Coast Guard warns mariners of approaching storm Nicole dangers

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircrews from Air Station Elizabeth City performed a information broadcast patrol Wednesday September 29, 2010. During the patrol, crewmembers used a radio to call out a safety marine information broadcast informing boaters and vessel traffic to the dangers of the approaching Tropical Storm Nicole on international emergency channel VHF-FM 16. U.S....

Coast Guard restores S. Florida port conditions

MIAMI — Following Tropical Storm Nicole’s dissipation, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port has returned the following ports to normal operating conditions: * Port of Miami (Miami River) * Port Everglades * Port of Palm Beach

Congress Approves Coast Guard Budget

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), Ranking Member of the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, today praised the passage of H.R. 3619, the “Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Authorization Act of 2010” which authorizes $10.2 billion in funding for the Coast Guard in fiscal year 2011. This funding level rebukes the President’s proposed...

Coast Guard Medevacs Man from Tanker

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a 809-foot chemical tanker in Galveston Fairway Anchorage near Galveston, Wednesday. Watchstanders at Sector Houston Galveston received a report at approximately 12:28 a.m. that a 44-year old male crewman aboard the Eagle Toledo was in tremendous pain after attempting to lift a heavy object. Air Station Houston launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter...

Coast Guard to welcome back Maine Responder from Deepwater Horizon Response

PORTLAND, Maine – The Coast Guard will welcome back the Maine Responder, a 208-foot oil spill response vessel, from their deployment to the Gulf of Mexico in support of the Deepwater Horizon response, to Portland, Maine, Sept. 30, 2010. The Maine Responder is operated by the Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC). MSRC is a long-time member of the Maine and New Hampshire Area Maritime Committee,...

VA Extends Coverage for Gulf War Veterans

WASHINGTON  – Veterans of the first Gulf War as well as current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan now have a smoother path toward receiving health-care benefits and disability compensation for nine diseases associated with their military service, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today. A final regulation published in today’s Federal Register relieves veterans of the...

Coast Guard report states Umpqua River Lighthouse not required for safe navigation

SEATTLE — The U. S. Coast Guard is releasing a Waterways Analysis and Management System report on the Umpqua River in Oregon which states that the Umpqua River Lighthouse is not required for safe navigation. This determination opens the door for the U.S. Coast Guard to begin the process to discontinue the Umpqua River Light as a federal aid to navigation.

Coast Guard Station Panama City medevacs 49-year-old man

MOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City, Fla., Tuesday.

Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-RAY for Miami, Fort Lauderdale

MIAMI — Effective 3 p.m. Tuesday, Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP), Capt. Chris Scraba, increased port conditions for the Port of Miami and Port Everglades to X-RAY, due to the expectation that gale force winds generated by Tropical Depression 16 may arrive within 48 hours.