Coast Guard closes portion of Ohio River

Coast Guard closes portion of Ohio River
PADUCAH, Ky. — The U.S. Coast Guard closed a portion of the Ohio River due to construction on Lock and Dam 52, Wednesday. The Ohio River is closed to all vessel traffic at Lock 52, mile marker 939, near Paducah, Kentucky. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun raising the wickets on the dam. The Coast Guard urges mariners to monitor VHF-FM channels 16 and 22. Mariners can also contact the lockmaster...

Coast Guard closes portion of Upper Mississippi River

Coast Guard closes portion of Upper Mississippi River
HANNIBAL, Mo. — The U.S. Coast Guard closed a portion of the Upper Mississippi River due to dredging operations, Friday. The Upper Mississippi River is closed to all vessel traffic from mile marker 306.4 to mile marker 306.6, near Hannibal. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun emergency dredging after a vessel ran aground in the vicinity, Friday. The Coast Guard urges mariners to monitor VHF-FM...

Coast Guard loosens Fort Pierce safety zone for recreational and commercial boaters

Coast Guard loosens Fort Pierce safety zone for recreational and commercial boaters
MIAMI — The Coast Guard has made a change in the Fort Pierce Inlet safety zone Saturday afternoon. Recreational and commercial vessels with less than 25-foot draft are now allowed to transit through the Fort Pierce Inlet safety zone. All other persons and vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within any of the safety zone unless authorized by the Captain...

Army Corps of Engineers partners with US Coast Guard to save time and money

Army Corps of Engineers partners with US Coast Guard to save time and money
GALVESTON, Texas – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard to provide maintenance dredging, construction oversight, environmental coordination and hydrographic surveying services for nine U.S. Coast Guard stations located along the Texas coast, increasing navigation safety while saving taxpayers thousands of dollars annually. “After learning that...

Coast Guard opens Mississippi River with safety restrictions after tug boat sinks

Coast Guard opens Mississippi River with safety restrictions after tug boat sinks
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard has re-opened the Mississippi River above Head of Passes after determining it to be safe for navigation, Sunday. Survey operations are ongoing in an effort to locate the sunken 48-foot tug boat C-Pec between mile marker eight and Head of Passes. Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Lower Mississippi River will continue to implement vessel traffic management measures to...

Coast Guard closes Mississippi River above Head of Passes after tug boat sinks

Coast Guard closes Mississippi River above Head of Passes after tug boat sinks
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard has closed the Mississippi River above Head of Passes in response to a sunken vessel, Saturday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 12:10 p.m. from a passenger vessel near the 48-foot tug boat C-Pec that capsized and sank in the river at mile marker eight above Head of Passes near Venice. Sector New Orleans deployed a 29-foot Response...

Sunken tug Hammond Bay successfully salvaged from St. Marys River

Sunken tug Hammond Bay successfully salvaged from St. Marys River
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Coast Guard oversaw the response and salvage Wednesday afternoon as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers successfully refloated the tug Hammond Bay, which sank in the St. Marys River Monday morning. The cause of the sinking of the tug is unknown and under investigation. The tug was lifted out of the water by the crane barge Harvey as traffic along the St. Marys River...

Coast Guard response to sunken tug in St. Marys River continues

Coast Guard response to sunken tug in St. Marys River continues
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Coast Guard crews are continuing to respond Monday to a tug that sank in the upper St. Marys River and has been located near lighted buoy 35. At 3:30 a.m., a search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., was contacted by the crew of the tug Bill Maier, which was towing three barges and the tug Hammond Bay when the crew lost sight of the Hammond...

Marseilles Dam repairs require drawdown of navigation pool

Marseilles Dam repairs require drawdown of navigation pool
MARSEILLES, Ill. — In order to facilitate further repair work at Marseilles Dam, the Unified Command has announced plans for a 4-foot drawdown of the Marseilles navigation pool to be executed Friday. The Marseilles Dam was damaged during an incident April 18 when seven barges broke loose from a tow during historic flooding on the Illinois River. Four of the seven barges have been removed through...