Coast Guard closes portion of Upper Mississippi River to all vessel traffic

Coast Guard closes portion of Upper Mississippi River to all vessel traffic
ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard closed a portion of the Upper Mississippi River to all vessel traffic near St. Louis, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River closed traffic at 7:53 p.m. from mile marker 184.5 to mile marker 179, near the MacArthur Bridge, due to high water levels and fast currents. “We are working closely with our interagency partners and industry stakeholders to mitigate...

Coast Guard reopens Port of Virginia

Coast Guard reopens Port of Virginia
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard captain of the port reopened the Port of Virginia at 8:40 a.m.Tuesday. “The Port of Virginia is now open without restrictions,” said Capt. Rick Wester, the captain of the port. “However, as long as adverse weather conditions exist, I strongly urge all mariners to exercise caution, be mindful of developing forecasts and report any potential hazards...

Coast Guard to conduct port partner exercise in Port of LA-LB

Coast Guard to conduct port partner exercise in Port of LA-LB
LOS ANGELES — The Coast Guard, along with members of the FBI, Los Angeles Port Police, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Long Beach Police Department and Long Beach Fire Department are scheduled to conduct a full-scale emergency response exercise in the Port of Los Angeles-Long Beach from 9 a.m., to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The...

Coast Guard Reminds the Public to Watch for Illegal Passenger Vessel Operations

Coast Guard Reminds the Public to Watch for Illegal Passenger Vessel Operations
ST. LOUIS – Following reports of illegal commercial vessel services including water taxis, excursion vessels and transportation services reserved from smartphone applications, the Coast Guard is advising the public to avoid unlawful operations. Unlawful operations include but are not limited to: Charter services that carry a “Passenger for hire” without a valid Coast Guard issued Merchant Mariner’s...

Coast Guard issues temporary safety zone near Santa Barbara Harbor entrance

Coast Guard issues temporary safety zone near Santa Barbara Harbor entrance
LOS ANGELES — The Captain of the Port will be enforcing a temporary safety zone due to shoaling in the vicinity of the Santa Barbara Harbor entrance from 4 p.m., today to 8 a.m., March 16, 2017. The safety zone will encompass all navigable waters from the surface to the sea floor of the Santa Barbara Harbor entrance. No vessel or person is permitted to operate in the temporary safety zone unless...

Coast Guard establishes safety zones for Noyo River, Humboldt Bay, Crescent City Harbor

Coast Guard establishes safety zones for Noyo River, Humboldt Bay, Crescent City Harbor
EUREKA, Calif. — The Coast Guard established a safety zone in the navigable waters of the Noyo River Channel, Humboldt Bay and Crescent City Harbor entrances Saturday to promote the navigational safety of all vessels along the coast when extreme environmental conditions are present, which will extend through March 31. The safety zone prohibits vessels from transiting the affected areas during...

Coast Guard issues temporary safety zone near Morro Bay Harbor entrance

Coast Guard issues temporary safety zone near Morro Bay Harbor entrance
LOS ANGELES — The Captain of the Port will be enforcing a temporary safety zone due to hazardous conditions in the vicinity of the Morro Bay Harbor entrance from 12 a.m., January 19, 2017, to 12 a.m., February 6, 2017. The safety zone will encompass all navigable waters from the surface to the sea floor near the inside and outside of the mouth of the Morro Bay Harbor entrance. This action is necessary...

Coast Guard to partially reopen Port of Virginia

Coast Guard to partially reopen Port of Virginia
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — After evaluating the port conditions following the passage of Winter Storm Helena, the Captain of the Port (COTP) has revised the Port of Virginia restrictions. Effective at midnight on Saturday, vessel traffic will be permitted to resume through the Hampton Roads COTP zone for all vessels bound to or from locations in the Maryland-National Capital Region COTP zone. Restrictions...

Coast Guard to close Port of Virginia for Winter Storm Helena

Coast Guard to close Port of Virginia for Winter Storm Helena
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Captain of the Port will close the Port of Virginia Friday at midnight in anticipation of Winter Storm Helena. Commercial vessels will be prohibited from entering and departing the Chesapeake Bay. Additionally, movement within the Port of Virginia will be closed to vessel traffic 5,000 gross tons or greater unless permission is granted by the Captain of the Port. The forecasted...