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.

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

Alfa Tec buys Louisiana distributor

Alfa Tec, a Seattle-based marine sales and service distributor, recently acquired FM Equipment, a Houma, La.-based distributor for Alfa Laval Marine, Oil and Power in the Gulf Coast region. “This is all part of our master plan to supply superior service, spare parts and technical support to our customers located in the Gulf,” said Kevin…more

Park Service, Coast Guard team up for safety

The National Park Service and the Coast Guard have formed an agreement to increase safety patrols on Lake Mead and Lake Mohave. The agreement brings together the resources of both agencies, including trained boat operators from the Coast Guard Auxiliary and boats from the Park Service. “Education is the best tool we have to keep…more

Coast Guard awards contract for new cutters

Bollinger Shipyards Inc. of Lockport, La., was awarded an $88 million contract to build a new generation of Coast Guard patrol boats. The Fast Response Cutter Sentinel Class patrol boat, or FRC, is a 153-foot cutter capable of speeds of more than 28 knots. If all options on the contract are exercised, 34 boats could…more

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