Coast Guard host workshop to discuss safe operation of commercial passenger vessels

Coast Guard host workshop to discuss  safe operation of commercial passenger vessels
CHICAGO — Representatives from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago and the Chicago Harbor Safety Committee co-hosted a workshop for mariners and the boating public interested in learning how to comply with federal regulations when renting a boat, bringing paying passengers aboard, or when operating as a chartered boat, Saturday. The workshop coincided with the start of National Safe Boating Week,...

Coast Guard issues Chicago mariner $80,000 fine for operating illegal passenger vessel

Coast Guard issues Chicago mariner $80,000 fine for operating illegal passenger vessel
Members of a Coast Guard boarding team embark on the 35-foot pleasure boat, Fun, on Lake Michigan off of Chicago, June 9, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) CHICAGO — Representatives from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago announced that the owner of two recreational pleasure boats has been fined $80,000 for operating as an illegal passenger vessel business on Lake Michigan for at least the past...

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...

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...

Coast Guard warns of illegally renting, chartering boats in Chicago

Coast Guard warns of illegally renting, chartering boats in Chicago
CHICAGO — The Coast Guard in Chicago is stepping up efforts to educate boat owners and operators who are illegally renting their recreational boats, and warning those who elect to do so about the fines and other consequences. In addition, passengers are being alerted to potential dangers of renting or chartering a boat from someone who is not licensed or certified, and advised to be vigilant and...

Coast Guard locates vessel with 49 people lost in heavy fog off Navy Pier

Coast Guard locates vessel with 49 people lost in heavy fog off Navy Pier
Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker. CHICAGO — The Coast Guard located a motor vessel with 49 people aboard after one of the passengers called 911 stating she was concerned that the operator had become disoriented in heavy fog off of Navy Pier near the Chicago Harbor breakwall, Saturday. Shortly before 11 p.m., a watchstander in the Coast Guard...

Chicago Coast Guard units host training seminar to discuss illegal boating on Great Lakes

Chicago Coast Guard units host training seminar to discuss illegal boating on Great Lakes
Cmdr. Zeita Merchant, commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago, discusses issues related to illegal charter boating during a training seminar in Chicago, May 17, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Alan Haraf) CHICAGO — Chicago Coast Guard units hosted a week-long training seminar for Coast Guard stations, prevention departments and intelligence divisions from around...

Chicago Coast Guard units honored by Chicago Federal Executive Board

Chicago Coast Guard units honored by Chicago Federal Executive Board
Chief Warrant Officer Matthew James, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Calumet Harbor, and Cmdr. Zeita Merchant, commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago, accept the 2018 Federal Agency of the Year Award from the Chicago Federal Executive Board  May 10, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf) CHICAGO — The U.S. Coast Guard was recognized...

Coast Guard announces civil penalty for illegal charter operation on Lake Michigan

Coast Guard announces civil penalty for illegal charter operation on Lake Michigan
CHICAGO – A U.S. Coast Guard Hearing Officer imposed a $14,000 civil penalty to Jim Finnegan of Prospect Heights, Illinois on March 19, 2018 for operating a commercial passenger vessel in violation of federal regulations. As part of a concerted effort by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, officials were able to determine that on July 29, 2017, Finnegan operated...