Coast Guard issues first US type-approval certificate for ballast water management

Coast Guard issues first US type-approval certificate for ballast water management
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard issued the first U.S. type-approval certificate for a ballast water management system Friday. The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the certificate to Optimarin after its application for U.S. type approval was reviewed and determined to meet the requirements of the Coast Guard’s type approval requirements contained in 46 C.F.R. § 162.060. While this...

Coast Guard responds to sunken vessel in Westport, Wash

Coast Guard responds to sunken vessel in Westport, Wash
Washington State Department of Ecology personnel deploy boom around the 41-foot vessel Charlotte after it sunk at the Westport Marina in Westport, Wash., Nov. 25, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of  Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. WESTPORT, Wash. — Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology crews responded to a 41-foot vessel that sank at the Westport Marina, Friday. Coast...

Coast Guard monitors pollution assessment of sunken landing craft near Rio Vista

Coast Guard monitors pollution assessment of sunken landing craft near Rio Vista
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard and partner agencies are monitoring the salvage operations of a WWII-era landing craft that sank in the Sacramento River near Rio Vista Tuesday. Boaters aboard the 70-foot landing craft, which had a water truck aboard, contacted Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center watchstanders at approximately 11:30 a.m., reporting that they were in distress. Sector...

Coast Guard monitoring transit of motor vessel after grounding near Skamokawa, Wash.

Coast Guard monitoring transit of motor vessel after grounding near Skamokawa, Wash.
WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard is monitoring the transit of a motor vessel that ran aground in the Columbia River near Skamokawa, Washington, but was refloated, inspected and given a captain of the port order to transit to Kalama, Saturday morning. There was no report of pollution or injuries stemming from the grounding of the Nenita, a 738-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier fully laden...

Coast Guard responds to sunken fishing vessel in Sitka Sound, Alaska

Coast Guard responds to sunken fishing vessel in Sitka Sound, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard is responding to a fishing vessel that partially sank Thursday with diesel fuel onboard in Sitka Sound. The owner of the fishing vessel Sandra L reported Friday that there is a visible sheen and has deployed absorbent boom. The tanks onboard have approximately 50 gallons of diesel fuel with a potential maximum total of 600 gallons. The owner is in the process of...

Tuna vessel operator convicted for oil discharges off American Samoa

Tuna vessel operator convicted for oil discharges off American Samoa
HONOLULU — An American tuna fishing company that regularly unloaded its catch in American Samoa, was convicted and sentenced Thursday for discharging oil into the South Pacific and for maintaining false records, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips for the District of...

Coast Guard monitors salvage of boat that capsized with 30 people aboard

Coast Guard monitors salvage of boat that capsized with 30 people aboard
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard and partner agencies monitored the salvage operations of the Khaleesi Thursday after the boat capsized in San Francisco near Pier 45 with 30 people aboard Saturday. The owners hired Parker Diving and Salvage to conduct salvage operations on the vessel. Following a raising, dewatering and fuel removal operation Thursday, the Khaleesi was towed to Pier 39 by its owners....

Coast Guard to conduct oil spill response test burns in Mobile Bay

Coast Guard to conduct oil spill response test burns in Mobile Bay
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard Research and Development Center, in conjunction with the Naval Research Laboratory, Joint Maritime Test Facility, Bureau of Safety of Environmental Enforcement and other Federal, State, and local stakeholders, will be conducting a series of controlled test burns of crude oil at Little Sand Island in Mobile Bay, during the week of October 17, 2016. These pre-planned burns...

Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office responding to diesel spill near South Padre Island, Texas

Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office responding to diesel spill near South Padre Island, Texas
A Coast Guard law enforcement boat enforces a safety zone as Miller Environmental response crews use absorbent pads and absorbent boom to collect diesel from the Port Isabel Channel in Texas, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick. PORT ISABEL, Texas — Response workers were able to recover more than 2,000 gallons of diesel through the night and...