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.

Settle with BP or sue? Spill claimants weigh options

Thousands of business owners, fishermen and others along the Gulf Coast are deciding whether to accept funds from BP now or sue the company and hope for a bigger payday in the future. “Is the shrimp going to come back? Are the oysters going to survive? Are we going to have a market?,” asked George…more

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Gulf business is getting back on track

On slowly rising waves, normalcy is returning to the region’s dealers and yards after the oil spill During the first week of August, something unusual occurred at Emerald Coast Yachts, a charter business and ASA sailing school in Pensacola Beach, Fla. The phone rang. Peggy Van Sleen, the company’s co-owner, says no new business had…more

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Gulf spill leads builder back to his roots

New Orleans native designs ‘Piranha’ skimmers to aid cleanup effort in estuaries, offshore Megayacht designer Jon Overing grew up sailing on the Gulf of Mexico and has lived most of his life along the Gulf. So it’s natural that when the clarion call went out for ideas and technology to save this resource from the…more

Official: Gulf well is permanently sealed

The BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico – source of the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history – has been permanently killed, a top federal official announced Sunday. Thad Allen, the federal spill response chief, said pressure tests confirmed that BP’s effort to intersect the well and plug it with cement nearly…more

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

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