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.

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

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

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