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.

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

Sail races will go on despite Gulf oil spill

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill won’t spoil sailing this weekend on Pensacola Bay as the Subway SailFest South Regatta is to go on as planned at Pensacola (Fla.) Yacht Club, event organizers said. “We have been carefully watching the oil problem,” event chairman Bruce Partington said in a statement. “Looking at possible conditions through…more

Potential tropical storm could hinder oil spill efforts

The National Hurricane Center this morning reported an area of low pressure in the Caribbean has a strong chance of becoming the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which could disrupt BP’s oil spill cleanup efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. The weather system, located between the northeast coast of Honduras and Grand…more

Operation Dry Water to crack down on BUI this weekend

Marine law enforcement officers will be out in full force this weekend for Operation Dry Water, a nationwide crackdown on boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This is the second year of the national campaign and all U.S. states and territories are participating in the program, with more than 5,000 marine law enforcement…more

Oil spill: speed up claims process, monitoring manatees

The man overseeing a $20 billion claims fund set up by oil company BP said he wants the payment process accelerated and its transparency increased. “We’ve got to get the claims out quicker, we’ve got to get them out with more transparency so claimants understand the status of their claim, and we’ve got to ease…more

Amendment would give tax break to Gulf businesses

An amendment to the Senate tax extenders bill introduced by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., would allow fishing and tourism-related businesses, including recreational boating businesses, an extended net operating loss carryback period from the current two years to five years for tax-year 2010, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. This means that tourism-related businesses in the…more

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