Coast Guard to set safety zone for salvage operations in Columbia River

Coast Guard to set safety zone for salvage operations in Columbia River
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to establish a safety zone to assist with salvage efforts on the Columbia River beginning Friday morning. Operations to remove the sunken tug ‘Diane’ will begin Friday after sunrise and is scheduled to take three days to complete, with all work being done during daylight hours. To mitigate the risks associated with the recovery effort, the...

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. googletag.cmd.push(function()...

Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to large sheen on the Columbia River

Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to large sheen on the Columbia River
A sheen is pictured by a Coast Guard member aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sector Columbia River during an overflight of the river between Washington and Oregon, Oct. 24, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Columbia River. ASTORIA, Ore. — Coast Guard, Washington Department of Ecology and Oregon Department of Environment Quality personnel are responding to a large sheen on the...

Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary to patrol Columbia River as salmon run ramps up

Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary to patrol Columbia River as salmon run ramps up
A Coast Guard Auxiliary member passes out boating safety information to a boater preparing to launch his personal fishing vessel at the boat launch in the Port of Chinook, Wash., Aug 17, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Lilburn. WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are conducting routine patrols on the Columbia River as the Buoy 10 salmon season...

Oil sheen response continues in Astoria, Oregon

Oil sheen response continues in Astoria, Oregon
An oil sheen can be seen trailing from under a dilapidated pier near the Cannery Pier Hotel in downtown Astoria, Oregon, Jan. 20, 2018.U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Columbia River aircrew. ASTORIA — Coast Guard and local salvage personnel continue cleanup of oil sheen on the Columbia River near Astoria, Monday. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River’s Incident Management Division team...

Coast Guard modifies safety zone on the Columbia River

Coast Guard modifies safety zone on the Columbia River
DEPOE BAY, Ore. — The Coast Guard safety zone established Tuesday restricting vessels for a portion of the Columbia River has been updated and now extends from river mile 126 to 185 (east of Reed Island to the vicinity of the Dalles). Watercraft are allowed in parts of the restricted area, but are required to stay 500 yards away from aircraft engaged in water removal operations, and the river is...

Coast Guard closes Columbia River east of Portland due to area forest fires

Coast Guard closes Columbia River east of Portland due to area forest fires
WARRENTON, Ore. — In response to impacts of the Eagle Creek Fire in Central Oregon, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port for the Columbia River established a safety zone Tuesday closing the river to all vessel traffic east of Portland from mile marker 126 to 146. The safety zone, placed in effect at 4:30 p.m., is in effect through the night to protect personnel, vessels and the marine environment...

Coast Guard monitoring vessel grounding in Columbia River

Coast Guard monitoring vessel grounding in Columbia River
A tug helps stabalize the motor vessel Sparna while the Sparna awaits repairs after it reportedly ran aground in the Columbia River near Cathlamet, Wash., March 21, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read) WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard is closely monitoring a grounded vessel in the main shipping channel of the Columbia River Monday morning, after the 623-foot bulk...

Keeping mariners safe on the Northwest’s high desert

Keeping mariners safe on the Northwest's high desert
Story and photos by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley. Imagine being recently out of basic training and new to a unit. Its early morning and you find yourself harnessed in cliffside conducting maintenance on a navigational aid when you are greeted by the sound of hundreds of small leathery wings. For Fireman Abby Hamann that experience defined her first visit to the Snake River. “I was up on this...