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 expands life jacket testing

The Coast Guard this week published a direct final rule that will help advance life jacket regulatory reform by removing exclusivity for Underwriters Laboratories as the only Coast Guard-approved lab to test inflatable life jackets, the National Marine Manufacturers Association announced. The association said the rulemaking signals that the Coast Guard is “seriously considering approving…more

Coast Guard Auxiliary endorses boating safety plan

Jim Vass, national commodore of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, signed the Strategic Plan of the National Recreational Boating Safety Program for 2012-16. The plan, drafted by a team from the National Boating Safety Advisory Council, the Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety and other boating safety experts, outlines key performance goals and objectives…more

Somali pirates kill four American hostages

The four Americans aboard a yacht hijacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia are dead, according to media reports. Hijacked last Friday off Oman, the Quest was being piloted toward the Somali coast – and was being shadowed by a U.S. Navy warship. The Americans were Scott Adam and his wife, Jean, of Marina…more

Coast Guard Foundation to hold sailboat race

The Coast Guard Foundation announced its first sailboat race, the Coast Guard Foundation Cup. The Annapolis (Md.) Yacht Club will host the first Foundation Cup on May 14. The event was established to raise funds for foundation programs, provide financial support for college to families of Coast Guard members lost in the line of duty…more

Groups promote canoe and kayak safety

The American Canoe Association and the Coast Guard Auxiliary signed a memorandum of agreement to promote safety among those who use kayaks, canoes and other paddle craft. The new agreement establishes cooperative efforts that broaden outreach and education to the paddle-sports community, the organizations said. With input from the canoe association, a new Auxiliary Paddlesports…more

Nebraska bill would ban alcohol on waterways

A Nebraska state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would ban open containers of alcohol on the state’s lakes and rivers. “I do not think you should have open containers on a boat, particularly while it’s moving,” state Sen. John Harms told the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper. “There’s not much difference than being in an…more

Commission outlines steps to prevent oil spills

The Obama administration, Congress and the oil industry must do more to prevent the kind of spill that befouled the Gulf of Mexico last year, a special presidential commission says. “It is our government’s responsibility that exploration and extraction occur in ways that are beneficial to the country,” commission chairman Bob Graham said in a…more

AP poll: Gulf oil spill is 2010’s top story

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill, triggered by a deadly blast at a rig used by BP, was the top news story of 2010, followed by the divisive health care overhaul, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of editors and news directors. The oil spill received 54 first-place votes out of 180 ballots cast…more

Coast Guard faults uncertified charter tour

The Coast Guard admonished a Newport Beach Harbor, Calif., commissioner’s private company last week for appearing to offer bay tours without proper certification, officials said. Commissioner Ralph Rodheim’s Balboa Boat Rentals offered narrated nightly tours of the bay’s lighted boats and homes. But his tour boats aren’t certified for commercial charters and his company does…more

Official: Gulf oil spill won’t have lasting impact

The long-term impact of the Gulf Coast disaster could be relatively minor and the Gulf of Mexico is likely to fully recover from the April oil spill, the government-appointed compensation chief said Monday. Speaking to USA Today’s editorial board, Ken Feinberg said his prediction is based on opinions the government has solicited from experts. “We’re…more

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