Coast Guard Foundation honors members for rescue on burning rig

Coast Guard Foundation honors members for rescue on burning rig

(STONINGTON, Conn.) — The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, honored a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston on Nov. 4 at the Texas Salutes the Coast Guard event in Houston. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watch standers received notification at 12:51 p.m.…
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13 rescued after fishing vessel, boxship collide off Virginia

13 rescued after fishing vessel, boxship collide off Virginia

(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — The U.S. Coast Guard and two good Samaritans rescued 13 people from a sinking commercial fishing vessel Friday approximately 63 miles southeast of Chincoteague, Va. Watch standers with Coast Guard Sector Virginia received a mayday call at approximately 2 a.m. from the 115-foot commercial fishing vessel Tremont, stating they were reportedly involved in a collision with the…
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Coast Guard medevacs mariners off NOAA vessel, bulk carrier

Coast Guard medevacs mariners off NOAA vessel, bulk carrier

(SAN PEDRO, Calif.) – The U.S. Coast Guard reported on Tuesday that it medically evacuated a 61-year-old man from a National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel 46 miles off Santa Maria, Calif. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watch standers received a call reporting that a crewmember aboard the NOAA vessel had sustained a head injury. The watch standers…
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Heater aboard bulker in layup cited in $100 million fire

Heater aboard bulker in layup cited in $100 million fire

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued three safety recommendations following an investigation into the Feb. 1, 2021, engine room fire aboard the bulk carrier Roger Blough. Roger Blough was docked in winter layup at the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding facility in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., when a fire started in the engine room. The cargo-unloading conveyor belts then…
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Coast Guard cutter Healy reaches North Pole

Coast Guard cutter Healy reaches North Pole

(NORTH POLE) — The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Healy (WAGB 20) reached the North Pole on Friday after traversing the frozen Arctic Ocean, marking only the second time a U.S. ship has reached the location unaccompanied, the first being Healy in 2015. Healy, a medium icebreaker, and crew departed Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on Sept. 4, beginning its journey to reach…
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Low water in Lower Mississippi causes multiple groundings

Low water in Lower Mississippi causes multiple groundings

(NEW ORLEANS) — The U.S. Coast Guard continues to respond to multiple barge groundings due to low water levels in the Lower Mississippi River. There are reports of barge groundings Tuesday near Stack Island, Miss., with a waterway restriction from mile marker 478 to 492, and Memphis, Tenn., with a waterway closure from mile marker 686 to 676. "Due to…
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Opinion: Coast Guard must do more to restore navigational aids on Western rivers

Opinion: Coast Guard must do more to restore navigational aids on Western rivers

By Capt. Gregory L. Smith Imagine for a second driving your car through traffic in a strange city with missing or misleading road signs, traffic lights and lane markings. Over the past decade, that is exactly the kind of navigation Western river mariners have increasingly been expected to perform. Technology that would permit 100 percent virtual aids to navigation (ATONs) may become available…
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