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.

Judge delays Gulf oil spill trial

A federal trial over the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster was delayed for a week to allow more time for settlement talks, a judge ruled Sunday. About 120,000 plaintiffs filed a combined 535 lawsuits, according to media reports. Among those involved in the suit are numerous marine-related businesses that were hurt by the oil spill.…more

Coast Guard reports 51 Northeast boating deaths in 2011

Recreational boating and paddling fatalities on waters in the northeastern United States remained nearly the same for the second year in a row. The 1st Coast Guard District recorded a preliminary total of 51 deaths during 2011. There were 50 fatalities in 2009 and 51 fatalities in 2010. Capsizing or falling overboard while not wearing…more

Coast Guard studying effects of planned wind farms on marine traffic

The U.S. Coast Guard is undertaking a large-scale study of government, commercial and pleasure boat traffic up and down the Atlantic coast. Although the Coast Guard routinely looks at vessel traffic on a port-by-port basis, the study that’s now under way is the first to examine waters beyond port entrances, from Maine to Florida. As…more

Public meetings set on Gulf restoration plan

The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees recently released the Deepwater Horizon Draft Phase I Early Restoration Plan & Environmental Assessment for formal public comment. It is the first in an anticipated series of plans to begin the restoration of the Gulf of Mexico to compensate for natural resource injuries, including the loss of…more

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

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