NMC reports surge in mariner credential applications

NMC reports surge in mariner credential applications

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — The National Maritime Center (NMC) has experienced a significant surge in application submissions for merchant mariner credentials (MMCs) over the past several months. NMC staff are taking prompt action to process these applications, along with any previously pending applications, as quickly as possible. As it continues to strive to meet customer needs, the NMC again highly recommends…
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Multiple fireboats respond as barge burns in Delaware River

Multiple fireboats respond as barge burns in Delaware River

(BOWERS, Del.) — The U.S. Coast Guard and local fire agencies are responding to a barge fire approximately 9 miles south of Port Mahon on Monday morning. Watch standers at the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center received a call at approximately 1 a.m. reporting a barge on fire in the Delaware River. The barge was reportedly carrying household appliances for…
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SCA hails female leaders on National Maritime Day

SCA hails female leaders on National Maritime Day

(WASHINGTON) — Following President Biden’s proclamation for National Maritime Day, the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) on Friday released the following statement in recognition of the proclamation and recognized the historic confirmations of the first two female admirals to lead the U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Administration (MarAd): “National Maritime Day allows our nation to take a moment to salute…
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Bulker crewman injured in electrical incident near New Orleans

Bulker crewman injured in electrical incident near New Orleans

(NEW ORLEANS) — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 28-year-old male crewmember Tuesday from a bulk carrier near New Orleans. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watch standers received notification by personnel aboard the bulk carrier UBC Stavanger that a crewmember was reportedly experiencing pain from an electrical incident that had occurred. Watch standers then coordinated a Coast Guard Air Station…
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Safety alert: Preventing marine fuel contamination

Safety alert: Preventing marine fuel contamination

(WASHINGTON) — A towing vessel operating in a pushing-ahead configuration experienced a loss of all propulsion while operating on the Mississippi River. The loss of propulsion occurred approximately three hours after getting underway and about 3.5 hours after receiving fuel from a shoreside facility. Fortunately, there was no significant damage to the vessel, nor injuries to crewmembers because of this…
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Spring brings mixed bag for Great Lakes shipping

Spring brings mixed bag for Great Lakes shipping

(OTTAWA, Ontario) — U.S. Great Lakes ports reported mixed results for the start of the spring shipping season, with gains and losses heavily tied to global trading conditions and Lake Superior icebreaking resources. U.S. grain exports, steel imports, road salt and containerized goods were strong performers. “Inadequate icebreaking resources in Lake Superior had a major impact on cargo shipments out…
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Icebreaker gap causes more delays on Great Lakes

Icebreaker gap causes more delays on Great Lakes

(CLEVELAND) – The ice season is over on the Great Lakes but the impacts of insufficient U.S. Coast Guard icebreaking linger, according to the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force. With a defined shipping season of 10 months due to the closure of the navigational locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., which connect Lake Superior and the iron ore mines to…
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Coast Guard commissions 48th fast response cutter

Coast Guard commissions 48th fast response cutter

(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) — The U.S. Coast Guard commissioned the 48th Sentinel-class fast response cutter (FRC), Pablo Valent (WPC 1148), into service at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg on Wednesday. Rear Adm. Brendan McPherson, commanding officer of the Coast Guard 7th District, presided over the ceremony. Cecilia Guillot, Valent’s great-niece, is the ship's sponsor. The cutter’s namesake Pablo Valent was…
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Coast Guard rescues seven after megayacht takes on water

Coast Guard rescues seven after megayacht takes on water

(SEATTLE) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued seven people over the weekend after the 143-foot yacht they were aboard took on water and became disabled 25 miles off the Washington coast. Watch standers at the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River command center received a radio call from the crew of the vessel at 6 a.m. Saturday, reporting the yacht was…
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Texas captain honored for actions during rescue

Texas captain honored for actions during rescue

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) — The U.S. Coast Guard recognized Jonathan Green, captain of the crew boat Tropic Star, during a ceremony in Aransas Pass, Texas, on Friday. Coast Guard Capt. Hans Govertsen, commander, Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi, presented Green and the Tropic Star crew with a certificate of merit for saving the lives of two individuals who were…
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