Coast Guard

The Coast Guard enforces federal laws on the high seas and waters within U.S. territorial jurisdiction, develops and operates aids to navigation and maintains a network of lifeboat and search-and-rescue stations using surface vessels and aircraft.

Coast Guard updates megayacht requirements

Megayacht crews can breathe a sigh of relief that changes that would affect them in the proposed 2011 amendments to the U.S. Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping appear relatively modest, industry sources say. “At this point I believe that the impact will be less significant than with the original [Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking],”…more

Coast Guard reopens section of Missouri River

A 256-mile portion of the lower Missouri River reopened to all boat traffic Thursday for the first time since June. The Coast Guard and the Kansas City District of the Army Corps of Engineers opened the river from mile marker 0.0 to mile marker 256.0, which encompasses the area from St. Louis to Brunswick, Mo.,…more

NTSB: High speed played role in Coast Guard crash

The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday determined that the probable cause of a 2009 collision in San Diego Bay between a Coast Guard patrol boat and a recreational powerboat was the excessive speed of the Coast Guard boat in nighttime conditions in an area of high vessel density. The board also attributed the accident to…more

Coast Guard seeks boating safety council members

The Coast Guard is seeking applications for membership on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council, which advises the Secretary of Homeland Security through the Coast Guard on major boating safety matters. The council’s 21 members are state officials responsible for boating safety programs, representatives of recreational vessel and equipment manufacturers, representatives of national recreational boating…more

Operation Dry Water starts Friday

Operation Dry Water, which begins Friday, is a national weekend of boating-under-the-influence education and enforcement aimed at reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities. Held each year during the weekend before Independence Day, Operation Dry Water is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in partnership with the states, the Coast Guard…more

Boating deaths hit record low in 2010

The Coast Guard announced its official 2010 recreational boating statistics Wednesday and said deaths fell to a record low of 672. The 2010 record is four fatalities fewer than the previous low in 2004 and is 26 deaths lower than the average for the last 10 years. Although the drop is a positive sign, the…more

Coast Guard weighs engine-cutoff switch regulation

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment about whether changes are needed to the regulations covering standard safety features on certain recreational vessels. Specifically, the Coast Guard wants comments about whether it should require engine cutoff switches as a standard safety feature on propulsion machinery and/or starting controls installed on vessels less than 26 feet…more


Coast Guard launches new sail training vessel

NEW LONDON, Conn. — In comfortable spring conditions under a clear blue sky, the first Morris Yachts-built Leadership 44 was christened and launched Thursday at the Coast Guard Academy. Shearwater is the first of eight L44s that Trenton, Maine-based Morris Yachts is building to replace the four 46-year-old Luders 44 yawls in the academy’s Coastal…more

Coast Guard schedules launch of sail training vessel

The Coast Guard Foundation, the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association, the Coast Guard Academy Parents Association and the Coast Guard Academy will host the christening and launch of the academy’s new sail training vessel, L44-01 Shearwater, June 2 at the Coast Guard Academy waterfront in New London, Conn. As part of the Leadership 44 Campaign,…more

U.S. Customs unveils vessel reporting system

U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announced the availability of the Small Vessel Reporting System to the northern border, New England, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The online reporting tool is a voluntary program and will expedite the entry process for participating boaters coming back into the United States. The system will…more

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