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.

Marine industry advocate applauds Gulf oil spill report

The Clayton and Clayton Group, which represents more than 75 marine industry businesses affected by last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, said a recent federal report that blames BP and other companies for the catastrophe is a “win” for the industry. “The month of September may become the most significant yet for…more

Government releases final report on Gulf oil spill

Last year’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 people and sent millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, was the result of poor risk management and inadequate well control response, according to a report released Wednesday. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement/U.S. Coast Guard Joint Investigation Team released its…more

Comments sought on engine shutdown rule

The Coast Guard is seeking public comment on a National Boating Safety Advisory Council recommendation that would require recreational vessel operators to turn off their engine if a swimmer is in the water in close proximity to the rear of the vessel, as well as other ideas to reduce casualties caused by propeller strikes or…more

Groups reach agreement on boating safety efforts

The U.S. Power Squadrons and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will increase their coordinated safety efforts among America’s recreational boating community under a new agreement that broadens cooperative efforts in vessel examinations, public affairs and education. The agreement was signed last week at NACON 2011, the auxiliary’s national conference. In 2010, there were nearly 12.5 million…more

Somali pirates sentenced for role in murder of U.S. citizens

Two Somali pirates were sentenced to life in prison this week for their roles in the attacks against the S/V Quest that resulted in the murder of four U.S. citizens. Ali Abdi Mohamed, a/k/a Basher, 30, and Burhan Abdirahman Yusuf, a/k/a Burhan or Famah, 31, both of Somalia, were sentenced in federal court in Norfolk,…more

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

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