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.

Megayacht News calendar sales to support Coast Guard Foundation

Megayacht News will donate 25 percent of its Spectacular Superyachts 2014 wall calendar sales to the Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families. The $20 calendar, which became available Oct. 14, pays homage to some of the biggest megayachts afloat. For each one…more

Government shutdown delays rescue awards ceremony

The Association for Rescue at Sea awards ceremony scheduled for today on Capitol Hill will not be held because of the government shutdown. The directors of the association are working to reschedule and there will be a press release with that information in the near future. Among others, the group was planning to honor Aviation…more

Coast Guard offers credentials extension amid shutdown

The Coast Guard said mariners whose credentials expire between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30 will receive an extension because of a lapse in appropriations during the government shutdown. The Coast Guard announced it is unable to process all mariner credentials in time to ensure that all mariners receive their renewed credentials before their current documents…more

Coast Guard issues warning on Tropical Storm Karen

The Coast Guard is urging boaters and members of the maritime community across the Gulf Coast to prepare for Tropical Storm Karen. According to the National Weather Service, projected paths for Karen indicate that it could make landfall early Saturday morning along the eastern half of the Gulf Coast. Coast Guard units across the projected…more

Coast Guard balances budget crisis

The ongoing political stalemate in Washington has pushed the Coast Guard into its worst budget crisis in more than two decades, the service’s highest-ranking officer said earlier this year during his annual State of the Coast Guard address. Adm. Robert Papp, the Coast Guard’s commandant, recounted a conversation he had with a freshmen student at…more

Coast Guard crew set to be honored for Alaskan rescue

The Association for Rescue at Sea will honor a member of the Coast Guard and a captain and crew for outstanding rescues in 2012. Association Vice Adm. Thomas R. Sargent will present the Gold Medal, which is awarded annually to an enlisted member of the Coast Guard for an act of extraordinary bravery during a…more

Coast Guardsman honored for boater warning system

Cmdr. Dan Shipman, recreational boating safety specialist for the 13th Coast Guard District, received an innovation award for developing a coastal bar warning and information system in all harbors on the Oregon and Washington coasts. Shipman implemented the system to provide boaters with real-time access to information about coastal bar conditions. Before the innovation, it…more

Coast Guard adds no-boating zones in New York

The Coast Guard established special no-boating zones on the Hudson River because of construction on the Tappan Zee Bridge, but the site of a crash that killed two people and injured three others in July was not included in the restricted area. The “regulated navigation area” will extend 300 yards north and 200 yards south…more

Massachusetts town bids for historic lighthouse

The Coast Guard declared Gay Head Light on Martha’s Vineyard surplus property and the town of Aquinnah is among four non-profit and government groups that have expressed an interest in it. Under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000, lighthouses can be disposed of by transferring the property at no charge to a nonprofit…more

Researchers identify Civil War-era steamer wreck

More than 153 years after it was lost in a collision at sea, the wreck of the ship Robert J. Walker, a steamer that served in the U.S. Coast Survey, a predecessor to NOAA, has been positively identified. The iron-hulled Walker, though now largely forgotten, served a vital role as a survey ship, charting the…more

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