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.

BP reaches settlement on Gulf oil spill

A billion-dollar settlement was reached last week between BP and attorneys on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the litigation surrounding the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion killed 11 workers and triggered the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. According to the U.S. government, about 4.1 million barrels of oil were…more

Nv-charts offers new Chesapeake charts

Nv-charts, a global supplier of precision charting products, extended its coverage and produced new chart regions for Chesapeake Bay in time for the 2012 cruising and boating season. The coverage is divided into North and South regions. The North region includes Delaware Bay and the Chesapeake/Delaware canal, coverage from Cape May, N.J., to the Potomac…more

Comments sought on propeller-strike report

The Coast Guard and the American Boat and Yacht Council released a draft report, “Human Factors Analysis of Propeller Strikes,” prepared by CED Investigative Technologies Inc. The report concludes that no universal solution exists to mitigate the risk of injury from accidental contact with boat propellers — an issue that the Coast Guard has studied…more

Coast Guard changes Great Lakes frequency

The Coast Guard announced Monday a change to the marine radio frequency that mariners must use to activate fog signals on navigable waterways of the Great Lakes. Until the change takes effect on July 1, mariners are advised to use both the new and the old frequency. Since the 1990s, mariners encountering decreased visibility have…more

BP faces heavy fines in Gulf oil spill settlement

BP could face as much as $17.6 billion in civil pollution fines and possibly billions of dollars more in criminal penalties as its settlement with businesses and individuals harmed by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill shifts the focus to government claims. BP last week announced it would pay an estimated $7.8 billion to…more

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

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