the recent storms that passed through the Hampton Roads region. Navy assets from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek will tow the buoys off the beach and into the Chesapeake Bay, where a crew aboard...