Coast Guard to hold public meetings about anchorages in Cape Charles, Va.

Coast Guard to hold public meetings about anchorages in Cape Charles, Va.
CAPE CHARLES, Va. — The Coast Guard plans to hold several meetings in Norfolk and Cape Charles in June and July to invite public comment about the proposed creation and relocation of two Cape Charles anchorages. The Coast Guard proposes establishing a new anchorage further offshore Cape Charles and relocating a preexisting anchorage to a more secluded location on the southern Chesapeake Bay. This...

Coast Guard assists boaters stranded on island in Chesapeake Bay

Coast Guard assists boaters stranded on island in Chesapeake Bay
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, arrives to assist two boaters stranded on Adam Island in the Chesapeake Bay, April 29, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kensuke Caldwell) BALTIMORE — A Coast Guard aircrew safely recovered two men stranded on Adam Island in the Chesapeake Bay this morning. The men intentionally ran...

Coast Guard issues severe weather advisory for Port of Virginia

Coast Guard issues severe weather advisory for Port of Virginia
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Captain of the Port Hampton Roads has imposed restrictions due to onset of storm force winds and heavy seas at the entrance to Chesapeake Bay Friday. Effective at 3 a.m. Friday, no vessels may enter or depart Chesapeake Bay, and no vessels over 2,000 gross tons may move within the port without obtaining permission from the COTP or his designated representative. These restrictions...

Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-Ray for Maryland-National Capital Region

Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-Ray for Maryland-National Capital Region
BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard strongly urges mariners and members of the maritime community within the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland coast to prepare a strong incoming storm system Friday. With forecasted winds of 28-40 mph and gust up to 63 mph, the Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region Captain of the Port is setting Port Condition X-Ray. Port conditions and restrictions can be found...

Coast Guard to analyze comments on proposed anchorage grounds in Chesapeake Bay

Coast Guard to analyze comments on proposed anchorage grounds in Chesapeake Bay
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard plans to analyze comments received in response to the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) titled “Anchorage Grounds; Lower Chesapeake Bay, Cape Charles, VA, (81 FR 22939)” released on April 19, 2016, to better understand public sentiment and concerns regarding the proposed rulemaking. The Coast Guard published the ANPRM to raise awareness...

Captain of the Port sets waterway restrictions on upper Chesapeake Bay due to ice

Captain of the Port sets waterway restrictions on upper Chesapeake Bay due to ice
BALTIMORE — Recreational boat traffic is temporarily restricted in part of the upper Chesapeake Bay Friday due to dangers associated with icing conditions. Transit through the restricted area is open only to boats with steel hulls. The restrictions are designed to prevent mishaps during periods of heavy icing conditions. Steel-hulled ships may transit through the upper Chesapeake Bay within an...

Coast Guard warns Chesapeake Bay boaters of floating debris

BALTIMORE — With recent heavy rains and the associated flooding, the Coast Guard is warning boaters about the debris hazards in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Mariners are cautioned to be aware of their surroundings and use extra vigilance while transiting through the bay. Debris such as logs, fallen trees and metal cylinders have washed into the bay and may pose a hazard to navigation. Some...

Money from fined cargo company helps Chesapeake Bay

On April 22, 2011, during Earth Month, millions of environmentally conscious volunteers did their part in the celebration of Earth Day by taking a day off work to help clean up the environment. Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment. While this first Earth Day was focused on the United States, it is now coordinated globally...

Coast Guard warns boaters of illegal charter boats

BALTIMORE — Coast Guard Sector Baltimore cautions passengers who pay to go fishing in the Chesapeake Bay during the 2011 fishing season to avoid boats that do not have licensed captains, and in some cases, have not been inspected by the Coast Guard. According to Coast Guard investigators, the number of vessels reported to be illegally charging to carry people has increased over the last two years...