International Maritime Organization approves U.S.-Russian proposal for Bering Strait routing measures

International Maritime Organization approves U.S.-Russian proposal for Bering Strait routing measures
WASHINGTON — The International Maritime Organization approved the Bering Strait and Bering Sea ship routing measures proposed by the United States and Russian Federation. Taking effect Dec. 1, 2018, the six two-way routes and six precautionary areas are the first internationally recognized ship routing measures the IMO has approved for polar waters. In November 2017, the U.S. and Russia proposed...

Coast Guard deploys assets to Cold Bay, Alaska, for opilio crab fishing season

Coast Guard deploys assets to Cold Bay, Alaska, for opilio crab fishing season
KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and support personnel are scheduled to deploy to their forward operating location in Cold Bay, to safeguard mariners in Southwest Alaska, Saturday. With an increased number of vessels operating in the region during the winter and spring seasons for the opilio crab fishery, the deployed Coast Guard aircrews will be able...

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell returns from 92-day deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell returns from 92-day deployment
SAN DIEGO –  U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell returned home to San Diego after a three-month deployment to the Bering Sea, Thursday morning. During this deployment, the Boutwell’s crew conducted fisheries enforcement boardings on commercial fishing vessels and patrolled the Maritime Boundary Line between Russia and the United States.  Maritime Boundary Line patrols serve to deter illegal...

Cargo vessels seek shelter from storm in the Bering Sea

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port for Western Alaska has granted storm avoidance requests for five foreign cargo vessels experiencing 27-31 foot waves, winds of more than 55 mph with reported gusts up to 100 mph, while transiting along the great circle route north of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands Tuesday. The five vessels ranging from 500 to over 1,000 feet in length have sought...

Coast Guard medevacs Bering Sea fisherman

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed in Cold Bay medevaced a 30-year-old crewman with a reported eye injury from the 124-foot fishing vessel Clipper Surprise more than 50 miles north of Dutch Harbor Monday.

U.S. To Commence Homeland Security Patrols in the Arctic

JUNEAU, Alaska — Reminiscent of the 19th Century Revenue Cutter Bering Sea patrols, this month the Coast Guard is extending High Endurance cutter operations from the Bering Sea into the Chukchi Sea, the Beaufort Sea, and the Arctic Ocean. This operation supports the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to extend maritime safety and security to the Arctic region in the face of retreating...