Coast Guard continues to respond to sunken barge

Coast Guard continues to respond to sunken barge
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is continuing its response to a sunken barge on the Ohio River near Cairo, Illinois, Thursday. The sunken barge carrying pig iron has been located near mile marker 964 on the Ohio River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Towing are developing a salvage...

Coast Guard responds to sunken barge on Ohio River

Coast Guard responds to sunken barge on Ohio River
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a sunken barge on the Ohio River near Cairo, Illinois. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley received a report at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday that six barges broke free from a towing vessel near mile marker 964 on the Ohio River. Five of the barges have...

Coast Guard warns boaters of potential hazards due to NOLA Navy Week

Coast Guard warns boaters of potential hazards due to NOLA Navy Week
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is advising the boating community to use extreme caution on the Mississippi River during the NOLA Navy Week and Tall Ships events in New Orleans. Due to spring snow melt, the Mississippi River has crested in a high-water state increasing the risk of strong currents and floating debris making the river more hazardous to recreational boaters. A large number of vessels...

French Quarter Fest boaters warned of strong river currents

French Quarter Fest boaters warned of strong river currents
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is advising the boating community to use caution on the Mississippi River during the French Quarter Fest in New Orleans, Wednesday. Due to spring snow melt, the Mississippi River has crest in a high-water state increasing the risk of strong currents and floating debris making the river more hazardous to recreational boaters. “The river is a challenging place even for...

Coast Guard announces appointments to National Boating Safety Advisory Council

Coast Guard announces appointments to National Boating Safety Advisory Council
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday the appointment of 15 individuals to serve as members of the National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC). NBSAC was established by Congress in 1971 and provides advice and recommendations on matters relating to recreational boating safety to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Coast Guard Commandant and the...

Coast Guard announces civil penalty for illegal charter operation on Lake Michigan

Coast Guard announces civil penalty for illegal charter operation on Lake Michigan
CHICAGO – A U.S. Coast Guard Hearing Officer imposed a $14,000 civil penalty to Jim Finnegan of Prospect Heights, Illinois on March 19, 2018 for operating a commercial passenger vessel in violation of federal regulations. As part of a concerted effort by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, officials were able to determine that on July 29, 2017, Finnegan operated...

406 Day: National Campaign for Awareness of Emergency Locator Beacon Importance

406 Day: National Campaign for Awareness of Emergency Locator Beacon Importance
NEW ORLEANS – Friday is 406 Day this year. 406 Day is a national campaign run by NOAA to spread awareness of the importance of emergency position indicating radio beacons, or EPIRBS, and personal locator beacons, or PLBs, in boating safety. In 2017, the Eighth Coast Guard District responded to 344 distress signals from EPIRBS aboard aircraft and boats. An EPIRB works by transmitting a signal that...

Coast Guard to establish temporary safety zone on Cape Fear River, NC

Coast Guard to establish temporary safety zone on Cape Fear River, NC
PORTSMOUTH, Va.— The Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Captain of the Port (COTP) is scheduled to enforce a temporary safety zone on the Cape Fear River for the motor vessel Zhen Hua 18, March 29, 2018. The 753-foot heavy-load carrier will be delivering two new ship-to-shore container cranes to the North Carolina State Port Authority (NCSPA) facility located on the Cape Fear River, Wilmington, North...

Coast Guard warns boaters of significant shoaling in Oregon Inlet, NC

Coast Guard warns boaters of significant shoaling in Oregon Inlet, NC
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Coast Guard Sector North Carolina is urging mariners to use extreme caution when transiting the channel at Oregon Inlet due to significant shoaling and extremely shallow water. The shoaling, especially in the vicinity of Oregon Inlet Buoys 4 (LLNR 27990) and 6 (LLNR 28003), poses a significant threat to mariners. The Coast Guard strongly advises to proceed with extreme caution...