Coast Guard to Boating Public: It is Best to Wear Your Vest

Coast Guard to Boating Public: It is Best to Wear Your Vest
ST. LOUIS – Spring brings the beginning of the boating season and a reminder from the Coast Guard that boaters are significantly safer in and around the water while wearing lifejackets. Federal Law dictates that all recreational vessels must carry one wearable lifejacket for each person aboard, and any boat 16 feet and longer, with the exception of canoes and kayaks, must also carry one throwable...

Coast Guard responds to grounded container vessel in Mississippi River

Coast Guard responds to grounded container vessel in Mississippi River
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a container vessel that ran around near mile marker 81 of the Mississippi River, Friday. Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a call at 3:20 a.m. that the Liberian-flagged container ship, the Belita had run aground near 12-mile point, at mile marker 81 of the Mississippi River. Sector New Orleans vessel traffic service has placed...

Coast Guard closes Mississippi River after bridge allision

Coast Guard closes Mississippi River after bridge allision
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard has closed the Mississippi River between mile markers 115 and 122 after a vessel allided with the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge, Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 1:30 a.m. that the ITV Cooperative Spirit, pushing 29 grain barges downriver, allided with the bridge. No injuries, pollution or damage to the bridge was...

Coast Guard reminds boaters of Regulated Navigation Area near Pittsburgh

Coast Guard reminds boaters of Regulated Navigation Area near Pittsburgh
NEW ORLEANS — Members of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Pittsburgh are reminding recreational boaters of the new Regulated Navigation Area (RNA) at an area known as the “Pitt Pool” near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The RNA, which has been in effect since February 14, prohibits all vessels from anchoring, mooring, stopping or loitering further than 100 feet from the riverbank. Vessels are allowed...

Coast Guard pursues enforcement action against Bouchard Transportation

Coast Guard pursues enforcement action against Bouchard Transportation
NEW ORLEANS —The Coast Guard is pursuing enforcement action against Bouchard Transportation Company after the shipping company failed to comply with a captain of the port order for one of its two vessels anchored in the Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, Texas, area of responsibility. The tugs Kim M. Bouchard and Danielle M. Bouchard and their associated barges have been anchored off Texas Point since...

Coast Guard, other agencies to conduct search and rescue exercise near Perdido Bay

Coast Guard, other agencies to conduct search and rescue exercise near Perdido Bay
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and other agencies are scheduled to conduct a search and rescue exercise in Perdido Bay, Florida, Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. The exercise will take place between the Lillian Bridge and the Intracoastal Waterway. It will include searches on land, water and air. An incident command post will be established at the Lillian Boat Launch on Perdido Bay. googletag.cmd.push(function()...

Coast Guard Issues Captain of the Port Orders to Bouchard Transportation Vessels

Coast Guard Issues Captain of the Port Orders to Bouchard Transportation Vessels
NEW YORK — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of New York and New Jersey has issued an order to Bouchard Transportation Company requiring that three tug and fuel barge units currently anchored in New York Harbor immediately be moved out of anchorage and moored at a safe berth. They will be required to remain at safe berth until undergoing additional safety inspections to determine they are fit to...

Coast Guard to hold open house in Bandon, Oregon to demonstrate new MRASS

Coast Guard to hold open house in Bandon, Oregon to demonstrate new MRASS
BANDON, Ore. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to host a public information open house regarding the Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal, Thursday, Feb. 20, between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., at “The Barn” Conference and Community Center. The MRASS will be available for live demonstration and for the community to ask questions to gain information about how the equipment operates. This...

Coast Guard responds to barge breakaway on Upper Mississippi River

Coast Guard responds to barge breakaway on Upper Mississippi River
The Coast Guard and local agencies responded to a multi-barge breakaway in the vicinity of mile markers 176 and 177 on the Upper Mississippi River Wednesday, February 12, 2020. NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard and local agencies responded to a multi-barge breakaway in the vicinity of mile markers 176 and 177 on the Upper Mississippi River, Wednesday. Watchstanders at Sector Upper Mississippi River received...