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 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

Boating fatalities increased in 2008

The Coast Guard reported a rise in recreational boating fatalities in 2008. The fatality rate, a measure of the number of deaths against the number of registered recreational boats, increased from 5.3 in 2007 to 5.6 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational boats in 2008. During this time, the Coast Guard recorded 709 deaths, 3,331 injuries and…more

Coast Guard museum on hold

The Coast Guard Foundation has voted to postpone work on developing a National Coast Guard Museum. “The reality of today’s economic climate makes a project which is so dependant on private philanthropy very difficult at this time,” said Ross Roeder, chairman of the Coast Guard Foundation board, in a statement. “When the decision was made…more

OCC mariner program celebrates new graduates

Nearly two dozen new mariners graduated recently from the Orange Coast College Professional Mariner Program, which culminated with a navigation exercise aboard the 88-foot Peaceful Spirit outside California’s Newport Harbor. Students completed courses in boat handling, seamanship, maritime careers, yacht keeping, vessel systems, diesel engine maintenance, navigation, and the four components of basic safety training:…more

Seaspension provides seating for Coast Guard airboats

Seaspension Technologies delivered custom shock-mitigating seating to the Coast Guard for use in 35 specialized emergency rescue airboats. The iceboats are built by Midwest Rescue Airboats as part of a five-year contract with the Coast Guard. Largo, Fla.-based Seaspension designs, manufactures and markets high-performance shock-mitigating systems for use by military, commercial, OEM and recreational boating…more

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