US, Canadian Coast Guards end ice breaking in North Channel, assist with clearing Harsens Island ferry path

US, Canadian Coast Guards end ice breaking in North Channel, assist with clearing Harsens Island ferry path
DETROIT – After three days of concentrated effort, U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers concluded flushing operations and cleared two significant plugs in the St. Clair River as part of Operation Coal Shovel. The combined efforts of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay and Canadian Coast Guard ship Griffon and Canadian Coast Guard ship...

Coast Guard to clean, paint, repair lighthouse near Cheboygan

 Coast Guard to clean, paint, repair lighthouse near Cheboygan
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Coast Guard is proposing to conduct repairs on an active aid to navigation located near Cheboygan, Michigan, and is inviting the public to comment on the undertaking. The ATON is the 14-foot Shoal Light, located in a narrow strait between Bois Blanc Island and Cheboygan. Coast Guard crewmembers will conduct work that includes: repairing or replacing hinges on warped...

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw set for delivery of 1,200 Christmas trees for deserving families

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw set for delivery of 1,200 Christmas trees for deserving families
CHICAGO – The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, serving once again as this year’s “Christmas Ship” and loaded with more than 1,200 Christmas trees, is returning to Chicago for a two-day event re-enacting what was an annual Chicago tradition in the late 1800s and early 1900s. A welcoming for the Mackinaw, by the Chicago Christmas Ship Committee, is scheduled for Friday at 8 a.m. Chicago Fire...

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw assists boater in distress near Cross Village, Michigan

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw assists boater in distress near Cross Village, Michigan
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — A boat crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw came to the aid of a boater in distress on Lake Michigan Tuesday. At about 11:25 a.m., a watchstander at the Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie command center received a call over channel 16 from the owner of a 16-foot commercial fishing vessel stating his boat was disabled and adrift about three miles northwest of Cross...

Coast Guard continues to break ice as St. Lawrence Seaway opens, shipping season ramps up

Coast Guard continues to break ice as St. Lawrence Seaway opens, shipping season ramps up
CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard ice breakers are continuing to create pathways for commercial shippers throughout the Great Lakes region including the St. Lawrence Seaway, which connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. The St. Lawrence Seaway officially opened to shipping Monday, while the Welland Canal, which connects lakes Ontario and Erie, opened Friday. Coast...

Michigan-based Coast Guardsman named 2013 9th District Enlisted Person of the Year

Michigan-based Coast Guardsman named 2013 9th District Enlisted Person of the Year
CLEVELAND — A Michigan-based Coast Guardsman stationed aboard Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, a 240-foot ice-breaking buoy tender homeported in Cheboygan, Mich., was named the 2013 Coast Guard 9th District Enlisted Person of the Year, in an internal Coast Guard announcement Wednesday. Petty Officer 1st Class Zachary Rafoth will be formally recognized at his unit at a later date by a member of the 9th...

Coast Guardsman convicted of wrongful sexual contact, other charges during court-martial

Coast Guardsman convicted of wrongful sexual contact, other charges during court-martial
CLEVELAND — A Coast Guardsman accused of assault and other charges of the Uniform Code of Military Justice was sentenced to reduction in pay grade to E-5, restriction to Sector Lake Michigan for two months, forfeiture of $2,063 per month for one month, and a reprimand after pleading guilty Tuesday during a summary court-martial at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, in Milwaukee. Petty Officer 1st...

Coast Guard contains diesel fuel spill originating from Cutter Mackinaw

Coast Guard contains diesel fuel spill originating from Cutter Mackinaw
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard has contained all spilled diesel fuel from the Tuesday discharge that occurred while Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw was taking on fuel in the vicinity of the Ambassador Bridge in the Detroit River. The deployed sorbent boom recovered all but a residual amount of diesel before the boom became frozen in the ice. Coast Guard Sector Detroit and Marine Pollution Control contracted...

Coast Guard responds to diesel fuel spill originating from Cutter Mackinaw

Coast Guard responds to diesel fuel spill originating from Cutter Mackinaw
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard reported a diesel fuel discharge Tuesday afternoon from the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw while the ship was taking on fuel in the Detroit River in the vicinity of the Ambassador Bridge. The crew immediately secured the source of fuel and conducted initial clean-up operations onboard. Crewmembers also deployed boom around the fuel to prevent further spread. Coast Guard...