Vancouver-based towing vessel receives first Certificate of Inspection on the U.S. West Coast

Vancouver-based towing vessel receives first Certificate of Inspection on the U.S. West Coast
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); PORTLAND, Ore. — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland issued an initial Certificate of Inspection to Tidewater Barge Lines’ towing vessel Crown Point that operates out of Vancouver, Washington, Thursday. This COI is the first of its kind on the U.S. West Coast issued to a towing vessel in accordance...

Coast Guard monitors multi-day transit of vessel after explosion

Coast Guard monitors multi-day transit of vessel after explosion
PORTLAND, Ore. — Coast Guard personnel are monitoring a 653-foot bulk carrier, with 21 crew members aboard, 120 miles west of the Columbia River entrance after main diesel engine components malfunctioned onboard and caused a localized explosion, Thursday. The crew of the bulk carrier Federal Iris enacted emergency salvage operations and contracted the crew of the emergency response towing vessel,...

28 accidents reported since crab season began off Oregon, Washington

28 accidents reported since crab season began off Oregon, Washington
PORTLAND, Ore. — Since the commercial Dungeness crab season began on January 15th, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland marine investigators have responded to 28 marine accidents involving commercial fishing vessels, with no reported deaths or serious injuries. Since the start of the season, Marine Safety Unit Portland personnel responded to an average of one marine accident per day, causalities...

Coast Guard reminds mariners to apply safety measures as Dungeness crab season begins

Coast Guard reminds mariners to apply safety measures as Dungeness crab season begins
52-foot Motor Life Boat Intrepid from Coast Guard Station Coos Bay file photo WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard is reminding commercial fishermen and the boating public to remember safe boating practices and honor crabber-towboat lane agreements as the presoak period for the commercial Dungeness crab season begins January 12 and the season begins January 15. Coast Guard safety teams have already...

Judge issues ruling for Coast Guard, suspends captain’s Merchant Mariner Credential

Judge issues ruling for Coast Guard, suspends captain’s Merchant Mariner Credential
PORTLAND, Ore. — An administrative law judge suspended the merchant mariner credential of the master of the Portland Spirit Monday, following an investigation by members of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland into an incident that occurred on the Willamette River, Oct. 29, 2017. The Honorable George Jordan, Coast Guard administrative law judge for this case, found in favor of the allegations...

Coast Guard responds to passenger vessel engine fire near The Dalles, Oregon

Coast Guard responds to passenger vessel engine fire near The Dalles, Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. — Members from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland responded to a report of an engine fire aboard the passenger vessel American Empress after it experienced a significant machinery malfunction while preparing to moor near The Dalles, Oregon, Thursday evening. The American Empress will remain moored in The Dalles for the initial Coast Guard investigation and until plans for repairs...

Portland Coast Guard holding meeting on new towing vessel inspection regulations

Portland Coast Guard holding meeting on new towing vessel inspection regulations
PORTLAND, Ore. — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland will be hosting a towing vessel industry outreach meeting to discuss Subchapter M regulatory compliance at their Swan Island location on Thursday. The meeting, which is open for all interested industry representatives, will address the Certificate of Inspection implementation process that is set to begin nationwide in July 2018. There are two...

Coast Guard issues fine for jumping from passenger vessel

Coast Guard issues fine for jumping from passenger vessel
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Coast Guard issued a $5,000 fine, Tuesday, to a passenger who jumped overboard into the Willamette River from a tour boat, August 13. The act of intentionally jumping into the water from a passenger vessel is considered interfering with the safe operation of the vessel and is a violation of federal law. Accounts of the event indicate the passenger removed his shoes and proceeded...

Coast Guard safety zone remains in effect on the Columbia River

Coast Guard safety zone remains in effect on the Columbia River
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Coast Guard safety zone established Tuesday restricting vessels from a 20 mile stretch of the Columbia River remains in effect Wednesday. Coast Guard crews have deployed to the affected area and are continually assessing conditions on the Columbia River, and the Coast Guard will evaluate vessel transit requests on a case by case basis. In response to impacts of the Eagle Creek...