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...

Coast Guard reminds mariners to apply safety measures as Dungeness crab season begins

Coast Guard reminds mariners to apply safety measures as Dungeness crab season begins
52-foot Motor Life Boat Intrepid from Coast Guard Station Coos Bay file photo WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard is reminding commercial fishermen and the boating public to remember safe boating practices and honor crabber-towboat lane agreements as the presoak period for the commercial Dungeness crab season begins January 12 and the season begins January 15. Coast Guard safety teams have already...

Judge issues ruling for Coast Guard, suspends captain’s Merchant Mariner Credential

Judge issues ruling for Coast Guard, suspends captain’s Merchant Mariner Credential
PORTLAND, Ore. — An administrative law judge suspended the merchant mariner credential of the master of the Portland Spirit Monday, following an investigation by members of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland into an incident that occurred on the Willamette River, Oct. 29, 2017. The Honorable George Jordan, Coast Guard administrative law judge for this case, found in favor of the allegations...

Coast Guard responds to passenger vessel engine fire near The Dalles, Oregon

Coast Guard responds to passenger vessel engine fire near The Dalles, Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. — Members from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland responded to a report of an engine fire aboard the passenger vessel American Empress after it experienced a significant machinery malfunction while preparing to moor near The Dalles, Oregon, Thursday evening. The American Empress will remain moored in The Dalles for the initial Coast Guard investigation and until plans for repairs...