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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Coast Guard medevacs crewman from dredge near Houston

Coast Guard medevacs crewman from dredge near Houston

(HOUSTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 37-year-old man Monday from a dredging vessel in Houston. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watch standers received a medevac request at 9:26 a.m. from the captain of dredging vessel Terrapin Island stating a crewman had severely injured his hand and was in need of assistance. The incident occurred in the Houston…
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NTSB plans public meeting on cause of SEACOR Power capsizing

NTSB plans public meeting on cause of SEACOR Power capsizing

(WASHINGTON) — On Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will hold a virtual public board meeting to determine the probable cause for the 2021 capsizing of the liftboat SEACOR Power. The board will discuss these four safety issues: • Gaps in forecasting and communications of weather events. • Operation and stability of restricted-service liftboats…
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Lessons learned: NTSB’s Safer Seas Digest 2021

Lessons learned: NTSB’s Safer Seas Digest 2021

(WASHINGTON) — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its Safer Seas Digest 2021, which highlights the most important lessons learned from marine investigations last year. Safer Seas Digest 2021 details the lessons learned from 31 maritime tragedies involving capsizings, contact, collisions, fires, flooding and groundings. Among the investigations included in the report are the sinking of Scandies Rose,…
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Coast Guard Foundation activates disaster relief program

Coast Guard Foundation activates disaster relief program

(STONINGTON, Conn.) — The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, has activated its emergency disaster relief program to provide assistance to Coast Guard members and their families impacted by Hurricane Ian. Hurricane Ian brought massive flooding and wind damage to the Southeast United States and will…
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