Coast Guard announces rebuilding of Ewing Island Reef Danger Daybeacon

Coast Guard announces rebuilding of Ewing Island Reef Danger Daybeacon
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard will commence the reconstruction of Ewing Island Reef Danger Daybeacon during the month of April. The structure will be built by the Coast Guard near the southeastern edge of the reef, offshore of Sucia Island in the San Juan Islands and will replace the floating aid to navigation known as the Ewing Island Reef Danger Buoy. The new structure will display a diamond shaped...

Coast Guard announces changes to Drayton Harbor, Wash., aids to navigation

Coast Guard announces changes to Drayton Harbor, Wash., aids to navigation
SEATTLE — Coast Guard aids to navigation crews are scheduled to place a new floating aid to navigation in the entrance to Drayton Harbor near Blaine to mark the shoal water on the west side of the entrance, the week of Feb. 23. The aid will be an unlighted red nun buoy, numbered “6” and assigned Light List number 19927. Blaine Small Boat Harbor Light 2, LLNR 19930, will be renumbered...

Coast Guard buoy deck supervisor: BDS small title, large responsibility

Coast Guard buoy deck supervisor: BDS small title, large responsibility
The 24-year old’s black bun is tightly wound underneath a grimy yellow hard hat. Her meticulous French-tipped nails are hidden by mechanics gloves. She raises her arm and signals the crane operator to raise the chain from the bottom of Florida’s Tampa Bay. For hours, she yells, with conviction, over the howling wind and directs her shipmates to move heavy chain, scrape buoys, hammer shackles,...

Coast Guard cautions boaters of unsafe reef lights in Florida Keys

Coast Guard cautions boaters of unsafe reef lights in Florida Keys
MIAMI — The Coast Guard is directing mariners to not climb historical reef lights in the Florida Keys due to their deterioration and unsound structural integrity. These lights include:  Alligator Reef Light  American Shoal Reef Light  Carysfort Reef Light  Sand Key Reef Light  Sombrero Key Reef Light While these structures are not at risk of collapsing, they have been determined to be unsafe...

Coast Guard to clean, paint, repair lighthouse near Cheboygan

 Coast Guard to clean, paint, repair lighthouse near Cheboygan
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Coast Guard is proposing to conduct repairs on an active aid to navigation located near Cheboygan, Michigan, and is inviting the public to comment on the undertaking. The ATON is the 14-foot Shoal Light, located in a narrow strait between Bois Blanc Island and Cheboygan. Coast Guard crewmembers will conduct work that includes: repairing or replacing hinges on warped...

Coast Guard Proposes Changes to Government Cut Range Front Light in Biscayne Bay, Fla.

Coast Guard Proposes Changes to Government Cut Range Front Light in Biscayne Bay, Fla.
MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to make multiple changes to the Government Cut Range Front Light (GCF-E), also known locally as Bent Light in Biscayne Bay, Florida. U.S. Coast Guard officials are considering a proposal to transfer the aid to navigation (ATON) to Miami-Dade County, as a private ATON and are seeking comments from the public on the proposed action. The comments gathered will...

Keeping mariners safe on the Northwest’s high desert

Keeping mariners safe on the Northwest's high desert
Story and photos by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley. Imagine being recently out of basic training and new to a unit. Its early morning and you find yourself harnessed in cliffside conducting maintenance on a navigational aid when you are greeted by the sound of hundreds of small leathery wings. For Fireman Abby Hamann that experience defined her first visit to the Snake River. “I was up on this...

Coast Guard conducts waterways analysis study of Grays Harbor, seeks public comment

Coast Guard conducts waterways analysis study of Grays Harbor, seeks public comment
SEATTLE — Coast Guard officials are seeking public comment while conducting a waterways analysis and management system review of Grays Harbor. Officials are seeking information from local mariners regarding the general use of the waterways and any issues with the visibility, placement or location of aids to navigation in that area before the comment deadline of Jan. 31, 2015. This WAMS is the second...

Coast Guard saves money, time by making new channel

Coast Guard saves money, time by making new channel
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard helped establish Crewboat Cut as a new federal channel in the Atchafalaya River near Morgan City, Wednesday. Coast Guardsmen with Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Morgan City and Coast Guard Cutter Axe constructed new channel markers in the waterway. The new waterway is intended to be safer for mariners, and will shorten travel time.