Coast Guard proposes to improve, relocate Marcus Hook Lighthouses on Delaware River

Coast Guard proposes to improve, relocate Marcus Hook Lighthouses on Delaware River
PHILADELPHIA – The Coast Guard proposed on Tuesday, to improve and relocate the Marcus Hook Range Rear Light and Marcus Hook Range Front Light on the Delaware River near Bellefonte, Delaware. The proposed changes are intended to increase navigational safety, enhance light intensity, and provide a more cost-efficient power supply. As part of this project, the Coast Guard would remove the existing...

Coast Guard temporarily discontinues 6 Little Egg Inlet Navigational Aids

Coast Guard temporarily discontinues 6 Little Egg Inlet Navigational Aids
The locations of the six aids to navigation in Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey, which are scheduled to be temporarily discontinued by the Coast Guard, March 6, 2017. Image courtesy of the 5th Coast Guard District. PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard is scheduled to temporarily discontinue six navigational aids in Little Egg Inlet, New Jersey, due to shoaling and other navigational safety concerns, Monday. Heavy...

Coast Guard seeking public comment on removal of lenses at 2 Michigan lighthouses

Coast Guard seeking public comment on removal of lenses at 2 Michigan lighthouses
CLEVELAND — The U. S. Coast Guard is proposing to remove the Fresnel classical lenses from two Michigan lighthouses. The impacted lighthouses are Grand Marais Harbor of Refuge Inner Lighthouse and Frankfort North Breakwater Light. The Fresnel classical lenses will be replaced with modern LED lanterns, which are more dependable and energy efficient. The classical lenses are being removed to preserve...

Joint effort improves Quinby Creek access in Accomack County, Va.

Joint effort improves Quinby Creek access in Accomack County, Va.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Personnel with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Fifth District in Portsmouth and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Norfolk District completed a joint project that dredged and re-marked the Quinby Creek waterway in Accomack County on Wednesday. The USACE-led dredging project, completed by Cottrell Contracting Corporation on January 31, increased the depth of the approximate...

Coast Guard proposes solar LED upgrade to Cape Lookout Light

Coast Guard proposes solar LED upgrade to Cape Lookout Light
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard is soliciting public opinion until May 16, 2017 on a proposed solar-powered LED optic in Cape Lookout Lighthouse at Cape Lookout, North Carolina. The present sub cable power supply is at the end of its expected service life. To improve the light’s reliability, the U.S. Coast Guard desires to modernize the optic, proposing to install solar panels for the...

Coast Guard proposes removal of lenses from 2 lighthouses in Wisconsin

Coast Guard proposes removal of lenses from 2 lighthouses in Wisconsin
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard announced Tuesday a proposal to remove the Fresnel classical lenses from two lighthouses in Wisconsin. The two lighthouses affected are the Algoma Pierhead Lighthouse in Algoma, Wisconsin, and the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. The Fresnel Classical lenses will be replaced with modern light-emitting-diode lanterns, which are more dependable and...

Gleaming guardian of Chesapeake Bay

Gleaming guardian of Chesapeake Bay
by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn Lighthouses are built to endure the often brutal natural environments they are intended to mark, but over time take a beating from the elements. Maintaining these structures has in many instances become a shared responsibility, incorporating planning, funding and effort from various levels of government, private organizations and individuals. At a unique...

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, maritime partners work to reopen Ports of Savannah and Brunswick

Coast Guard, maritime partners work to reopen Ports of Savannah and Brunswick
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Coast Guard is working diligently with its maritime partners to reopen the Ports of Savannah, Ga., and Brunswick, Ga. Damage to navigational aids, infrastructure and vessels along the waterways, as well as potential shoaling caused by Hurricane Matthew currently hamper the Coast Guard’s ability to safely open the ports. “The Ports of Savannah and Brunswick are a top...