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Coast Guard Celebrates Birthday

The U.S. Coast Guard will be celebrating its 213th birthday on Monday, Aug. 4., Coast Guard Day. On the same day in 1790, Congress authorized the building of the first "ten cutters" establishing the Revenue Cutter Service. It was then that the history of the Coast Guard began. Today the Coast Guard has grown to more than 35,000 active-duty personnel and 8,000 reservists. Over 2,000 Coast Guard members serve the needs of the public in the Ninth District. The boundaries of the Ninth Coast Guard District encompass the Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. In an average year on the Great Lakes, the Coast Guard handles 7,500 search and rescue cases, ice-breaking cutters clear the way for over $62 million worth of commercial cargo and more than 3,300 buoys, navigational lights and fixed aids are maintained.

USCGC Anthony Petit Headed for Ketchikan

USCGC Anthony Petit has been accepted from its builder, Marinette Marine Corp. of Marinette, Wis., and its crew sailed north from the Panama Canal to reach its homeport of Ketchikan, Alaska, by mid-November. The USCG accepted the vessel and placed it into a commission special status for its 12,000-mile voyage to Alaska. Petit's commanding officer, Chief Warrant Officer Chuck Jones, and his crew of 23 made several port calls and conducted several operational missions in the 100 days since they

The Coast Guard Announces Deployment of Homeport

The Coast Guard officially announced its initial deployment of Homeport, an internet portal. Homeport (version 1.0) is the official Coast Guard information technology system for maritime security created to provide information and services to the maritime community and the public over the Internet. Coast Guard Federal Maritime Security Coordinators will use Homeport as a primary means for the day-to-day management and communication of port security matters with Area Maritime Security

Cummings: Coast Guard Makes Progress on Turning Ship Around

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, commented on the decision of the Coast Guard to terminate the current acquisition program for the Fast Response Cutter - B (FRC-B) through the Integrated Coast Guard System (ICGS) team. The Coast Guard has explained that this decision is based on its ongoing commitment to improving program management and to ensuring that the acquisition of the FRC-B will yield a patrol boat that

New Book, Rescue Warriors

Every day on average the U.S. Coast Guard responds to 123 distress calls and saves 14 lives.  With the unofficial start of Hurricane Season August 1st those numbers may rise dramatically.  Along with increased storm activity August 4th will also mark Coast Guard Day that honors the least known of the U.S. Armed Services. The recent release of RescueWarriors – the U.S. Coast Guard, America’s Forgotten Heroes makes clear who the 42,000 active service men and women, 8

Coast Guard Foundation Announces 2015 Scholarships

    Scholarship winners at the Coast Guard Foundations DC Dinner

  The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced yesterday that it has kicked off its scholarship season.    Accepting applications until March 15th, children of enlisted Coast Guard members may apply for scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 per year. Over the last 20 years, the Coast Guard Foundation has given more than $3 million through its scholarship program to family

SS Norway OK'd To Sail

U.S. Coast Guard inspectors cleared the SS Norway to sail, a week after owner Norwegian Cruise Line was ordered to make repairs that scuttled the Caribbean vacations of 2,032 passengers. The sleek, blue-hulled Norway, built 40 years ago as the SS France for Atlantic crossings, has been berthed for more than a week in Miami but was now scheduled to depart on Sunday for a seven-day cruise of the eastern Caribbean, according to the Coast Guard and NCL Holding ASA

Tanker Crewmembers Still Missing

According to the Philippines-based Inquirer, six crewmembers of a tanker that caught fire last Friday have yet to be found as of Sunday, according to the Philippine Coast Guard. The motor tanker Tambora has also yet to be retrieved after being spotted off Limay, Bataan from the air by a Coast Guard helicopter crew on Friday afternoon, according to a Coast Guard report. The missing crewmembers were identified as Paquito Abon, Joe Familiara, Ferdie Manjares, Fernando Gonzalez

Liberian Coast Guard Trains on USCGC Mohawk

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk arrives in Monrovia, Liberia, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010. The Mohawk is in Monrovia to begin with the Liberian Coast Guard as is part of the African Partnership Station, which is an international security cooperation initiative, facilitated by U.S. Naval Forces Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and other collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Of

Seven crew members from the newly activated Liberian Coast Guard (LCG) spent 10 days at sea with the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk (WMEC 913) crew off the coast of western Africa August 13-23, 2010. Since February 11, 2010, when the LCG was activated, Liberia's Coast Guard has been training personnel to secure Liberia's regional exclusive economic zone. The LCG has been working with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and other nations' coast guards and navies to develop their maritime capability

Bangladesh Coast Guard in Kolkata for maritime cooperation

Photo: Bangladesh Coast Guard

 A delegation of Bangladesh Coast Guard is on a two-day visit to Kolkata as part of the ongoing cooperation between the coast guards of the two neighbours, aimed at exploring avenues for common approach to maritime issues in the region, reports Economic Times.   A release from the Coast Guard said that Rear Admiral Mohammad Makbul Hossain, Director General Bangladesh Coast Guard led the Bangladesh delegation comprising officials from Bangladesh Coast Guard and Bangladesh Ministry

EU to Continue Libyan Coast Guard Training after Attack on Migrants

The European Union will go ahead with training for the Libyan coast guard this week, days after a coast guard vessel allegedly attacked a boat carrying migrants, causing four of them to drown.   The German humanitarian group Sea-Watch recovered the four bodies after an attack on Friday that

Former USCG Commandant Kramek Passes Away

Adm. Robert E. Kramek, 20th Commandant of the Coast Guard (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Adm. Robert E. Kramek, former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, has died October 20, 2016.   Kramek served as the Coast Guard's 20th commandant from 1994 through 1998, during which time he significantly expanded the Coast Guard's global reach and influence as commandant

ABS Gains AWO RCP Auditor Status

(File photo: Eric Norcross)

AWO qualifies ABS to perform towing safety management audits   ABS has been approved by the American Waterways Operators (AWO) to carry out audits of its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP), a safety management system for tugboat, towboat and barge companies

German Shipping Firms Convicted of Environmental Crimes

Photo: Sap Marine

 Two German shipping companies that owned and operated the Motor Vessel (M/V) Nils B, pleaded guilty today to an environmental crime in federal court in San Diego before the Honorable Jan M. Adler, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden and United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy.

Tug Allision Causes Diesel Spill in Texas

 U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi and the Texas General Land Office are responding to an oil spill at mile marker 667 on the Intracoastal Waterway near Port Isabel, Wednesday.   Watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a report that the uninspected towing vessel Capt

Georgia's Ports Back in Action

Containership MSC Kleven sails up river to the Port of Savannah after the Savannah River reopened following Hurricane Matthew in Savannah, Ga., Wednesday, Oct.12, 2016. Nine vessels worked at the Garden City Terminal on Wednesday. (Photo: Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

After being closed last week due to Hurricane Matthew, the Savannah River channel has reopened for commercial traffic Wednesday morning at 7 a.m., with 11 vessels transiting the channel by mid-afternoon, nine of which will be worked at Garden City Terminal and two at Ocean Terminal

Crews Working to Restore Port of Savannah Navigation Aids

The Coast Guard Cutter Cypress crew works to correct aid to navigation in the Savannah River after Hurricane Matthew Oct. 12, 2016. The Cypress is a 225-foot buoy tender built for maintaining aids to navigation. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Cypress)

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the Port of Savannah has been reopened Thursday to two-way traffic during daylight hours as response crews continue to identify, remove, replace or repair the surrounding navigational infrastructure.  

Denmark Gets QUALSHIP 21 Certificate

Image: Danish Maritime Authority

 Once again, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued Denmark with the well-reputed certificate for United States Coast Guard's Quality Shipping for the 21st Century Program (QUALSHIP 21).   The program is intended to secure and improve shipping and has existed since 2001

Safety Alert: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone

This safety alert reminds vessel owners, operators, charterers, merchant mariners, passengers, and all others throughout the maritime domain of safety concerns associated with Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone.    This alert includes phones recently replaced by manufacturer

Rescuers Save 301 Boat Migrants in Med

Rescuers pulled 301 boat migrants to safety and found five dead bodies in five operations in the central Mediterranean on Wednesday, the Italian Coast Guard said. An Irish navy ship recovered the five dead from a rubber boat along with 118 survivors

Bollinger Delivers FRC to the US Coast Guard

Lawrence Lawson sister ship Margaret Norvell was delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard in 2013 (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the USCGC Lawrence Lawson, the 20th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.   Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. said, “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the USCGC Lawrence Lawson to the U.S

Towing Industry Safety: AWO & USCG Joint Analysis … By the Numbers

Source: USCG

For 16 years, the National Quality Steering Committee has used three measures to track overall trends in safety and environmental protection. While not all-encompassing, the measures are considered to be useful indicators of towing industry trends. The measures are:

Libyan Coast Guard Attacks Migrant Boat, Four Dead

ROME, Oct 21 (Reuters) - An NGO rescue group said on Friday that the crew of a speedboat labelled "Libyan Coast Guard" had attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing at least four to fall into the water and drown.

Seven Migrants Die on Day of Libyan Coast Guard Attack

The crew of a speedboat labelled "Libyan Coast Guard" attacked a migrant boat packed with some 150 migrants, beating them with sticks and causing many to fall into the water and at least four to drown, humanitarian group Sea-Watch said on Friday.  

Holland America Line Receives Association for Rescue at Sea Award

Veendam Captain Receives Association for Rescue at Sea AMVER Award Holland America Line

The captain and crew of Holland America Line’s ms Veendam were honored by the Association for Rescue at Sea with a prestigious AFRAS AMVER Award for the 2015 rescue of a pilot who ditched his aircraft in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii. The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System was

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