Coast Guard seeking public comment on Manistee North Pierhead Light solarization

Coast Guard seeking public comment on Manistee North Pierhead Light solarization
CLEVELAND – To facilitate public participation, the Coast Guard is inviting the public to comment on the replacement of the sub-cable with solar panels and an LED lantern in the Manistee North Pierhead Light in Manistee, Michigan. On June 7th, 2013, the sub-cable supplying power to the Manistee North Pierhead Light was destroyed by severe weather, making this a safety concern for all mariners. On...

Coast Guard seeks public comments on lens removal from 3 Great Lakes lighthouses

Coast Guard seeks public comments on lens removal from 3 Great Lakes lighthouses
CLEVELAND – To facilitate public participation, the Coast Guard is inviting the public to comment on the replacement of the Fresnel lens with a LED lantern in three lighthouse on the great lakes. The three lights being considered for changes are: Port Sanilac Light in Port Sanilac, Michigan Plum Island Range Real Light in Plum Island, Wisconsin St. James Light in James Harbor, Michigan The Coast...

Coast Guard testing nation’s first “virtual” Aids to Navigation in San Francisco Bay

Coast Guard testing nation’s first “virtual” Aids to Navigation in San Francisco Bay
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard is now testing 25 electronic aids to navigation (eATON) to augment existing physical aids and mark unique and potentially hazardous navigation features in the San Francisco Bay Area. Commonly referred to as “virtual” buoys, the eATON are being transmitted through the Coast Guard’s Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) for display on ships’ electronic...

Coast Guard proposes disestablishment of Tillamook Bay Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy “T” in Garibaldi, Ore.

Coast Guard proposes disestablishment of Tillamook Bay Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy "T" in Garibaldi, Ore.
SEATTLE — Coast Guard officials have proposed the disestablishment of Tillamook Bay Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy “T” (LLNR 680 – 9810) near Garibaldi, Oregon. The proposal to disestablish the buoy came after a determination was made that the buoy does not mark any specific hazard to mariners, and is not necessary for safe navigation. The entrance to Tillamook Bay is additionally...

Coast Guard cancels disestablishment of lighted whistle buoy in Brookings, Ore.

Coast Guard cancels disestablishment of lighted whistle buoy in Brookings, Ore.
SEATTLE — U.S. Coast Guard officials have determined that it is in the best interest of safe navigation to maintain the Chetco River Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy “CR” (LLNR 565-8595) in Brookings, Oregon. The decision to cancel the planned disestablishment of the buoy was made after officials received input by maritime users regarding additional uses of the buoy. The possibility exists...

Coast Guard completes ‘Operation Spring Restore’

Coast Guard completes 'Operation Spring Restore'
CLEVELAND — Coast Guard aids to navigation teams throughout the Ninth Coast Guard District completed restoring the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway aids to navigation system, Friday, following a late start to the operation due to the extended ice season. Operation Spring Restore involves restoring approximately 1,222 navigational aids, including lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons. Roughly...

Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin to set historic buoy in Patapsco River

Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin to set historic buoy in Patapsco River
BALTIMORE — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin, a 175-foot buoy tender homeported at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, is scheduled to set the historic Francis Scott Key buoy in the Patapsco River Thursday near the Francis Scott Key Bridge. The buoy marks the spot where the ship carrying Francis Scott Key, the author of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was anchored during the...

Coast Guard testing nation’s first “virtual” aids to navigation in San Francisco Bay

Coast Guard testing nation's first "virtual" aids to navigation in San Francisco Bay
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard is now testing 25 electronic aids to navigation (eATON) to augment existing physical aids and mark unique and potentially hazardous navigation features in the San Francisco Bay Area. Commonly referred to as “virtual” buoys, the eATON are being transmitted through the Coast Guard’s Nationwide Automatic Identification System (NAIS) for display on ships’ electronic...

Coast Guard announces renovation plans for Boston Light

BOSTON — The Coast Guard announced plans to commence a $1.1 million project to repair and renovate structures at Boston Light, Saturday. The project, outlined during a public presentation by lighthouse keeper Sally Snowman, is intended to preserve the structural integrity of the lighthouse tower and surrounding buildings and assists in preparing for the light station’s upcoming tricentennial celebrations...