From the Bridge Wing 8-21-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1968 – CGC Point Verde reported that she had received a call from the Chevron Oil Company in Venice, Louisiana, reporting that an oil rig, approximately 25 miles east of Grant Isle, Louisiana, had a blowout and was on fire. The exact number of persons on board the rig at that time was unknown. Two Coast Guard helicopters and CGC Point Sal were dispatched. Several private vessels and oil company helicopters were already on the scene. A Coast Guard helicopter transported three injured persons to the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in New Orleans and several oil company helicopters transported persons to other hospitals. The Coast Guard helicopter returned to the scene and along with Point Sal, a 53-footer, and another Coast Guard helicopter conducted a search for persons in the water. The number of persons on board was determined to be 33 with 23 definitely accounted for, five confirmed missing, and five reported accounted for, but not confirmed. Two people were known dead with 12 having been hospitalized.

1972 – VTS San Francisco went on-line as the nation’s first Vessel Traffic Service. Originally called a Vessel Traffic System, the VTS evolved from the experimental San Francisco Harbor Advisory Radar project and became an official Coast Guard function when the Ports and Waterways Safety Act became law in 1972.


Swabs at Sea – Coast Guard Compass blog

It can be daunting when swabs first walk up to the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle during ‘Swab Summer.’ The triple-masted, barque-rigged, tall ship sways in the water like a brilliant reminder of our presence at sea and the 223 years of maritime history in our service.

Recruit Journal Oscar 188 Week: 06 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

To be completely honest, today did not go smoothly for Oscar. Basically, we woke up, ate morning chow, and then marched into our own mishap. Once again, many of us lost our military bearing. In this case, it was dozing off in class and talking. The rest of the day was spent in a shameful state. Pretty much had to march like upset kindergarteners with our heads down and our hands in our pockets.

New PQS on the way for marine inspectors – Coast Guard All Hands blog

New tools are on the way to ensure the tasks and steps a Coast Guard marine inspector or port state control officer will complete during an inspection are properly supported by performance qualification standards , training aids and vessel-specific job aids. The offshore supply vessel PQS is the first to get an updated PQS workbook and members pursuing their certification under the new standard will be encouraged to provide feedback to inform future reviews and updates.

Coast Guard Cutter Healy: Mission Update Aug. 18, 2013 – Coast Guard Alaska blog

We check in with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot Seattle-based polar icebreaker, as they continue their Arctic West Summer 2013 deployment. Republished with permission from Ensign Rebecca Follmer, a member of the ship’s operations department and public affairs officer aboard Healy.


Coast Guard investigating what caused fishing boat to run aground on Atlantic City beach – Press of Atlantic City

The U.S. Coast Guard continues to investigate what caused a 56-foot fishing vessel, which was not manned by its captain, to run aground on an Atlantic City beach late Sunday night.
Three individuals, including the captain, were aboard the Jessica Heather at about 11:10 p.m. when it ran aground, said Lt. Eric Leese, U.S.C.G. spokesman. Initial reports show the captain of the ship was not at the helm and that one of the two mates onboard was driving, and may have fallen asleep, Leese said

Two tugs: Coast Guard proposes regulation to follow law – Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial

Almost three years ago, Congress told the U.S. Coast Guard to adopt regulations as soon as possible to require two tugboat escorts for double-hull oil tankers in Prince William Sound.
This week, the Coast Guard released its “interim rule” implementing that law effective Sept. 18. Comments on the rule will be taken through Nov. 18.
Perhaps there was little urgency to get this rule done because all oil tankers traveling in the sound have had two tug escorts since 2008. It’s important to get this regulation in place, though. At present, the industry is providing two tugs simply because it’s prudent.


Dynamic Warm Up – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

Physical training instructors at Training Center Cape May, N.J., demonstrate a Dynamic Warm up, which is critical to warm up, stretch and prepare soft tissue prior to rigorous physical training. More than 30 percent of Coast Guard recruits at Training Center Cape May will suffer a minor injury during basic training, which most likely will result in rephasal or reversion to later weeks of training, and many of these injuries can be related to a lack of physical readiness by applicants.

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