Coast Guard halts illegal charter in Longboat Pass

Coast Guard halts illegal charter in Longboat Pass
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — In conjunction with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 21-foot uninspected passenger vessel Friday near Longboat Pass. FWC observed the uninspected passenger vessel, which is only rated for six passengers, operating with seven passengers for hire and boarded the vessel. During the boarding, the FWC officer discovered...

Marine Safety Unit Chicago issues first towing vessel Certificate of Inspection

Marine Safety Unit Chicago issues first towing vessel Certificate of Inspection
CHICAGO – Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago issued the first Certificate of Inspection (COI) in its area of responsibility to the towing vessel PRENTISS BROWN, operated by Port City Marine Services, Friday. This is the Ninth District’s first Certificate of Inspection issued to a towing vessel under the new regulations and one of the first Coast Guard option COI’s issued nationwide. A...

Vancouver-based towing vessel receives first Certificate of Inspection on the U.S. West Coast

Vancouver-based towing vessel receives first Certificate of Inspection on the U.S. West Coast
PORTLAND, Ore. — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland issued an initial Certificate of Inspection to Tidewater Barge Lines’ towing vessel Crown Point that operates out of Vancouver, Washington, Thursday. This COI is the first of its kind on the U.S. West Coast issued to a towing vessel in accordance with the new inspected towing vessel regulations, referred to as Subchapter M. The Crown Point...

Coast Guard MSU Portland revokes stern-wheeler Willamette Queen’s certificate of inspection

Coast Guard MSU Portland revokes stern-wheeler Willamette Queen’s certificate of inspection
The Sternwheeler Willamette Queen moored at Riverfront Park in Salem, Oregon. Photo by Ian SanePORTLAND, Ore. — The Coast Guard revoked the certificate of inspection of the passenger vessel Willamette Queen Monday after the vessel’s owners failed to conduct a required out-of-water hull examination. Inspectors from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland have been working with the owner of the vessel...

Coast Guard clears Jacksonville water taxis to carry passengers

Coast Guard clears Jacksonville water taxis to carry passengers
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – U.S. Coast Guard vessel inspectors granted certificates of inspection to two Jacksonville, Florida, water taxis Thursday afternoon, meaning both vessels are cleared by the Coast Guard to operate and carry passengers in the St. Johns River. Inspectors arrived at the Jacksonville Landing about 9 a.m. and immediately began inspecting the Native Choice and Sea Charm I to ensure...

Coast Guard stops illegal charter boat operating on Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio — The Coast Guard stopped an illegal charter boat operation Saturday evening after a vessel captain unlawfully took six paying passengers fishing on Lake Erie near Marblehead, Ohio. A boarding team from Coast Guard Station Marblehead stopped the illegal fishing trip Saturday evening upon the vessel’s return from an all-day voyage on Lake Erie. The operator of the charter vessel had...