Unlawful discharge of bilge waste leads to $1.75 million fine

Unlawful discharge of bilge waste leads to $1.75 million fine
HONOLULU — Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Singapore) PTE LTD. (Bernhard), a vessel operating company, pleaded guilty today in federal court to one count of maintaining false and incomplete records relating to the discharge of bilge waste from the tank vessel Topaz Express, a felony violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. U.S. District Judge Derrick K. Watson of the District of Hawaii...

Coast Guard halts illegal charter operation near near Hutchinson Island

Coast Guard halts illegal charter operation near near Hutchinson Island
An 18-foot pleasure craft with three people aboard Feb. 7, 2020 near Hutchinson Island, Florida.  (Coast Guard Photo) MIAMI — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of an 18-foot pleasure craft with three people aboard Friday in the vicinity of Hutchinson Island for conducting an illegal charter. Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received notification from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation...

Coast Guard repatriates 64 migrants to the Dominican Republic

Coast Guard repatriates 64 migrants to the Dominican Republic
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley File Photo SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard repatriated 64 migrants to the Dominican Republic between Wednesday and Thursday, following the interdiction of an illegal migrant voyage Monday, approximately 51 nautical miles north of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The interdiction was the result of ongoing efforts in support of Operation Caribbean Guard...

Coast Guard, partners apprehend 9 smugglers, seize $46.2 million in cocaine

Coast Guard, partners apprehend 9 smugglers, seize $46.2 million in cocaine
Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear (WMEC-901) offload 3,086 pounds of cocaine Tuesday in San Juan, Puerto Rico Feb. 4, 2020.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ricardo Castrodad. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard, United Kingdom Royal Navy and U.S. law enforcement partners seized 1,400 kilograms (3,086) pounds of cocaine and detained nine suspected smugglers following the interdiction of two...

Coast Guard interdicts 69 migrants near Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic

Coast Guard interdicts 69 migrants near Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic
The Coast Guard Cutter Richard Dixon  interdicted 37 illegal migrants near Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico  (Coast Guard Photo) SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard Cutter Valiant (WMEC-616) repatriated 44 of 69 Dominican migrants to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel Monday, following the interdiction of three separate illegal migrant voyages near Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Five of...

Coast Guard establishes security zone for State of the Union address

Coast Guard establishes security zone for State of the Union address
Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to establish a temporary security zone in designated waters in the National Capital Region for the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. The security zone will be in effect from noon until 11:59 p.m., which will limit or prohibit navigation...

Coast Guard halts illegal charter near Baker’s Haulover Inlet

Coast Guard halts illegal charter near Baker’s Haulover Inlet
33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement MIAMI — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of two pleasure crafts operating as illegal charters Saturday near Baker’s Haulover Inlet. A Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat crew conducted the boardings of the pleasure crafts, Roe Boat and Colleen Marie, each with 10 people aboard, and discovered the...

Coast Guard halts illegal charter near Monument Island

Coast Guard halts illegal charter near Monument Island
Coast Guard Station Miami Beach 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo MIAMI — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 37-foot pleasure craft, Bada Bing, with 12 passengers aboard Saturday near Monument Island. A Coast Guard Station Miami Beach boarding team conducted the boarding of the pleasure craft and discovered the following violations: Violation of 46 C.F.R. 176.100A for not having...

Coast Guard halts illegal charter in Sarasota Bay

Coast Guard halts illegal charter in Sarasota Bay
A Coast Guard Station Cortez boatcrew terminated the voyage of a 24-foot uninspected passenger vessel with four passengers for hire aboard in Sarasota Bay, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.  U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 24-foot uninspected passenger vessel Thursday in Sarasota Bay, Florida. The vessel was found with four passengers...