Coast Guard cites fishing vessel operator for negligence on Columbia River

Coast Guard cites fishing vessel operator for negligence on Columbia River
ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard issued a Notice of Violation to the owner and master aboard a 48-foot commercial fishing vessel for negligence while operating in conditions of restricted visibility and a failure to maintain a proper lookout Monday in the vicinity of Buoy No. 8 of the Columbia River navigation channel. The commercial fishing vessel was operating outbound on the Oregon side of the...

Coast Guard urges safety for upcoming Dungeness crab season

Coast Guard urges safety for upcoming Dungeness crab season
A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment prepares to enter the surf zone off the Washington Coast. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier) SEATTLE — The Coast Guard urges commercial fishermen to ensure vessel safety to prevent maritime emergencies before the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season scheduled to begin Sunday with the Pre-Soak. Marine...

Coast Guard urges safety for the 2020-2021 Dungeness crab season

Coast Guard urges safety for the 2020-2021 Dungeness crab season
SEATTLE — The Coast Guard urges commercial fishermen to ensure vessel safety to prevent maritime emergencies before the opening of the Dungeness crab season scheduled to begin Dec.16. Marine Investigators from Marine Safety Unit Portland have responded to over 95 marine casualties involving commercial fishing vessels so far this year. The term “marine casualty” is often misunderstood by mariners...

Coast Guard seeks information on capsizing of fishing vessel Aquarius

Coast Guard seeks information on capsizing of fishing vessel Aquarius
PORTLAND, Ore. — Coast Guard investigators are seeking public information regarding the loss of two lives following the sinking of the commercial fishing vessel Aquarius, which capsized off Florence on June 29. Anyone with information pertaining to the incident is encouraged to provide information to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland investigation team at: Pdxio@uscg.mil Please include...

Coast Guard Responds to Bonneville Lock closure

Coast Guard Responds to Bonneville Lock closure
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Coast Guard is closely monitoring the impact on vessel traffic Monday due to the extended closure of a lock on the Columbia River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers placed the Bonneville Navigation Lock out of service Friday after discovering a mechanical issue. The lock has been drained and inspected, and repairs to damaged concrete are still in progress. Coast Guard Sector...

Coast Guard reminds boaters not to block navigational channel during Blues Festival

Coast Guard reminds boaters not to block navigational channel during Blues Festival
PORTLAND, Ore. — Coast Guard crews are reminding boaters and other waterway users in the Portland and Vancouver, Washington, area to keep the navigational channel open during the Blues Festival scheduled from Thursday through Sunday. The annual Blues Festival regularly brings a large amount of recreational vessel traffic in the vicinity of Waterfront Park between the Hawthorne Bridge and the Marquam...

Coast Guard protects Columbia River ports with safety exams of foreign vessels

Coast Guard protects Columbia River ports with safety exams of foreign vessels
Petty Officers Billy Lemos, Eric Kelley, Sarah Jacobs and Julie Imagane, marine science technicians at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, review documents about the vessel Morning Catherine at the beginning of a Port State Control exam at the Port of Portland, Ore. PORTLAND, Ore. – The Coast Guard has detained seven foreign vessels since November 2018, due to discrepancies found during Port...

Coast Guard announces formal investigation into fishing vessel Mary B II capsizing

Coast Guard announces formal investigation into fishing vessel Mary B II capsizing
SEATTLE – The Coast Guard announced today a formal marine casualty investigation has been convened into the marine casualty of the fishing vessel Mary B II which capsized off Newport, Oregon, January 9, 2019, resulting in the loss of three lives and loss of the vessel. Rear Adm. David Throop, Coast Guard 13th District Commander, authorized the investigation pursuant to the authority contained in...

Coast Guard readies commercial fishermen for safe crab season

Coast Guard readies commercial fishermen for safe crab season
Mike Rudolph (yellow gloves), a fishing vessel safety examiner from the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit Portland, teaches students how to move around more efficiently in their survival suits during an 18-hour drill conductor’s course in Newport, Oregon. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford. WARRENTON, Ore. — Coast Guard personnel have worked with many members...