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 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

Midnight Express will build boats for the Coast Guard

Midnight Express Powerboats received a three-year contract from the Coast Guard to supply a progression of the builder’s 39-foot Interceptor models. The contract, coupled with a recent large order from the Navy, allows Midnight Express to expand capacity in its Fort Lauderdale manufacturing facility. The work has allowed Midnight Express to retain its full complement…more

Coast Guard signs deal with Carmanah Technologies

The Coast Guard placed a $600,000 order for hundreds of solar-LED marine lanterns from Canadian-based Carmanah Technologies. Replacing older incandescent lanterns, the new 701-5 and 704-5 lanterns will be deployed as aids to navigation across 19 regions, including New Orleans; Galveston and Corpus Christi, Texas; and Mobile, Ala. A portion also will be stored at strategic…more

Coast Guard Foundation wants your rescue stories

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, recently launched its “Are You One in a Million?” campaign in conjunction with its 40th anniversary celebration of service to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard has rescued more than 1 million people since…more

French rower costs U.S. taxpayers big-time

A Frenchman trying to row from Cape Cod, Mass., to his home country failed for the third time in his quest – and cost U.S. taxpayers about $80,000 in the process. Charlie Girard had to be rescued last week about 150 miles off Cape Cod, according to a report in the Boston Globe. Plagued by…more

Quantum awarded Coast Guard contract

Quantum Marine Engineering of Fort Lauderdale was awarded a contract to supply the roll stabilization systems for the U.S. Coast Guard’s new class of fast response cutters. Quantum was chosen because of its design, weight control, previous experience and excellent responsiveness and professional approach to meet the customer’s requirements, according to Bollinger Shipyards Inc., the…more

Safe Boating Week focuses on life jackets

All across the country, people are getting ready for the boating season and that’s why this week is designated as National Safe Boating Week, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The idea started as a small grassroots effort in 1957 and has grown to a nationwide program backed by presidential proclamation, and is also observed…more

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

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