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.

Coast Guard celebrates its birthday

The Coast Guard today marks 220 years of service to America. “Coast Guardsmen are agile, adaptable and multi-missioned,” Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. said in a statement. “Born as revenue cuttermen, lighthouse keepers, steamboat inspectors and surfmen, we have expanded to meet the maritime needs of our nation. As Coast Guard men…more

Coast Guard: Boating deaths increased in 2009

The Coast Guard’s Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety today released its Recreational Boating Statistics 2009 report, which reveals a 3.81 percent increase in boating accident deaths and a 0.81 percent increase in related injuries. However, the number of boating accidents decreased 1.23 percent. The Coast Guard recorded 736 deaths, 3,358 injuries and approximately $36…more

BP plans crucial Gulf well test today

A test is set today to determine whether an effort to permanently seal the ruptured BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico can proceed, the company reported. The “injectivity” test was scheduled for Monday, but was delayed because of a small leak, according to media reports. Today is also the day that the company…more

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Gulf cleanup turns ‘tin’ to gold

Oil cripples the fiberglass boat market, but ‘opportunity’ is huge for aluminum vessels With the Deepwater Horizon oil leak still not fully capped, a cloud of dashed expectations hung over boat dealers in southeast Louisiana in mid-July. But as tricked-out fiberglass fishboats gathered dust in showrooms, demand for aluminum boats for the BP oil cleanup…more

Most Gulf beaches open, but tourists remain wary

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has not affected the majority of the area’s beaches, but it is still keeping tourists away, according to a report to be released today. Almost all beach closings from the spill have been clustered in three areas of Louisiana, according to the 20th annual report on water quality at…more

Tropical storm halts BP oil well relief effort

Tropical Storm Bonnie has forced a stop in efforts to permanently seal BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. By late Thursday evening, Thad Allen, the retired Coast Guard admiral who leads the federal response effort, said many vessels at the well site were preparing to leave, The New York Times reports. Among those…more

NOAA broadens fishing ban in the Gulf

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expanded the closed fishing area in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week to include portions of the oil slick moving beyond the area’s current northwestern boundary off the Louisiana federal-state waterline. This boundary was moved westward of Holly Beach, La., and is approximately 17 statute miles from the…more

Coast Guard officers charged in fatal accident

The Coast Guard charged four petty officers with crimes including involuntary manslaughter and negligent homicide in an accident that involved a patrol boat hitting a private vessel and killing an 8-year-old boy last December on San Diego Bay. The move follows a lawsuit by the family whose 26-foot bowrider was struck by the 33-foot Coast…more

Experts: Gulf oil spill could lead to slew of bankruptcies

Experts say a slew of small- and mid-sized businesses along the Gulf Coast could seek shelter in bankruptcy court or shut their doors without enough cash or customers to make reorganization a reality. “The effect of the oil spill will be to destroy a lot of businesses and that destruction will be contagious,” Lynn LoPucki,…more

Marine businesses have voice on oil spill task force

The state of Florida convened a task force to assist businesses affected by the Gulf oil spill. The Governor’s Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force includes representatives from various state agencies, such as the departments of emergency management and environmental protection, as well as representatives from state industries affected by the spill. Frank Herhold,…more

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