Coast Guard employs drone to inspect new ATON structures

Coast Guard employs drone to inspect new ATON structures
Civil Engineering Unit Providence captures an aerial image during a new ATON inspection of the Duck Island fixed channel marker near New Haven, Connecticut. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Kieron McCarthy. NEW HAVEN, Connecticut – U.S. Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit Providence, Rhode Island, piloted a short range Unmanned Aerial System to inspect the construction of new Aids to Navigation structures. In...

Coast Guard urges caution for boaters transiting ICW between Barnegat and Cape May NJ

Coast Guard urges caution for boaters transiting ICW between Barnegat and Cape May NJ
PHILADELPHIA – As the boating season draws near, the Coast Guard would like to remind boaters and mariners to exercise caution while transiting the Intracoastal Waterway between Barnegat and Cape May, New Jersey. Twenty aids to navigation pylons, that were damaged by winter ice, have been marked with wreck buoys to alert mariners to their presence below the water’s surface. Boaters are reminded...

Coast Guard conducts waterways analysis study of Tillamook Bay, seeks public comment

Coast Guard conducts waterways analysis study of Tillamook Bay, seeks public comment
GARIBALDI, Wash. — Coast Guard officials are seeking public comment while conducting a waterways analysis and management system (WAMS) review of Tillamook Bay. The Coast Guard uses WAMS to validate the adequacy of the existing aids to navigation (ATON) system, as well as to get a better understanding of the uses of each waterway and general safety issues. WAMS focuses on the waterway’s present...

Coast Guard conducting Potomac River waterway analysis with public feedback

Coast Guard conducting Potomac River waterway analysis with public feedback
BALTIMORE — Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region is conducting a Waterways Analysis and Management System review of the Upper Potomac River, south of Washington, D.C., from April through June 2019, to improve maritime efficiency in the area. The review focuses on the area’s aids to navigation system, waterborne commerce, marine casualty information, port/harbor resources, emergency...

Carolina Beach Inlet channel too shallow to mark safe navigation in North Carolina

Carolina Beach Inlet channel too shallow to mark safe navigation in North Carolina
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Channel surveys in 2019 show water depths in Carolina Beach Inlet channel are less than four feet in some areas, prompting the Coast Guard to remove aids to navigation that may mislead mariners. On April 1, 2019, the Coast Guard will begin to temporarily discontinue 10 navigational aids in the inlet. The Army Corps of Engineers provided recent surveys, which expose significant...

Legacy of Light: Oldest west coast light marks ‘The Rock’

Legacy of Light: Oldest west coast light marks ‘The Rock’
Petty Officer 1st Class John Sherwood, Petty Officer 2nd Class Geoffrey Cote, and Fireman Harley Satara from Aids to Navigation Team San Francisco stand beside Alcatraz Lighthouse. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Marcelino Ortiz. Story by Walter Ham The Alcatraz Lighthouse not only guides mariners through the San Francisco Bay but also welcomes tourists to the island that used to house...

Coast Guard buoy tender conducts seasonal buoy swaps on Chesapeake Bay

Coast Guard buoy tender conducts seasonal buoy swaps on Chesapeake Bay
U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Stephen Diggs, assisted by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph Amato attach security chains following the recovery of a summer buoy, on the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, Dec. 3, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Hodges) BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin crew is replacing the summer buoys with seasonal winter buoys on the Chesapeake...

Coast Guard cutter returns to homeport after Hurricane Michael relief mission

Coast Guard cutter returns to homeport after Hurricane Michael relief mission
Coast Guard crew members from Station Panama City and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vice, a 75-foot Class Inland Construction Tender assist Panama City residents after the wake of Hurricane Michael, Tuesday Oct. 23, 2018.During relief efforts, Coast Guard crews collected data on damages, assisted community members and addressed concerns with aids to navigation caused by Hurricane Michael along...

Coast Guard seeks public comment on Willapa Bay waterways analysis study

Coast Guard seeks public comment on Willapa Bay waterways analysis study
WILLAPA BAY, Wash. — The Coast Guard is seeking public comment while conducting a waterways analysis and management system (WAMS) review of Willapa Bay. The Coast Guard uses WAMS to validate the adequacy of the existing aids to navigation (ATON) system, as well as to get a better understanding of the uses of each waterway and general safety issues. WAMS focuses on the present ATON system, marine...