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...

Coast Guard hoists man from jetty near Ilwaco, Wash.

Coast Guard hoists man from jetty near Ilwaco, Wash.
WARRENTON, Ore. — An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., hoisted one man after a vessel ran against the north jetty on the Columbia River near Ilwaco, Wash., Friday afternoon. There were no reports of pollution or major injuries. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, were contacted at approximately 12 p.m. via VHF-FM radio by four mariners whose 17-foot...

Coast Guard investigates incident of adrift barge in Columbia River

SEATTLE—The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating an incident involving a loaded grain barge that was found floating unlit and unmanned in the Columbia River late Friday night. At approximately 10 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., received a call from personnel at the Tidewater Barge facility indicating that one of their loaded grain barges was missing from...

Coast Guard announces public comment period, meetings regarding CRC project

Coast Guard announces public comment period, meetings regarding CRC project
SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard announced, Tuesday a 45-day public comment period extending until June 20, 2013, and two public meetings seeking input from the public regarding impacts to navigation as a result of the proposed project that includes construction of a new fixed bridge across the Columbia River between Vancouver, Wash., and Portland, Ore., that will replace the existing I-5 Bridge. The...

Coast Guard continues Operation Make Way

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard continues to actively enforce boating safety laws as part of Operation Make Way on the Columbia River this fall fishing season. Operation Make Way is a joint recreational boater education and enforcement campaign designed to help boaters understand the need to give way and stay clear of commercial deep draft vessels on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Recreational...

Davy Crockett Unified Command to begin cofferdam construction Friday

The barge, Davy Crocket, sits aground on the bank of the Columbia River near Camas, Wash. Photo by the Washington State Department of Ecology PORTLAND, Ore. — The Unified Command for operations to remove the barge Davy Crockett from the Columbia River will begin construction of a cofferdam around the vessel Friday. Contractors working on the response are mobilizing equipment and materials to...

Stern stabilization efforts nearly complete for barge Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer Eric J. Chandler. PORTLAND, Ore. — After a day of carefully pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of Columbia River water into two of its cargo holds, operations to stabilize the Davy Crockett stern are nearly complete. Once this step is complete, divers will be able to survey the stern tanks to investigate compartments that have yet to be assessed...

Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Sector Columbia River, closes multiple bar entrances

USCG File PhotoSEATTLE — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Sector Columbia River, in Astoria, Ore., has closed the Columbia River, Yaquina Bay, Ore., Siuslaw River, Ore., and Grays Harbor, Wash., bar entrances due to hazardous conditions, Tuesday. The bar closures are for all vessels and any request to transit the bars prior to re-opening must be approved by the Captain of the Port, Sector Columbia...

Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Sector Columbia River, closes multiple bar entrances

Tillamook Bar USCG File PhotoSEATTLE — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Sector Columbia River, in Astoria, Ore., has closed the Columbia River, Tillamook Bay, Ore., and Siuslaw River, Ore., bar entrances due to hazardous conditions, Saturday. The bar closures are for all vessels and any request to transit the bars prior to re-opening must be approved by the Captain of the Port, Sector Columbia...