Coast Guard detains cargo ship for safety, security, environmental violations

ORTLAND, Ore. – Coast Guard Sector Columbia River detained a foreign freight vessel for failure to comply with international and domestic regulations regarding safety, security, and environmental protection. Early last week, while preparing to cross the Columbia River Bar, the 734-foot Egyptian cargo ship EDFU experienced a significant reduction in propulsion power. The vessel’s crew conducted...

Coast Guard escorting damaged Kodiak-based fishing vessel

KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard Guard Cutter Sherman is escorting the fishing vessel Alaskan Leader after the vessel toward Dutch Harbor sustained fire damage Friday. The Coast Guard Communication Station in Kodiak received notification of a fire in the engine room aboard the 137-foot Alaskan Leader at 9:45 p.m. Thursday. The vessel was 103 miles northwest of Unimak Pass in the Bering Sea. The Coast...

Coast Guard interdicts semi-submersible vessel in Caribbean Sea

MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk, a medium-endurance cutter homeported in Key West, Fla., interdicted a drug smuggling, self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) vessel, commonly referred to as a drug sub, in the Western Caribbean Sea, Sept. 30, 2011. The total interdiction is approximately seven tons and valued at nearly $180 million wholesale. The crew of the Mohawk stopped two SPSS...

Responders stand down from active search in Oakland estuary

ALAMEDA, Calif. — After saturating the Oakland estuary searching for a man who reportedly jumped into the water today, search crews from the Coast Guard, Alameda County Fire Department Marine Unit, Oakland Fire and Police Department and Alameda Fire and Police Departments stood down at 2:30 p.m. when no one was found. A passing motorist crossing the Fruitvale Bridge took note of a man with a leg...

Coast Guard monitoring disabled container ship near Vancouver Island, B.C.

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology are monitoring a partially disabled container ship near Vancouver Island, B.C., Thursday. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound reported the 678-foot container ship Horizon Tacoma was making way toward Anchorage, Alaska, when it lost propulsion approximately 11 miles west of Vancouver Island. The vessel anchored 11 miles offshore and effected...

Coast Guard closes Mobile River for CSX Railroad swing-bridge construction

MOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to close the Mobile River for construction operations to replace the CSX Railroad swing-bridge with a vertical lift bridge over the Mobile River, Sunday, at 5 a.m. Replacing the swing span will be a multiple-day project that will close the Mobile River to vessel traffic from midnight on Saturday, until 5 a.m., Wednesday. The CSX Railroad Bridge will also...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman off Southwest Pass

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing fisherman, Thursday, offshore Southwest Pass in East Bay. Missing is Mark Hansel. Coast Guard crews searched for 50 hours, covering 1,181 square nautical miles, in an effort to locate Hansel. Crews and aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, Coast Guard Station Venice and the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon assisted in...

Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast to deliver Halloween scares for charity Saturday

ASTORIA, Ore. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast will host the Coast Guard’s Annual Haunted Ship Tour in Astoria, Saturday, to benefit the Clatsop County Food Bank. Visitors are invited to take a spook-filled tour of the vessel in exchange for a donation of non-perishable food items or warm clothing for the less fortunate. Tours will run from 5-9 p.m. Saturday and are appropriate...

Coast Guard responds to grounded landing craft in Port of Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard is responding the grounding of a landing craft at the Port of Anchorage Thursday. “The Coast Guard is committed to ensuring the safety of the waterway and preventing any pollution from the grounding,” said Lt. William Albright, the Coast Guard Marine Casualty Investigating Officer. “We are actively investigating the cause of the incident.” The...