Coast Guard News

January 11, 2017
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Coast Guard has authorized the closure of the Steel Railroad-Highway Bridge through Jan. 18, 2017. The bridge, owned and operated by Union Pacific Railroad, spans the Willamette River at river mile marker 12.1 will be outfitted with electrical upgrades to the upper and lower lift spans and will be closed to maritime traffic that requires the bridge to be lifted.... [Read More]
January 10, 2017
    MILWAUKEE – The Coast Guard is alerting the general public of commercial shipping and ice breaking activity that will take place on Muskegon Lake, Jan. 11, through Jan 15, 2017.    Several vessels are expected to transit the channel in and out of Muskegon at various times throughout the weekend. Ice breaking in support of these vessel movements will also take place. ... [Read More]
January 10, 2017
Editor's note: click image for full video MIAMI — A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted seven boaters from a disabled sailing vessel Monday approximately 14 miles west of Anse-Rouge, Haiti.... [Read More]
January 10, 2017
BOSTON —  Family, friends, and shipmates at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England wished fair winds and following seas to an exemplary community member Thursday during a retirement ceremony in Woods Hole. Jack Cowley retired after 30 years of devoted service to his community and country. Cowley enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at age 17 and served from 1941 to 1947.  During that time, he was stationed all over the world, including the Pacific Theatre during World War II and at the Battle of Guadalcanal.  ... [Read More]
January 10, 2017
BALTIMORE — The Captain of the Port Maryland National-Capital Region set ice condition three Monday and cautions mariners to be aware of ice formation within the Sector Maryland-NCR COTP zone. Ice condition three is set when weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in navigable waters. Within the Sector Maryland-NCR COTP zone, navigable waters typically affected by early ice formation include the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, upper Chesapeake Bay and upper Potomac River.... [Read More]
January 10, 2017
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard safely escorted a vessel to shore that was taking on water approximately 50 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana, Tuesday. A Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew oversaw the safe return of an 85-foot fishing vessel with three people aboard to Lynn Drydock in Amelia, Louisiana, at 8:09 a.m. ... [Read More]
January 10, 2017
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham In addition to patrolling the waters in and around Boston, local Coast Guard members are bringing their nautical expertise ashore for a new, special mission in the city’s Seaport District. ... [Read More]
January 10, 2017
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard advises caution at beaches in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to incoming dangerous high surf and rip currents in the area.... [Read More]
January 9, 2017
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard continues to respond to a vessel that was taking on water approximately 50 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana, Monday. At approximately 4:09 p.m. the crew of the fishing vessel reported that they had plugged the hole that caused the flooding. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon from Grand Isle arrived on scene at approximately 1p.m. and is monitoring the vessel as it navigates back to shore. ... [Read More]
January 9, 2017
Courtesy photo. SINGAPORE — A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team completed a bilateral engagement with Mauritius government port officials in November 2016. This engagement involved sharing best practices and visiting Mauritius Port Authority to observe the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code at Port Louis. Mauritius became signatory to the ISPS Code in 2004.... [Read More]
January 9, 2017
Courtesy image. SINGAPORE — A U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security team completed a bilateral engagement with Seychelles government port officials in November 2016. This engagement involved sharing best practices and visiting Seychelles Port Authority to observe the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code at the Port of Victoria. Seychelles became signatory to the ISPS Code in 2004.... [Read More]
January 9, 2017
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is no longer responding to the site of an oil production platform fire in the Gulf of Mexico approximately 80 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana, Monday. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reported that there were no hotspots or major pollution threats aboard the platform. Over flights were conducted on January 9 with no reports of sheening on the water. The cause of the incident is under investigation by BSEE. ... [Read More]
January 9, 2017
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel taking on water approximately 50 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana, Monday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 1:58 a.m. of an 85-foot fishing vessel with three people aboard taking on water approximately 50 miles south of Grand Isle.... [Read More]
January 8, 2017
WARRENTON, Ore. — The Coast Guard assisted the commercial fishing vessel Tracer safely back to shore after the crew of the vessel reported taking on water approximately 4 miles offshore of Long Beach, Washington, Sunday afternoon.... [Read More]
January 8, 2017
NEW ORLEANS -- The Coast Guard rescued six people from grounded vessels in Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana, Saturday. At 2:35 p.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from a private helicopter of a 17-foot johnboat with three people on board that was taking on water in the Atchafalaya Bay, Louisiana. Watchstanders directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to assist the people.... [Read More]
January 8, 2017
  (Photos courtesy fishing vessel Strike Zone crew/Released) HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is seeking the public's help identifying the owner of a 12-foot, white paddle board with yellow and red markings found approximately two miles offshore Ulua Beach Park, Maui, Sunday. ... [Read More]
January 8, 2017
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — After evaluating the port conditions following the passage of Winter Storm Helena, the Captain of the Port (COTP) has fully reopened the Port of Virginia.  “The port is back open without restrictions,” said Lt. Ian King of Sector Hampton Roads' Prevention Department. “However, we urge mariners to be cautious of and to report any hazards to navigation following the storm.“ ... [Read More]
January 8, 2017
Click image for video PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard rescued two men from a john boat approximately 4 miles north of Salem, New Jersey today. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay were notified at approximately 11:35 p.m. Saturday from a Salem 911 dispatcher that a 16-foot john boat had become disabled near Salem, New Jersey. ... [Read More]
January 8, 2017
Editor's note: Click on photo for link to high resolution version SAND KEY, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two people Friday after a 19-foot boat took on water 12 miles west of Hudson Beach. Sector St. Petersburg watch standers were notified at 3:15 p.m. from a 911 transfer call from Pasco County Sheriff's Office. ... [Read More]

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