Man missing after tanker, pleasure boat collide near Port Aransas

Man missing after tanker, pleasure boat collide near Port Aransas

(PORT ARANSAS, Texas) — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Sunday morning for a boater who went missing after a tanker and recreational vessel with four people aboard collided early Saturday in Port Aransas Pass. At 5:28 a.m. Saturday, an eyewitness called Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi via Channel 16 to report the incident, according to the service. The…
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California cruise ship awaits fate after refloating, cleanup

California cruise ship awaits fate after refloating, cleanup

(SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, Calif.) — A unified command has completed its pollution response to Aurora, a decommissioned cruise ship, which sank May 22 in Little Potato Slough within the San Joaquin Delta northwest of Stockton. Over the past several weeks, response contractors, Global Diving and Salvage and subcontractors, successfully refloated the vessel and removed an estimated 21,675 gallons of oily…
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Charleston pilot honored for actions on runaway boxship

Charleston pilot honored for actions on runaway boxship

(CHARLESTON, S.C.) — The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday presented the Meritorious Public Service Award to Christopher Thornton of the Charleston Branch Pilots Association for his commendable actions related to the uncontrolled acceleration of the containership MSC Michigan VII on June 5. Rear Adm. Douglas Schofield, commander, Coast Guard Seventh District, and Cmdr. Randy Preston, deputy commander, Coast Guard Sector…
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Coast Guard upgrading printed stock for new credentials

Coast Guard upgrading printed stock for new credentials

(MARTINSBURG, W.Va.) — On March 1, the U.S. Coast Guard began issuing merchant mariner credentials (MMCs) in a new single-sheet format. This new mariner credential replaced the legacy passport-style red book and associated endorsement labels. Based on processing observations and customer feedback, the stock used for the new MMC is being upgraded to one that is significantly more tear resistant.…
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Fatal cutter collision among NTSB digest safety lessons

Fatal cutter collision among NTSB digest safety lessons

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released Safer Seas Digest 2023, which gathers the most important lessons learned from marine investigations completed last year. The digest details safety lessons from NTSB investigations that were finished in 2023, including the fatal collision between the Coast Guard cutter Winslow Griesser and the center-console boat Desakata off the coast of…
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Dali leaves Baltimore, arrives in Virginia for repairs

Dali leaves Baltimore, arrives in Virginia for repairs

(BALTIMORE) — The containership Dali headed out of Baltimore for Virginia on Monday, nearly three months after the ship lost power and struck the Francis Scott Key Bridge, causing it to collapse. Six construction workers on the bridge at the time of the incident were killed. The ship arrived at the Virginia International Gateway in Portsmouth, Va., on Tuesday, where…
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Healy heads to Arctic in support of scientific research

Healy heads to Arctic in support of scientific research

(SEATTLE) — The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Healy (WAGB 20) departed Seattle on Wednesday, beginning its months-long Arctic deployment. The crew will support scientists conducting three distinct missions. The first mission is supporting the Arctic Observing Network, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). During this mission, the cutter will service subsurface moorings in the Beaufort Sea, north of…
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Timeline extended for investigation into loss of Titan submersible

Timeline extended for investigation into loss of Titan submersible

(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation (MBI) continues to actively investigate the factors that led to the loss of the Titan submersible in the North Atlantic Ocean on June 18, 2023, with five people aboard. The Coast Guard’s investigation remains active but will take longer than initially projected to complete. “The investigation into the implosion of…
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USCG: Bulker’s cracked hull likely not from hitting obstruction

USCG: Bulker’s cracked hull likely not from hitting obstruction

(THUNDER BAY, Ontario) — The Great Lakes bulk carrier that took on water  in Lake Superior last weekend sustained a 13-foot crack in its steel hull, but the incident likely didn't result from striking an underwater obstruction as originally thought, The Detroit News reported. The bulker Michipicoten was en route from Two Harbors, Minn., to Thunder Bay on Saturday when…
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Bulker takes on water after hitting underwater object

Bulker takes on water after hitting underwater object

(SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich.) — U.S. and Canadian officials are investigating after a bulk carrier struck an underwater object and began taking on water in Lake Superior, CNN and the U.S. Coast Guard reported. The service responded after crew on the 689-foot Michipicoten reported at 6:53 a.m. Saturday that the ship was experiencing flooding as it traveled southwest of Isle…
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