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.

New company offers piracy protection for megayachts

A new company, Maritime Bodyguards Miami, recently formed in response to the resurgence in international piracy. MBM is a group of ex-Special Forces officers and maritime professionals who provide protection specifically for the private megayacht sector. There are three schools of thought when it comes to reacting to an attempted hijacking or boarding, MBM says:…more

Applications being accepted for NBSAC posts

Applications are being accepted for the seven openings on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council. New members each will serve a three-year term that begins in 2010 and ends Dec. 31, 2012, according to a notice published today in the Federal Register. The seven open seats include two representatives of state officials responsible for state…more

Florida reports fewer boating deaths

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission reports a 30 percent reduction in boating fatalities between 2007 and 2008, with 54 deaths reported in 2008. “Although boating fatalities were down in 2008, so far in 2009, 21 people have lost their lives on the state’s waters,” said Lt. Ed Cates of the FWC’s boating and…more

Florida rental companies must post safety information

Beginning this week, boat-rental businesses in Florida must display boating safety information at their place of business for their patrons to see, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The FWC is assisting businesses with this law by providing free signs with the required boating information. The FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement held…more

Magazine editor named to safety council

Dean Travis Clarke, executive editor of Sport Fishing, Marlin and Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, was recently appointed to the National Boating Safety Advisory Council. The NBSAC is responsible for crafting boating-safety program suggestions. Clarke is one of 21 members appointed by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Commandant of the Coast Guard. He…more

Tribute to Coast Guard District 14 today

The Coast Guard Foundation today is holding its annual tribute to the Coast Guard’s 14th District in Honolulu. The event honors local Coast Guard members who protect coastline shores from the Hawaiian Islands to Guam. In addition, this tribute will raise funds to support the organization’s important projects and programs on behalf of the Coast…more

Sunbrella manufacturer sponsors CG Auxiliary program

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, manufacturer of Sunbrella marine fabrics, is now a sponsor of the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Recreational Boater Safety Visitation Program. During the next three years, Glen Raven will donate up to 25,000 window decals that retailers and boating organizations will display. These partners offer safety literature and serve as resources for safety…more

Ohio DNR hands out boating safety grants

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Watercraft recently awarded $365,419 in grants to support 34 community boating safety and skills courses during 2009. The grants range from $1,018.50 to $28,666.51. “Ohio remains strong in its commitment of supporting community education programs that seek to improve boating safety and provide the skills necessary to…more

Sea Tow boat safety tour starts at N.Y. boat show

The 2009 Boating Safety Challenge tour kicks off this weekend at the New York National Boating Show. Organized by the Sea Tow Foundation for Boating Safety and Education, the tour encourages show visitors to test their knowledge of safe boating with a safe boating test, hands-on activities such as tying knots and putting on a…more

Homeland security and the marine industry

In light of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is emphasizing the importance of the America’s Waterway Watch program. Everyone who spends time on or near the water, for business or recreation, can do their part by reporting suspicious activities to the Coast Guard or other law enforcement officials, such as unusual…more

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