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.

Supplier offers new charts of Cuban coast

Nv-charts, a global supplier of precision charting products, extended its coverage and is producing new chart regions for the north coast of Cuba. The coverage is divided into two regions; the northwest coast chart set is region 10.2, and the northeast coast is region 10.1. “Cruisers interested in visiting Cuba and navigating the northern coast…more

Coast Guard weight restriction goes into effect

As of Dec. 1, the Coast Guard’s calculated vessel capacity has changed, based on an assumed higher average weight of passengers. Since 1960, the Coast Guard has calculated vessels’ capacity using an assumed average weight per person of 160 pounds. An amended federal rule that took effect this month recalibrated the average weight of a…more

Mustang Survival voluntarily recalls PFDs

The Coast Guard has issued a safety alert urging boaters to check their Mustang Survival PFDs. Mustang Survival is voluntarily recalling all model number MD2010 and MD2012 inflatable PFDs sold in the United States this year. The recall is being issued for the inspection and repair of an inflator installation inconsistency that may prevent some…more

National campaign raises funds for cleanup vessel

Marinas, yacht clubs, boat dealers, fishing clubs, marine equipment companies and others in the U.S. marine industry are sponsoring fundraising parties to help launch the Wounded Nature Working Veterans’ Coast Guard boat. On an average day, the Coast Guard saves 12 lives, responds to 64 search-and-rescue cases and investigates 13 marine accidents and 10 pollution…more

New marine website and blog go online

Spade Anchor USA recently launched a new and improved website. The new site now contains more information about Spade anchors, as well as frequently asked questions, information about how to choose the correct anchor, a technical section and dealer locations. Coming soon to the site is a photo gallery where owners can upload pictures. SeaTech…more

Coast Guard suspends Sea Tow operator’s license

Coast Guard officials Monday suspended the license of the operator of a Virginia commercial assistance towing vessel who was involved in a fatal boating collision last fall. The collision occurred Oct. 17, 2010, when the operator of the commercial Sea Tow vessel passed underneath the James River Bridge and, upon exiting, collided with a recreational…more

Coast Guard Foundation to honor crews for heroism

The Coast Guard Foundation’s 31st annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard will take place Thursday in New York City. During the tribute, Coast Guard Foundation Heroism Awards will be presented to: • The crew of CGNR 6038 – Aircraft Commander LT Andy Schanno, Copilot LT William Snyder, Flight Mechanic AMT3 Nick Giumette and…more

Louisiana yard wins Coast Guard contract

The Coast Guard awarded a $179.7 million contract option to Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La., for the production of four more Sentinel-class fast response cutters. The option award brings the total number of cutters under contract with Bollinger to 12, with a current contract value of $597 million. The current FRC contract contains options for…more

Coast Guard lifts boating ban on South Dakota waterways

With the continued decrease in river flows, the Coast Guard granted South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s request to rescind a ban on boating on the lower portions of the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers. On Monday morning, the Missouri River was reopened downstream from Ponca State Park in Nebraska to the Iowa-Nebraska border, or river…more

Coast Guard survey targets recreational boaters

The Coast Guard announced today that its 2011 National Recreational Boating Survey is under way. The survey questionnaire is being sent by mail to select owners of U.S.-registered recreational boats.  The market research firm ICF Macro is also calling members of the general public from call centers across the United States and asking them to…more

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