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...

Coast Guard fines boat passenger for rail jumping

Coast Guard fines boat passenger for rail jumping
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Coast Guard issued a $5,000 fine, November 14, to a passenger who jumped overboard off a small entertainment vessel into the Columbia River near Columbia Point Marina, in Richland, Washington, June 16, 2018. The fine is the Coast Guard response to action taken from an investigative report provided by the Benton County Sheriff’s Department who responded to the scene after...

Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell welcomes new commanding officer

Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell welcomes new commanding officer
Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Boss salutes Chief Warrant Officer Joel “Brandon” Henderson as he transfers command of the Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell to Henderson as Rear Adm. David Throop at Marine Safety Unit Portland, July 12, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. PORTLAND, Ore. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell received a new commanding...

Coast Guard investigating serious marine incident at the Port of Longview

Coast Guard investigating serious marine incident at the Port of Longview
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into a serious marine incident that occurred at the Port of Longview Terminal 5, in Washington, early Thursday morning. Investigators from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland have been at the scene of the incident where a mooring line parted killing one dockworker, seriously injuring the vessel’s chief officer and injuring two others. Watchstanders...

Vancouver-based towing vessel receives first Certificate of Inspection on the U.S. West Coast

Vancouver-based towing vessel receives first Certificate of Inspection on the U.S. West Coast
PORTLAND, Ore. — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland issued an initial Certificate of Inspection to Tidewater Barge Lines’ towing vessel Crown Point that operates out of Vancouver, Washington, Thursday. This COI is the first of its kind on the U.S. West Coast issued to a towing vessel in accordance with the new inspected towing vessel regulations, referred to as Subchapter M. The Crown Point...

Coast Guard monitors multi-day transit of vessel after explosion

Coast Guard monitors multi-day transit of vessel after explosion
PORTLAND, Ore. — Coast Guard personnel are monitoring a 653-foot bulk carrier, with 21 crew members aboard, 120 miles west of the Columbia River entrance after main diesel engine components malfunctioned onboard and caused a localized explosion, Thursday. The crew of the bulk carrier Federal Iris enacted emergency salvage operations and contracted the crew of the emergency response towing vessel,...

28 accidents reported since crab season began off Oregon, Washington

28 accidents reported since crab season began off Oregon, Washington
PORTLAND, Ore. — Since the commercial Dungeness crab season began on January 15th, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland marine investigators have responded to 28 marine accidents involving commercial fishing vessels, with no reported deaths or serious injuries. Since the start of the season, Marine Safety Unit Portland personnel responded to an average of one marine accident per day, causalities...