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.

Analyst: Step up effort to stop piracy

More must be done to stop pirate attacks, including an expansion of the international legal definition of piracy to include attacks on the high seas and in territorial waters, which is where most hijackings occur, according to Peter Chalk, a senior analyst at the Rand Corp. “The bottom line is that deep ocean patrols have…more

BP report spreads blame in Gulf oil disaster

BP said today that a series of failures involving a number of companies ultimately led to the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. “No single factor caused the Macondo well tragedy,” BP said in a statement about its internal report of the disaster. “Rather, a sequence of failures involving a number of different…more

Group urges input on Gulf recovery plan

As the pending Gulf Restoration Plan is being produced, The Billfish Foundation is encouraging recreational anglers and boaters, especially those in the Gulf states, to urge the government to include the sportfishing segment in the plan. “Boating and the sportfishing industry employ some 300,000 individuals in the region, generating an economic stimulus of $41 billion…more

Vessel comes to the quick aid of rig workers

In his 20 years as a boat captain, Dan Shaw had never tried to rescue an entire crew out of the water. But on Thursday he received a radio alert that 13 workers from an oil platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico were bobbing in the water not far from the flames.…more

Last Loran-C station closes today

The Coast Guard will decommission the Loran-C station in Caribou, Maine, today after 35 years of service. Station Caribou is the last station to transmit an American Loran signal. The closing ends the 67-year Loran-C program. Termination of the program was supported through the enactment of the fiscal 2010 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. Transmission of…more

Coast Guard Auxiliary leader seeks to reduce boating deaths

The new Coast Guard Auxiliary national commodore is charging the Coast Guard Auxiliary with a mission – “to reduce deaths on our waterways.” “We need to recommit ourselves to improving recreational boating safety and making a serious dent in reducing the recreational boating death growth rates,” Jim Vass, of Port O’Connor, Texas, said. In 2009,…more

Coast Guard admiral: United effort vital for disaster response

The country needs an “agile and flexible” government to respond to disasters such as the Gulf oil spill and Hurricane Katrina, according to the man in charge of both response efforts. “The more we can create that unity of effort, the better off we’ll be,” retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad W. Allen, national incident commander…more

Report: Plenty of oil is still in the Gulf

A report released by the Georgia Sea Grant and the University of Georgia concludes that as much as 79 percent of the oil released into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon well has not been recovered and remains a threat to the ecosystem. The conclusion conflicts with a recent report from the government…more

BP closer to permanent Gulf well cap

BP plans to finish drilling into the base of the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico this week to pump in mud and cement and permanently plug the source of the world’s biggest offshore oil spill. Cement that was poured in last week sealed the top of the well on the ocean floor about…more

Louisiana governor urges return to fishing

Saltwater recreational fishing reopened in the vast majority of Louisiana’s state waters three weeks ago and it’s time for anglers to return to the water with families and friends, according to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. The governor recently joined several representatives of the recreational fishing community on a fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico…more

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