Coast Guard closes portion of Illinois River due to marine incident

PEORIA, Ill. — The Coast Guard has closed the Illinois River from mile marker 160 to mile marker 165 in response to a marine incident involving the motor vessel Richard Sibes and a 40-foot pleasure craft carrying seven people at 4:30 p.m. Monday.

Coast Guard reopens Mississippi and Illinois rivers to recreational boat traffic

ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard has re-opened the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to all recreational vessel traffic. The Coast Guard is requesting that boats transiting on the Illinois River between Beardstown, Ill., and Kingston, Ill., to proceed at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake damage.

Coast Guard prohibits recreational vessel traffic on parts of Mississippi, Illinois rivers

ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard has closed portions of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to all recreational vessel traffic due to safety concerns associated with high water levels today. The following sections are closed to all recreational vessel traffic:

Navigation restricted on the Mississippi River following vessel sinking

St. LOUIS – The Coast Guard has lifted the operating restrictions on the Upper Mississippi River from mile marker 194.5 to 197.5 which were established in response to the sinking of the tug boat Hartford Beaver at mile marker 196.5 Wednesday, March 11.

Navigation restricted on the Mississippi River following vessel sinking

ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard has established a temporary Safety Zone on the Upper Mississippi River to all vessel traffic from the Chain of Rocks Lock & Dam at mile marker 185.5 to mile marker 197.5 following the sinking of the tug boat Hartford Beaver at mile marker 197 earlier today. Vessel traffic is permitted to transit with restrictions through the area.

Coast Guard helicopter crew assists with river evaluations

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich., assisted local industry and Coast Guard representatives in evaluating the severity of icing on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, Feb. 4, 2009.

TWIC compliance deadline approaching

St. Louis – The Coast Guard is reminding the maritime community in the Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River zone that the deadline for regulated facilities to comply with the Transportation Workers Identification Credentials (TWIC) security guidelines is Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. Beginning that day, the Coast Guard will begin enforcement of the new regulations.

No discrepancies during Operation Big Tow on Upper Mississippi

ST. LOUIS – Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River have contacted and safety-checked more than 74 towing vessels and examined 310 mariner licenses and have found no discrepancies in the early phases of Operation Big Tow in the upper Mississippi River region.

Operation Big Tow begins on the upper Mississippi River

ST. LOUIS – The Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River and other Coast Guard units, along the Western River System began Operation Big Tow today, an operation to ensure towing vessels are being operated by properly licensed individuals through a combination of vessel safety checks and verbal “call in” checks.