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...

Coast Guard issues fine for unauthorized ballast water discharge in Willamette River

Coast Guard issues fine for unauthorized ballast water discharge in Willamette River
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Coast Guard issued a $5,000 fine to the owners of a foreign freight vessel for unauthorized ballast water discharge into the Willamette River in Portland, August 16. During a routine port state control ballast water examination on the 590-foot bulk freighter ANSAC Moon Bear, marine inspectors, from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, discovered that the vessel had discharged...

Judge issues ruling for the Coast Guard and suspends local Captain’s Merchant Mariner Credential

Judge issues ruling for the Coast Guard and suspends local Captain’s Merchant Mariner Credential
USCG File Photo PORTLAND, Ore. — An administrative law judge decided that U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland proved its case against the captain of the Portland Spirit and suspended his Merchant Mariner Credentials Tuesday, in response to an incident that occurred on the Columbia River, Aug. 1, 2015. Lowell Gillespie Jr. was found to have violated Rule 8 of the Inland Rules of Navigation,...

Cleanup of hazardous materials aboard vessels at site near Goble, Ore. begins

Cleanup of hazardous materials aboard vessels at site near Goble, Ore. begins
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Coast Guard and its Oregon state partners started the cleanup process, Thursday, of a former leased site near Goble on the Columbia River where there are multiple vessels, some of which may potentially contain environmentally hazardous material including bunker oil, various fuels, asbestos, lead paint and household waste. The lease started in August 2012 and was originally for...

Astoria-based Coast Guardsman dies while attending training in Virginia

Astoria-based Coast Guardsman dies while attending training in Virginia
WASHINGTON — An Astoria, Oregon-based Coast Guardsman died Monday at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown in Virginia. Lt. j.g. Devin J. Hepner, 34, of Logan, Utah, was found unresponsive in his barracks room Monday morning and was transported by local emergency medical services to Mary Immaculate Hospital where he later died. Hepner was serving at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River/Marine Safety...

Coast Guard, industry preparing for inspected towing vessel regulations

Coast Guard, industry preparing for inspected towing vessel regulations
Marine Inspectors from Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Portland conduct a field dry dock examination, Wed., Aug. 17, 2016, to educate and train the towing vessel community on new regulatory standards that will come into force in the summer of 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo. PORTLAND, Ore. — Marine Inspectors from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Portland conducted a field dry dock examination, Wednesday,...