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.

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

Coast Guard Foundation honors Lockheed Martin’s support

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, recognized Lockheed Martin Corporation as its largest corporate donor. “The Coast Guard Foundation is grateful to all of our donors – corporate and individual, large and small – who contribute to the work…more

Marine marketer named Coast Guard Foundation trustee

John Thommen, CEO of marine manufacturers representative firm Ocean Marketing, was appointed to a three-year term as a trustee of the Coast Guard Foundation. Established in 1969, the Coast Guard Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports projects to enhance the education, welfare and morale of members of the United States Coast Guard and their…more

Dismasting leads to Coast Guard warning

The standing rigging of a 60-foot inspected passenger-carrying sailing catamaran failed recently in the Florida Keys, causing its rotating wing spar mast to collapse, according to a Coast Guard-issued safety alert. Evidence suggests that the port shroud parted where it exits a swageless mechanical end fitting on the upper mast at a common shrouds/stay connection.…more

Right whale restrictions now in effect

The Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule took effect Nov. 1, requiring vessels to slow down while operating in the mid-Atlantic waters where North Atlantic right whales are known to migrate, calve and nurse. “The Coast Guard, in coordination with [the National Marine Fisheries Service], has a long history of protecting living marine resources and…more

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