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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


Guilty Plea on Concealing Vessel Pollution

Consultores De Navegacion, a Spanish company that operates the M/T Nautilus, an ocean-going chemical tanker ship, pleaded guilty on April 6 in U.S. District Court in Boston and has agreed to pay a fine of $2.5m for criminal violations related to the overboard discharge of oil-contaminated bilge waste on the high seas, the Justice Department announced. The company pleaded guilty to conspiracy, falsification of records, false statements, obstruction


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 Sets 2nd Round of Hearings for El Faro

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The U.S. Coast Guard will conduct a second round of public hearings May 16-27 for the Marine Board of Investigation into the loss of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship El Caro, and its 33 crewmembers.    The Coast Guard completed its first round of hearings in February 2016.


Sipu Muin Modernization Work to Begin in May

CCGS Sipu Muin (Photo: Canadian Coast Guard)

Canadian Coast Guard plans upgrades for Air Cushion Vehicle   A scheduled modernization of the Canadian Coast Guard CCGS Sipu Muin will see the Air Cushion Vehicle in dry-dock at Réparations Navales et Industrielles Océan in Quebec City for a six-month period beginning May 10


Mariner Rescued after 2 Months at Sea

Photo USCG

A 29-year-old man arrived in good condition to Honolulu Wednesday aboard a Coast Guard small boat after being rescued by merchant mariners in the Southeastern Pacific Ocean and surviving a two- month ordeal at sea. A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu safely


Coast Guard, Homeland Security Open Joint R&D Facility

The ribbon is cut at the Coast Guard Science and Technology Innovation Center. Left to right: Capt. Dennis Evans, Mayor Michael Passero, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, Adm. Thomas Jones, Dr. Robert Griffin, Anh Duong (Coast Guard Photo by Corey J. Mendenhall)

Coast Guard Research and Development Center along with DHS Science and Technology Directorate officially open a new Science and Technology Innovation Center   The Coast Guard Research and Development Center, in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security


US, Japan Partner to Improve Port Security

A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team meets with Japanese officials. The engagement involved sharing best practices and visiting with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism’s Ports and Harbors Bureau to observe the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code at two port facilities in Hakata, Japan: the Hakata Chuo passenger wharf and the Hakata island city area container terminal. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Activities Far East)

A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team completed a bilateral engagement with Japanese officials during the second week of March.    The engagement involved sharing best practices and visiting with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure


Oil Spill at Port of Los Angeles

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a report of an oil spill in the Los Angeles Harbor, Thursday morning.   Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach command center received a report at 10:48 a.m. of an unknown quantity of oily-water mixture coming from a holding tank


Training toward Greater Maritime Security

Photo: IMO

Extensive maritime security training involving countries operating under the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCoC) has taking place from March 20-April 7 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.   Maritime law enforcement officials from 17 DCoC signatory States (the Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan


US Navy Searching for Missing Sailor

(Official U.S. Navy file photo)

A sailor on board the dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) was reported missing April 9 as the ship was conducting routine training operations in support of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group Composite Training Unit Exercise off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.


DSD to Pay $2.5 Mln for Illegal Oil Discharging

The Norwegian shipping company DSD Shipping (DSD) was sentenced to pay a total corporate penalty of $2.5 million as a result of its convictions in Mobile, Alabama, for obstructing justice, violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS)


US Navy Calls off Search for Missing Sailor

Official U.S. Navy file photo

U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard assets ended the search April 12 for a missing sailor assigned to USS Carter Hall (LSD 50). The sailor was reported missing April 9 while the ship was conducting routine training operations in support of the Dwight D


Search Resumes for El Faro Data Recorder

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The National Transportation Safety Board is set to resume its search April 18, 2016, for the vessel data recorder of the sunken El Faro cargo ship. The U.S. flagged El Faro sank during Hurricane Joaquin on Oct. 1, 2015. All 33 of the El Faro’s crew perished in the accident.


Australia-Japan bilateral exercise Ends

Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force counterparts gathered in Sydney to conduct the bilateral Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT from 15-26 April 2016.

Ships and aircraft from the Royal Australian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) have completed the bilateral Exercise NICHI GOU TRIDENT off the coast of New South Wales. The exercise, which has been conducted regularly between Australia and Japan since 2009


Adventure Runner Calls off Voyage at Sea

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet speak with a man within a hydro pod off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, April 24, 2016. After speaking with the crew aboard the Gannet, Reza Baluchi agreed to end his voyage Bermuda and safely embarked the cutter. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The second attempt by an endurance runner hoping to reach Bermuda from Miami ended early Sunday when he asked to be removed from his "hydro pod."   The runner ignored a previously issued order from U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) to not depart on his seagoing journey


U.S. Challenged China, 12 Others on navigation Rights in 2015

File Image: U.S. Navy Operations (credit: MSC)

The U.S. military conducted "freedom of navigation" operations against 13 countries last year, including several to challenge China's claims in the South and East China seas, according to an annual Pentagon report released on Monday.


This Day In Naval History: April 26

USNS Soderman (T-AKR-317) launching ceremony (Photo: NASSCO)

1860 - The screw steamship Mohawk captures the slaver Wildfire with 530 slaves on board in the Bahama Channel, taking them to a camp in Key West guarded by Mohawks Marines until returned home.   1869 - As a post-Civil War push for re-enlistments, the Good Conduct Medal






 
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