Coast Guard announces civil penalty for illegal charter operation on Lake Michigan

Coast Guard announces civil penalty for illegal charter operation on Lake Michigan
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); CHICAGO – A U.S. Coast Guard Hearing Officer imposed a $14,000 civil penalty to Jim Finnegan of Prospect Heights, Illinois on March 19, 2018 for operating a commercial passenger vessel in violation of federal regulations. As part of a concerted effort by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Illinois Department...

Coast Guard, Chicago Christmas Ship Committee to deliver of 1,200 Christmas trees

Coast Guard, Chicago Christmas Ship Committee to deliver of 1,200 Christmas trees
Seaman Jared S. Medina officially delivers the Christmas trees on behalf of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw during the 2016 Christmas Ship event. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of USCGC Mackinaw CHICAGO — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw and members of the Chicago Christmas Ship Committee will reenact a tradition dating back to the late 1800s, Friday and Saturday at Navy Pier. The Mackinaw,...

Coast Guard closes waterway on south branch of Chicago River

Coast Guard closes waterway on south branch of Chicago River
Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan established a safety zone near the south branch of the Chicago River following an oil discharge from an unknown source, Oct. 26, 2017. CHICAGO — The U.S. Coast Guard has closed off access to a waterway extending from the south branch of the Chicago River known as Bubbly Creek after a reported oil discharge, Thursday. Representatives from Coast Guard Marine Safety...

Coast Guard, local partners terminate illegal boat charter operations

Coast Guard, local partners terminate illegal boat charter operations
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard verify proper documentation and interview a boat operator and deckhand during a safety inspection at Monroe Harbor in Chicago, Aug. 19, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf) CHICAGO — During the past two weeks, the U.S. Coast Guard and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) boarded 39 boats in the Chicago area, terminating...

“Safety First” on Lake Michigan for Chicago’s Air and Water Show weekend

"Safety First" on Lake Michigan for Chicago's Air and Water Show weekend
CHICAGO — With temperatures and lake conditions predicted to be favorable for viewing the Chicago Air and Water Shows from Lake Michigan, the Coast Guard is reminding boaters to put safety first to ensure a safe and enjoyable weekend for everyone on the water. “The Chicago Air and Water Show is one of the area’s largest events of the year, bringing nearly 2 million spectators to Chicago’s...

Coast Guard responds to boat fires in Hammond Marina

Coast Guard responds to boat fires in Hammond Marina
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat -Medium file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Lester CHICAGO – The Coast Guard responded to two recreational vessels that caught fire and sank in Hammond Marina in Hammond, Indiana following an explosion, Tuesday. Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor received a call from 911 dispatch early Tuesday about two boats on fire in the marina. A boat crew launched aboard...

Coast Guard to combat illegal charter vessel operations around Chicago

Coast Guard to combat illegal charter vessel operations around Chicago
Cmdr. Zeita Merchant, commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Chicago, delivers remarks at a bareboat charter and uninspected passenger vessel workshop at the Chicago Yacht Club April 29, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Lindsay Cook) CHICAGO — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago and the Chicago Harbor Safety Committee hosted an Uninspected Passenger Vessel and Bareboat Charter Workshop to...

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 hosts outreach forum for new towing vessel regulations

Coast Guard hosts outreach forum for new towing vessel regulations
Steven Douglas from the Coast Guard Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise explains the inspections requirements for new and existing towing vessels outlined in Subchapter M, at the Illinois Marine Towing Nov. 9, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Byron Rios LEMONT, Ill. — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago and the U.S. Coast Guard Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise hosted an informational...