Coast Guard announces publication of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers final rule in the Federal Register

Coast Guard announces publication of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers final rule in the Federal Register
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday the publication of the final rule “Implementation of the Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, and Changes to National Endorsements” in the Federal Register. This final rule will implement the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification...

Coast Guard announces publication of final rule on waiver for marking sunken vessels with a light at night

Coast Guard announces publication of final rule on waiver for marking sunken vessels with a light at night
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday the publication of a final rule revising its regulations to implement Section 301 of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004. This Act authorized the Commandant of the Coast Guard to waive the statutory requirement to mark sunken vessels with a light at night if the Commandant determines that placing a light would be impractical...

Brazoria County Texas resident indicted for sending false distress signal

Brazoria County Texas resident indicted for sending false distress signal
HOUSTON — David Matthew Geissen, 21, has been arrested following the return of an indictment alleging he communicated a false distress message to the Coast Guard, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Geissen, of Danbury, was arrested Thursday without incident. The sealed indictment was returned Dec. 12, 2013, and unsealed upon his arrest. He made his initial appearance in Galveston...

Coast Guard responds to barge collision near Bolivar, Texas

Coast Guard responds to barge collision near Bolivar, Texas
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard responded to a collision between two barges early Monday morning in the vicinity of Siever’s Cove on Bolivar Peninsula, in the Intracoastal Waterway. At approximately 12:50 a.m., the captain of the tug pushing the TTI-150 contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City to report the collision between the barge CBC 7026 and the barge TTI-150. A 25-foot...

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returns home from 29-day patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returns home from 29-day patrol
CAPE MAY, N.J. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returned to homeport in Cape May Monday at 11:30 a.m. During the 29-day patrol, Dependable was tasked with enforcing marine wildlife protection laws, as well as fisheries and safety regulations, completing more than 20 boardings of commercial fishing vessels. Throughout the patrol, when not conducting boardings, the crew enhanced...

Fireside volunteers take in Coast Guard recruits for Christmas

Fireside volunteers take in Coast Guard recruits for Christmas
CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Coast Guard and American Red Cross will place more than 200 Coast Guard recruits with several dozen South Jersey families for Christmas as part of Operation Fireside Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Thousands of recruits have spent Christmas with hundreds of volunteers from South Jersey since the Operation Fireside program was established in 1981. It allows recruits to celebrate the...

Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas

Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 56-year-old woman Monday from a cruise ship approximately 225 miles southeast of the Bahamas. Personnel aboard the 915-foot cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas notified watchstanders at the Fifth District Command Center at approximately 10 p.m. Sunday stating the woman was is medical distress. Coast Guard watchstanders arranged for a rendezvous with the...

Coast Guard advises holiday season boating safety

Coast Guard advises holiday season boating safety
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard advises the public to exercise safe boating practices this holiday season as changing weather presents hazards on the Gulf Coast and inland rivers. All mariners, rivermen and water enthusiasts are advised to increase their awareness to the dangers of hypothermia, as freezing temperatures are forecasted on the northern parts of the Mississippi, Ohio and Illinois rivers....

Coast Guard searches for six Cuban migrants aboard overdue zodiac boat in the Caribbean Sea

Coast Guard searches for six Cuban migrants aboard overdue zodiac boat in the Caribbean Sea
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard rescue crews are searching Monday for possible survivors of an overdue illegal migrant zodiac boat reportedly transporting a group of six Cuban nationals from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received multiple phone calls Saturday from one of the overdue migrant’s family member, who reportedly resides in...