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USCG Port State Control Report

The U.S. Coast Guard released its annual Port State Control Report for calendar year 2004. During the year, 7,241 individual foreign ships made 72,178 calls at U.S. ports. The Coast Guard conducted 11,054 safety examinations of these ships. The detention level of 2.43% was higher than 2003, but lower than 2002. During the six month period in which the maritime security regulations were in force during the year, the agency conducted 6,087 security inspections, but detained, denied entry to, or expelled only 92 ships.

Coast Guard Conducting a Waterway Study of Portland Harbor

The Coast Guard is conducting Waterways Analysis Reviews of Portland Harbor and Portland Approaches. The Waterways Analysis Review is used to determine the effectiveness of aids to navigation within these waterways. Navigation aids under review will include light houses, buoys, day markers and ranges. The following areas are under the review for Portland Harbor: Back Cove Approach, Portland Harbor, Lighthouse Channel, Mill Cove and the Fore River

Coast Guard Conducts Training At Port of Catoosa

The Coast Guard is in Green Country for a series of exercises. Members of the Lower Mississippi Sector of the Guard trained Wednesday at the Port of Catoosa. The Coast Guard doesn't find itself in Oklahoma much, but the Port of Catoosa is a federal waterway, and the News On 6’s Chris Wright reports the Guard says it needs to become familiar with the area in case there is an emergency. If the Port is the target of a terrorist attack, if there is a chemical spill or other disaster

USCG Investigates Bridge Allision on Potomac

Photo courtesy USCG

The Coast Guard is investigating an allision caused by flood conditions between an 80-ft construction barge and the 14th Street Bridge in Washington, D.C, around March 15. A 25-ft Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Washington, D.C., along with boatcrews from D.C., Police Department and D.C., Fire Department were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, the Coast Guard conducted an initial assessment and found no apparent significant damage to the bridge or the barge

USCG Schedules Hearing for Kulluk Grounding

A Coast Guard formal marine casualty investigation hearing is scheduled for May 20 at noon, at the Anchorage Loussac Library, Assembly Hall Chambers, to investigate the contributing causes that led to the conical drilling unit Kulluk grounding on Sitkalidak Island Dec. 31, 2012. The Coast Guard conducts investigations following marine casualties to determine the causal and contributing factors that led to the incident

Crewman Medevaced from Freighter in Straits of Mackinac

The U.S. Coast Guard conducted a medical evacuation of a 36-year-old man from a freighter in the Straits of Mackinac Thursday evening. Just before 6 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, received a report of a crew member who was experiencing shortness of breath, pain in his left arm and tightness in his chest aboard the Mesabi Miner, a 990-foot U.S. flagged motor vessel en route to Indiana Harbor, Indiana

Cargo Vessel Operator Pleads Guilty

On Nov. 10, Hiong Guan Navegacion Japan Co. Ltd., operator of the commercial cargo ship Balsa 62, agreed to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Tampa, Fla., to conspiracy and to falsifying and failing to properly maintain records meant to ensure environmental compliance, the Justice Department announced. Specifically, Hiong Guan agreed to plead guilty for falsifying the oil record book kept on board the Balsa 62

Shipping Company Sentenced to Pay Penalty for Pollution Cover-Up

Puerto Rican-based Shipping Company Sentenced to Pay $700,000 Penalty for Intentional Cover-Up of Oil Pollution.   WASHINGTON – Epps Shipping Company, a Liberian corporation doing business out of Carolina, Puerto Rico, was sentenced in federal court for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and making false statements to U.S. Coast Guard inspectors, announced Assistant Attorney General Ignacia S. Moreno and United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez.

GofM Rig Fire, Loss of Control: Latest News

Hercules 265 Rig: Photo courtesy of BSEE

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted multiple overflights today to supplement responsible party flights to maintain aerial surveillance of the scene.  The natural gas well continues to fuel the fire on the rig.  The derrick and drill floor structure has collapsed over the rig, and a very light sheen that dissipates quickly has been observed in the ocean.

USCG Completes Investigation into Wake from Milwaukee

 USS Milwaukee Photo USN

The Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan-led investigation regarding wake from the USS Milwaukee and recreational vessels off Chambers Island on Green Bay September 5, 2015, is completed. The marine casualty investigation determined that enforcement action against any of the parties involved would not forward the integrity of maritime safety and is therefore not warranted. As required by federal regulations, the Coast Guard conducted a marine casualty investigation

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.

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

This Day In Naval History: August 30

USS Colorado (BB 45) (Photo: USNHC, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center)

1923 - USS Colorado (BB 45) is commissioned. Notable during her pre-World War II service, she helps in the search for missing aviator, Amelia Earhart, in 1937. During WWII, USS Colorado serves in the Pacific during World War II and is hit by kamikazes at Leyte in November 1944.  

The Marine Training Institute Accredited for DP Training

The Offshore Service Vessel Dynamic Positioning Authority (OSVDPA) in the U.S. has announced that the Marine Training Institute (TMTI) in Gray, La. Has been accredited to conduct OSVDPA dynamic positioning operator (DPO) training courses and assessments.  

Part of Houston Ship Channel Shut; Tankers Stopped to 4 Refineries

Four Houston-area refineries were unable to receive crude oil from tankers on Tuesday after a portion of the Houston Ship Channel was shut due to a fire aboard an empty tanker, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.   In Texas, Valero Energy Corp's Houston refinery

Philippine Coast Guard Nails Shark Fin Smugglers

Photo: Philippine Coast Guard

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it has apprehended a motor vessel carrying prohibited shark fin meat.   The passenger/cargo vessel Trisha Kerstin 2, owned and operated by Aleson Shipping Lines INC, and skippered by Capt. Joel P. Mendoza

Salvors to Remove Fuel from Capsized Riverboat

Spirit of Sacramento capsized near Bethel Island, Calif. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Adam Stanton)

Efforts to prepare the capsized riverboat Spirit of Sacramento for fuel removal operations are being conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard, California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response and other partner agencies.  

U.S. Coast Guard Awards ESG with Phase II OPC Contract


The U.S. Coast Guard awarded a contract to Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., of Panama City, Florida, Thursday for the production of the lead Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and up to eight follow-on cutters. The total award was valued at $110.29 million. The contract has a potential value of $2

Alfa Laval BWTS: USCG Type Approval Application Filed

Alfa Laval PureBallast BWTS (Photo: Alfa Laval)

After completion of land-based tests with marine, brackish and fresh water – all using the current ballast water treatment system design – a test report package for PureBallast has now been finalized by the independent lab DNV GL

Port Everglades Assessing Hurricane Damage

Port Everglades in Broward County, Fla. said it is conducting damage assessment, channel surveys and inspection of aids of navigation in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The port, which was closed to all ship and truck traffic yesterday as the storm approached the U.S

Coast Guard Foundation Honors Bouchard

Coast Guard Foundation Chairman and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Director, Will Jenkins introduced Mr. Bouchard. (Photo: Coast Guard Foundation)

On Thursday, October 6th, 2016, Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. President & CEO Morton S. Bouchard III was honored at the Coast Guard Foundation 36th Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard National Awards Dinner, in New York City.

Fairbanks Morse to Power USCG’s Offshore Patrol Cutters

Image: Vard

When the U.S. Coast Guard’s first new Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) is put to sea in 2021, it will be powered by diesel propulsion engines manufactured in Beloit, Wis., by Fairbanks Morse.   The OPC will “provide a critical capability bridge” between the National Security

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

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