Coast Guard Investigative Service appoints new special agent in charge for Southeast region

Coast Guard Investigative Service appoints new special agent in charge for Southeast region
Zinnia James, the new Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent in charge as of Oct. 1, 2018. (Coast Guard Photo) MIAMI — The Coast Guard Investigative Service appointed the new special agent in charge for Coast Guard Investigative Service Southeast Region, Oct. 10. Appointed was, Zinnia James, Coast Guard Investigative Service special agent, who is the first Hispanic woman to serve as a special...

German shipping company fined $3.2 million for hiding deliberate oil pollution

German shipping company fined $3.2 million for hiding deliberate oil pollution
Portland, Maine – A German shipping company, MST Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport GmbH (MST), pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday in Portland, Maine, for obstruction of justice and for maintaining false official records to conceal deliberate pollution from one of its ships, the M/V Marguerita, announced Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey B. Clark for the Justice Department’s...

Chicago Coast Guard, partners crack down on illegal charters

Chicago Coast Guard, partners crack down on illegal charters
Boarding officers from Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor prepare to approach a boat operator on Lake Michigan. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf) CHICAGO ― The Coast Guard and Chicago-area partner agencies, including the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Chicago Police Marine Unit, cracked down on boat owners and operators conducting illegal charter...

Coast Guard investigates fishing vessel for discharging oil in Canadian waters

Coast Guard investigates fishing vessel for discharging oil in Canadian waters
JUNEAU, Alaska – Investigators from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage and Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor, and Coast Guard Investigative Service agents are investigating the fishing vessel Mark I for knowingly discharging oil overboard in Canadian waters. A Transport Canada aircrew detected the Mark I transiting through the Canadian exclusive economic zone 97-miles off of Cape St. James,...

Coast Guard, partner agencies participate in joint law enforcement operation

Coast Guard, partner agencies participate in joint law enforcement operation
Petty Officer 1st Class Devon Waite, a member of Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego (91109), and canine Bingo conduct a vehicle sweep aboard the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry vessel Tustumena in Kodiak, Alaska, June 27, 2018.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Dean. JUNEAU, Alaska – Law enforcement authorities from the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Investigative...

Coast Guard halts illegal charter operations after rescuing 2 near Fisher Island

Coast Guard halts illegal charter operations after rescuing 2 near Fisher Island
Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement file photo MIAMI — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of the 35-foot pleasure craft Catviar near Fisher Island after two people from the Catviar were rescued from the water by a good Samaritan Saturday. A Coast Guard Station Miami 33-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew arrived on scene after the rescue, and conducted the...

Coast Guard terminates voyage of passenger vessel operating in Whittier, Alaska

Coast Guard terminates voyage of passenger vessel operating in Whittier, Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a vessel illegally carrying passengers for hire operating out of Whittier Friday. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port Valdez ordered the Pacific Provider to return to its port of origin in Whittier. Two passengers provided statements to a Coast Guard Station Valdez boarding team that they paid for a trip on the Pacific Provider. The...

Oregon man charged, arrested for making false mayday calls to Coast Guard

Oregon man charged, arrested for making false mayday calls to Coast Guard
PORTLAND, Ore. — The U.S. District Court in Oregon has unsealed a five-count indictment alleging Bud O’Neil Burkleo, 35, of Warrenton, Oregon, made false mayday calls to the Coast Guard during a seven-month span in 2016 prompting numerous rescue responses. Burkleo was arrested Friday morning in Warrenton without incident and made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta,...

Coast Guard seeks public information after laser strike hits Port Angeles aircrew

Coast Guard seeks public information after laser strike hits Port Angeles aircrew
PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The Coast Guard seeks information from the public to locate a suspect or suspects who pointed a green laser light at a Coast Guard helicopter crew conducting training at Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, Wednesday evening. The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew safely landed after they were hit by a laser multiple times. The aircrew conducted visual acuity...