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Coast Guard Establishes New IRVMC

The Coast Guard established the Inland Rivers Vessel Movement Center (IRVMC) in St. Louis, April 16, to gather information and track certain barges along the river system 24-hours a day. In a continuous effort to secure the homeland, the Coast Guard increased its presence and maritime. The Western River system tracks the movement of barges containing certain dangerous cargoes from the new operational center. Additionally, increased patrols, vessel escorts and/or boarding by river marshals could be implemented based on the Department of Homeland Security Advisory System level and other factors. These increased security measures ensure the safe transit of vessels carrying certain cargoes, the safe movement of commerce through specific portions of the river system and the safety of strategic infrastructure.

Alaska-- Passenger Vessels Security Zones Established

The U.S. Coast Guard established permanent moving security zones around all escorted high capacity passenger vessels and escorted Alaska Marine System vessels during their transits of the navigable waters of the Seventeenth Coast Guard District (Alaska). Commercial fishing vessels, while actively engaged in fishing, are exempted from the restrictions imposed by the rule, which comes into effect on May 15. Source: HK

Coast Guard Establishes Mariner Website

The Coast Guard launched a website to provide merchant mariners with real-time information on the status of pending mariner credential applications. Merchant mariners can check the status of application packages throughout the verification and approval process by logging onto, clicking on the Merchant Mariners tab and then clicking on Merchant Mariner Application Status. When application information is entered

Allegheny River – Safety Zone

The US Coast Guard established a temporary safety zone, through December 31, on the Allegheny River between mile markers 36.1 and 36.5 due to hazards associated with the active failure of Lock & Dam #6. Entry into the safety zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by Captain of the Port (COTP) Pittsburgh. 73 Fed. Reg. 71555  (November 25, 2008). (Source: Holland & Knight)

Illinois River – Temporary Safety Zone

The U.S. Coast Guard established a temporary safety zone on the Illinois River from Mile Marker 231.0 to Mile Marker 271.4 due to salvage and recovery operations in the vicinity of the Marseilles Dam. The safety zone will remain in effect until June 30. 78 Fed. Reg. 28495  

Coast Guard establishes Safety Zone for WW II explosive detonation

Coast Guard establishes a Safety Zone Regulation from 9a.m. to 12p.m. April 13, 2014 in Flamenco Bay, during the underwater detonation of a World War II explosive in Culebra, Puerto Rico.   SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The U.S. Coast Guard has established a Safety Zone Regulation surrounding the waters of Flamenco Bay in Culebra, Puerto Rico from 9a.m. to 12p.m. Sunday in anticipation of the underwater detonation of a War World II explosive.  

USCG Seeks Advisory Committee Members

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking applications for appointment to the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee (CFIVAC). As a result of the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988, the Coast Guard established the CFIVAC to provide advice to the Coast Guard on commercial fishing safety-related issues. The CFIVAC is comprised of 17 members who serve a three-year term. Applications will be considered for five positions and will become vacant October 2001 in the

Judge Approves Security Zone in Hawaii Harbor

Opponents of the Hawaii Superferry lost a round in court, according to an Associated Press report, when U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor refused to block the U.S. Coast Guard from enforcing a security zone in Kauai’s Nawiliwili Harbor when the vessel resumes service to the port. The Coast Guard established the zone and set aside a designated protest area off Kalapaki Beach after a flotilla of protesters prevented the ferry from landing Aug. 27

Oil Spill Clean-up Continues in Texas

The Coast Guard established a safety zone on the Neches River from just north of the DuPont plant to the Veteran’s bridge. No recreational boaters will be allowed into the safety zone until more of the oil has been removed. Both the Coast Guard and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be patrolling the area to ensure that recreational boaters observe the parameters set by the safety zone. Since the Neches River’s opening at approximately 11:44 a.m

Balpure BWT System in CG Evaluation Program

The S/R American Progress, a 575-ft, 30,000-gross-ton, double-hull U.S. flag tank ship, operated by SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., has been accepted into the United States Coast Guard’s Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program (STEP) to demonstrate the use of and collect data on the effectiveness of the Severn Trent De Nora BALPURE® ballast water treatment system.  In its acceptance letter, the Coast Guard stated the ship “has an accepted means of compliance with Ballast Water

Search On For Missing Sailboat in Gulf of Mexico

USCG HC-130 Hercules airplane

  The Coast Guard is searching for an overdue boater near Main Pass in the Gulf of Mexico, Monday. Missing is Keith Carver, 61, of Tucson, Az. Carver's girlfriend notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi that his 38-foot sailboat, the Carpe Noctem, was overdue on Nov

USCG Searching for Overboard Cruise Ship Passenger

Norwegian Pearl (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Emergency responders are searching for a woman who reportedly fell from a cruise ship roughly 22 nautical miles off the coast of Cuba, Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The Coast Guard said watchstanders at its 7th District command center received the initial report at

USCG Alert: Compliance with MARPOL Requirements

The Coast Guard has confirmed several reports it has received stating that main engines may not attain the expected speed when using ultra low sulfur fuel oil.   The Coast Guard has revised its list of recommendations to vessel owners and operators about the importance of establishing

USCG Offload $ 17 Mln Cocaine

A Coast Guardsman offloads cocaine at Coast Guard Sector Miami Beach, Fla., Nov. 20, 2015. The HNLMS Friesland, an offshore patrol vessel from the Royal Netherlands Navy, interdicted a go-fast vessel with four suspected smu

  Coast Guardsmen on the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber offloaded approximately 515 kilograms of cocaine interdicted in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Caribbean Venture worth an estimated wholesale value of $17 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida, Friday.

Responders to Refloat Grounded Tug and Barge

The tugboat, Peter F Gellatly and barge, Double Skin 504, sit grounded near East Beach after high winds pushed it from Bolivar Roads Anchorage, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. In Choi)

Responders are working to remove a grounded seagoing tug and empty tank barge Monday, after the vessels became beached near East Beach on Galveston Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard announced. The Peter F Gellatly and barge Double Skin 504 ran aground after drifting from anchorage and across the

Update: Crews Examining Discharge from Sunken Barge

Discoloration on Lake Erie from an unknown source as seen from the air from an overflight conducted by crews from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit, Oct. 24, 2015. The discoloration was believed to be emanating from a nearby sunken barge. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Marine Safety Unit Toledo)

Crews continue to investigate a reported discharge of an unknown substance from the site of a sunken barge near Kelley's Island Shoal in Lake Erie, Monday. The Unified Command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ohio EPA, is continuing to take all necessary actions to ensure the safety

Arctic Coast Guard Leaders to Gather at US Summit

The U.S. Coast Guard will host the eight-nation Arctic Coast Guard Forum Summit October 28-30 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Center for Arctic Study and Policy in New London, Conn., where the heads of the coast guards of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

Cargo Ship Collides with Barge in Corpus Christi Harbor

The Ocean Freedom, a 480-foot cargo ship, is connected to a moored Kirby Inland Marine barge after a collision in the Corpus Christi Inner Harbor Thursday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Gordon Bellinger)

An allision between a 480-foot cargo ship and barge occurred Thursday night in the Corpus Christi Inner Harbor. The U.S. Coast Guard and state and local partners are responding.   The Coast Guard launched a Station Port Aransas 45-foot response boat and crew after receiving a call reporting

Oil Spills into Potomac River near D.C. Airport

Aerial view of the oil spill near the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Oct. 30, 2015. A safety zone was established with a 1,500-yard radius from source of the spill. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Nicholas Rodriguez)

An estimated 7,500 to 9,000 gallons of Jet A aviation fuel has spilled within Washington D.C.’s Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and into the Potomac River, Friday.   A Unified Command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard; Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority personnel

Arctic Coast Guard Forum Established

The Joint Statement officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum is displayed after being signed at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Oct. 30, 2015.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

  A joint statement, officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF), was signed today by leaders representing all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) is an operationally-focused

Greek Shipper Pleads Guilty to Dumping off Texas

A ship management company has pleaded guilty and was sentenced October 27, 2015 for deliberately concealing pollution discharges from the ship directly into the sea and for falsifying its oil record book, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Rear Admiral David R

Crews Continue Response for Sunken Lake Erie Barge

Divers assess Lake Erie wreck for potential environmental impact Photo USCG

  Crews continue to respond to and investigate a reported discharge of an unknown substance from the site of a sunken barge near Kelleys Island Shoal in Lake Erie Thursday. The unified command, consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Ohio EPA

Portsmouth Holds Coast Guard Day Festival

2015 Coast Guard Day festival Photo USCG

  The City of Portsmouth held a 2015 Coast Guard Day festival Saturday at the Ntelos Wireless Pavilion Park in Portsmouth. The City of Portsmouth is a designated Coast Guard City and held the festival to honor the men and women of the service and their families.

NYK Conducts Crisis-response Drill on VLCC

Crisis Response Drill in progress

  On October 15 as part of the company’s Remember Naka-no-Se Campaign,* NYK conducted a crisis-response drill based on the scenario of a serious accident occurring on an NYK-owned VLCC (very large crude-oil carrier).   Cooperation from the Maritime Bureau within Japan’s

Maersk Orders BWTS for 7 Newbuilds

Image: DESMI Ocean Guard

DESMI Ocean Guard A/S to supply ballast water treatment systems to a series of new container vessels to be built at COSCO Zhoushan shipyard in China, for Danish shipper Maersk Line.   DESMI Ocean Guard announced that its RayClean ballast water treatment system (BWTS) has been selected for

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