Coast Guard issues Chicago mariner $80,000 fine for operating illegal passenger vessel

Coast Guard issues Chicago mariner $80,000 fine for operating illegal passenger vessel
Members of a Coast Guard boarding team embark on the 35-foot pleasure boat, Fun, on Lake Michigan off of Chicago, June 9, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) CHICAGO — Representatives from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago announced that the owner of two recreational pleasure boats has been fined $80,000 for operating as an illegal passenger vessel business on Lake Michigan for at least the past...

Chicago Coast Guard units host training seminar to discuss illegal boating on Great Lakes

Chicago Coast Guard units host training seminar to discuss illegal boating on Great Lakes
Cmdr. Zeita Merchant, commanding officer of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago, discusses issues related to illegal charter boating during a training seminar in Chicago, May 17, 2018.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Alan Haraf) CHICAGO — Chicago Coast Guard units hosted a week-long training seminar for Coast Guard stations, prevention departments and intelligence divisions from around...

Coast Guard announces civil penalty for illegal charter operation on Lake Michigan

Coast Guard announces civil penalty for illegal charter operation on Lake Michigan
CHICAGO – A U.S. Coast Guard Hearing Officer imposed a $14,000 civil penalty to Jim Finnegan of Prospect Heights, Illinois on March 19, 2018 for operating a commercial passenger vessel in violation of federal regulations. As part of a concerted effort by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, officials were able to determine that on July 29, 2017, Finnegan operated...

Coast Guard, local partners terminate illegal boat charter operations

Coast Guard, local partners terminate illegal boat charter operations
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard verify proper documentation and interview a boat operator and deckhand during a safety inspection at Monroe Harbor in Chicago, Aug. 19, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Alan Haraf) CHICAGO — During the past two weeks, the U.S. Coast Guard and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) boarded 39 boats in the Chicago area, terminating...

Coast Guard announces temporary vessel traffic restrictions on Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal

CHICAGO – The Coast Guard announces temporary waterway restrictions for vessel traffic on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Oct. 19-21. These vessel traffic restrictions are necessary to facilitate fish sampling by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in their efforts to prevent the passage of Asian carp into the Great Lakes. These temporary restrictions to vessel traffic will allow the...