Coast Guard warns about dangers aiming lasers at vessels

Coast Guard warns about dangers aiming lasers at vessels
BALTIMORE — Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region wants to remind boaters of the dangers in aiming lasers at commercial vessel. For commercial vessels, the main threat is that exposure to laser light can cause blindness to the ship’s operators possibly causing a collision in the shipping channel. For the Coast Guard, a laser aimed at a Coast Guard asset could cause a search-and-rescue...

Princess Cruise Lines To Pay $40 Million For Illegal Dumping Of Oil Contaminated Waste

Princess Cruise Lines To Pay $40 Million For Illegal Dumping Of Oil Contaminated Waste
Miami – Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. (Princess) was sentenced to pay a $40 million penalty – the largest-ever for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution – related to illegal dumping overboard of oil contaminated waste and falsification of official logs in order to conceal the discharges, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin G. Greenberg for the Southern District of Florida in Miami,...

Coast Guard seeks public help to identify hoax callers

Coast Guard seeks public help to identify hoax callers
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Coast Guard asks for the public’s help Friday to identify hoax callers in the Cape Coral area. For the past year, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watch standers received a steady stream of suspected or confirmed hoax radio calls along the Gulf Coast – the majority of the calls are within the Cape Coral area. The calls were made on VHF-FM marine band channel 16, a...

Two Vessel Engineers Convicted of Environmental and Obstruction Crimes

Two Vessel Engineers Convicted of Environmental and Obstruction Crimes
A federal jury in Charleston, South Carolina, late Wednesday convicted two chief engineers of the vessel, T/V Green Sky, of falsifying documents in order to conceal illegal discharges of oily bilge waste and obstruction charges, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Jeff Wood of the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and U.S. Attorney Beth Drake of the District...

Coast Guard seeks public information after laser strike hits Air Station Port Angeles aircrew

Coast Guard seeks public information after laser strike hits Air Station Port Angeles aircrew
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The Coast Guard is seeking information from the public in locating a suspect or suspects who pointed a green laser light at a Coast Guard helicopter as the aircrew was making a final approach to Air Station Port Angeles, at 8:23 p.m., Monday. The Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles flight crew aboard, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, safely landed after being illuminated for about...

South Korean company fined $275,000 for second violation of Act to Prevent Pollution From Ships

South Korean company fined $275,000 for second violation of Act to Prevent Pollution From Ships
HONOLULU — United States District Court Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi accepted the guilty plea of Doorae Shipping Co., LTD, a South Korean maritime operations company, and sentenced the company to pay a fine of $275,000, and a term of three years of probation for the failure to maintain an accurate oil record book, in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. According to the Information...

Coast Guardsman found not guilty of sexual assault

Coast Guardsman found not guilty of sexual assault
P­ORTSMOUTH, Va. — Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric D. Pruett was found not guilty of Articles 120 – Sexual Assault and 128 – Assault, of the Uniform Code of Military Justice Friday. Pruett, 30, a native of Boise, Idaho, was found not guilty during a general court-martial that convened at Coast Guard Legal Services Command in Norfolk, Virginia, on Monday, July 18. The commander of Coast Guard Atlantic...

Coast Guard seeking assistance in identifying Annapolis, Md. hoax caller

Coast Guard seeking assistance in identifying Annapolis, Md. hoax caller
BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard requests the public’s assistance in locating a hoax caller who made 28 false distress alerts since July of 2014. All calls were determined to have originated from the Annapolis, Maryland, area between Loretta Heights and Admiral Drive along 450/West Street and involved the same male voice transmitting over VHF-FM marine radio channel 16. The two most recent calls were...

Coast Guard responds to alleged shooting incident southwest of Marquesas Key, Florida

Coast Guard responds to alleged shooting incident southwest of Marquesas Key, Florida
MIAMI- The Coast Guard responded to a report of the discharge of a firearm southwest of Marquesas Key, Florida, on Wednesday. At approximately 9:45 a.m., Wednesday, Coast Guard Sector Key West received a report from a 20-foot pleasure craft that an unidentified 45-foot fishing vessel allegedly discharged a firearm in their general direction multiple times while they were diving approximately 20 nautical...