Low levels of PCB detected in oil samples taken from derelict vessel near Camas, Wash.

The 431-foot barge, Davy Crocket, sits aground on the northern bank of the Columbia River near Camas, Wash., Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. Photo by the Washington State Department of Ecology PORTLAND, Ore. — Follow up tests of oil samples taken from a 431-foot derelict vessel, Davy Crockett, have detected low levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Washington State Dept. of Ecology received reports...

Coast Guard seizes fourth foreign flagged fishing vessel in two days in Gulf of Mexico

USCG File Photo CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard seized another lancha, Saturday, reportedly fishing illegally in U.S. waters in the vicinity of South Padre Island, Texas. At approximately 4:15 p.m., an HU-25 Falcon jet and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi spotted a lancha approximately 20 miles north of South Padre Island and within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)....

Unified Command works to contain sheen from derelict vessel near Camas, Wash.

The 431-foot barge, Davy Crocket, sits aground on the northern bank of the Columbia River near Camas, Wash., Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011. Photo by the Washington State Department of Ecology PORTLAND, Ore. – The Coast Guard, Washington Dept. of Ecology, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality, Dept. of Interior, Coast Guard Auxiliary and other agencies continue to cleanup oil and monitor a 431-foot derelict...

Coast Guard seizes 3 foreign flagged fishing vessels in Gulf of Mexico

USCG File Photo CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard seized three lanchas Friday and Saturday that were reportedly fishing illegally in U.S. waters in the vicinity of Corpus Christi and South Padre Island, Texas. At approximately 9:40 a.m., Friday, a Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi HU-25 Falcon jet and crew was on a routine patrol when the crew spotted a lancha, approximately 20 miles...

Coast Guard coordinates assistance to vessel in distress

MIAMI — Search-and-rescue coordinators at the Seventh Coast Guard District command center in Miami coordinated assistance to a vessel in distress about 370 miles north of the Dominican Republic Saturday. The Coast Guard received a report Saturday morning that the U.S.-flagged 58-foot fishing vessel Big Eye was disabled with a cargo net entangled in its propeller about 370 miles north of the Dominican...

Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn memorial ceremony

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Chief Warrant Officer Michael Tomasi, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, renders a salute during the 31st anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn ceremony Jan. 28, 2011, in St. Petersburg. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Simpson. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. –  Coast Guardsmen, survivors, family members, and community...

Coast Guard Cutter Forward Returns Home After Counter Drug Patrol

USCG File Photo PORTSMOUTH, Va – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Forward, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter, returned to its homeport of Portsmouth Thursday. Forward deployed for 58 days with an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) Jacksonville, Fla., in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South). The crew of the Forward conducted...

Coast Guard continues response to oil spill in Potomac River

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard and local agencies continue to respond Friday to a mineral oil spill that occurred Sunday in the Potomac River near Alexandria, Va. Approximately 1,500 gallons of an estimated 5,500 gallons have been recovered from the waters of the Potomac River after a transformer at the Pepco substation began leaking Sunday, with a remaining 4,000 gallons currently unaccounted for. Coast...

Coast Guard releases Great Lakes Maritime Strategy

CLEVELAND – The Coast Guard is releasing the Great Lakes Maritime Strategy, a multi-year plan for Coast Guard activities in the region, today. Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, is scheduled to present the strategy at the 2011 Traverse City Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner tonight in Traverse City, Mich. The Great Lakes Maritime Strategy describes a five-year...