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.

Gulf oil spill reaches Florida’s ‘loop current’

Federal officials confirmed oil from the Gulf has reached the so-called loop current, which could send it around South Florida and into the Atlantic Ocean. The National Oceanic Atmospheric and Atmospheric Administration reported Wednesday “a small portion” of the oil slick resulting from the Deepwater Horizon’s explosion last month has reached the current, according to…more

Gulf oil spill could spread to the Florida Keys

Scientists warn that oil from the spill in the Gulf of Mexico is moving rapidly toward a current that could carry it into the Florida Keys and the Atlantic Ocean, according to news reports. Government officials said the oil had not yet entered the Gulf’s so-called loop current, and they are continuing to monitor the…more

Oil spill could cripple Florida tourism

It’s anyone’s guess whether the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will reach the shores of South Florida, but if it does it could translate into a loss of $10 million a day for hotel, boating and fishing businesses in the area. Authorities and forecasters says the spill is still days away, or may…more

Members sought for National Boating Safety Advisory Council

The Coast Guard is seeking applications for membership on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council. The 21-member council meets at least twice a year. Members include state officials, representatives of recreational boating industry manufacturers, including equipment manufacturers and representatives of national recreational boating organizations, and the general public. The Coast Guard is seeking to fill…more

Tips for cleaning boats affected by Gulf oil spill

With the Gulf Coast facing what could be the largest oil spill in U.S. history, paint manufacturers Interlux and Awlgrip are offering tips for cleaning contaminated boats in the region. The surface of antifouling paint that has become contaminated with oil can become “blocked,” preventing the biocide from being released and leading to premature fouling.…more

Oil spill’s ripple effect on gas prices, future drilling

The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has prompted California’s high-profile governor to back off plans for offshore drilling, while the environmental catastrophe has experts debating its effect on retail gas prices. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday backed away from a drilling proposal off Southern California that officials hoped would raise $1.8 billion…more

Shipping firm fined for illegal dumping

The operator of a 648-foot container ship alleged to have dumped an unknown quantity of illegal discharge into the Pacific Ocean was fined $100,000 and incurred other penalties. A Coast Guard boarding in the Port of Kalama, Wash., earlier this year was prompted by a cell phone tip from a crewmember that the vessel had…more

Volunteers respond to call for help

A volunteer firefighter and the former mayor of Cape May, N.J., called for help last Wednesday night after he heard a distress call on his scanner. The Press of Atlantic City reports that Bob Elwell said he heard a woman screaming in the background, which convinced him the call was no hoax. A 37-foot sailing…more

Coast Guard defends response policy after boater death

Coast Guard officials in Texas said they don’t intend to change their policy for responding to calls from stranded boaters, despite the weekend death of a man who was found under a capsized boat in Nueces Bay. Willie Ramirez, 53, was pronounced dead Saturday night after the engine on his family’s boat seized and the…more

Loran-C signal is on its way out

The Coast Guard’s director of prevention policy announced publication in the Federal Register of plans to cease broadcasting the North American Loran-C signal Feb. 8. As a result of technological advancements and the emergence of the U.S. Global Positioning System, Loran-C is no longer required by the armed forces, the transportation sector or the nation’s…more

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