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Yacht Cheeki Rafiki Feared Lost, Four UK Sailors Missing, Controversy as Coast Guard Calls Off Search

UPDATE:  The US Coast Guard has resumed the search for the missing crew from the Cheeki Rafiki.   Over 200,000 signed petitions asking that the search be resumed.  British Prime Minister David Cameron thanked the Coast Guard on Twitter after it made … Continue reading

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USCG Barque Eagle Bound for Baltimore Overhaul?

Interesting news about the US Coast Guard training ship, the barque Eagle. As reported by The Day, The Coast Guard barque Eagle may go to Baltimore for extensive repairs so future officers can keep training on the ship for years … Continue reading

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Bounty Hearings Streaming Live

Today is third day of hearings by the US Coast Guard on the sinking of the HMS Bounty on October 29, 2012, with loss of crew member Claudene Christian and Captain Robin Walbridge.  The hearings will continue in Portsmouth VA through … Continue reading

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Shell Oil Drilling Rig Kulluk Aground on Sitkalidak Island – US Coast Guard Video

So far, the Shell Oil drilling rig Kulluk is reported to have remained intact with no observed leaks of diesel fuel, lube or hydraulic oil, after grounding on Alaska’s Sitkalidak Island on Monday night. The video below was taken yesterday by … Continue reading

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The Hurricane Sandy Pollution Response Unified Command Tackles the John B. Caddell

I have great admiration for those whose successfully navigate the rocks and shoals of the bureaucracy in order to get anything done around New York harbor. A Coast Guard press release brought this to mind. The US Coast Guard is … Continue reading

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Search for Captain Robin Walbridge, Washed off the Sinking HMS Bounty, Ends – Investigation into Sinking Begins

Sadly, the US Coast Guard has suspended the search for Captain Robin Walbridge, who was washed off the HMS Bounty as she sank in high seas on Monday off the coast of North Carolina.   Claudene Christian, 42, was also lost overboard. … Continue reading

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HMS Bounty Foundering off North Carolina, 17 Member Crew Abandoning Ship

Update: from the Bounty Facebook page 7:10 AM -  At 0430 today the Captain ordered all hands to abandon ship. There are 17 Crew on board and at this moment all crew are accounted for and are in Life rafts.   The … Continue reading

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Happy 222nd Birthday US Coast Guard!

Two hundred and twenty years ago today on August 4th, 1790, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton established the  Revenue Cutter Service, predecessor to the United States Coast Guard. (In 1915, the service merged with the United States Life-Saving Service and adopted its current name.)  So … Continue reading

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Seafarers Awareness Week – In Distress at Sea, Seafarers to the Rescue

For those in trouble at sea, technology has dramatically increased the chances of survival. Satellite phones, GPS transducers, EPIRBs and the like have made it possible to call for help across the vastness of the world’s oceans.  Some things haven’t changed however.  When help arrives, chances are, it will … Continue reading

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Coast Guard – Link Between Texas and New Jersey Hoax Distress Calls?

Last week we posted about a distress call to the Coast Guard reporting a yacht explosion off the New Jersey shore, which was an apparent hoax.  The search and rescue operation which resulted is estimated to have cost over $300,000.  Now the Coast … Continue reading

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AMVER Rescue of Finnish Sailors on Sailboat Kamu by the Stolt Invention

We consider AMVER to be one of the true “unsung heroes” of the maritime world.  AMVER is the “Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue” system run by the US Coast Guard.  Established in 1958, it is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide … Continue reading

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Holey Hull Plates! Newly Delivered USCGC Stratton Docking for Repairs

The USCGC Stratton is the Coast Guard’s newest cutter.  Built at  Ingalls Shipbuilding of Pascagoula, Miss., she was acquired by the Coast Guard on September 2, 2011 and officially commissioned on  March 31, 2012.  Roughly a month after the 418′ foot … Continue reading

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Murder on Kodiac Island. Alaska

This sounds like the teaser from a thriller or murder mystery. Unfortunately, it is all too real.  Last Thursday, shortly after 7 AM, coworkers found the bodies of US Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Hopkins and retired Boatswain Mate Chief Rich Belisle, working as a civilian contractor, at … Continue reading

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Large Reward for Whistle-blowing Engineer on M/V Aquarosa

When US Coast Guard inspectors came aboard the bulk carrier M/V Aquarosa in Baltimore in February of 2011, a junior engineer slipped them a note, which read, “I have sometheng to till you but secret.”  The engineer, Salvatore Lopez, from the Philippines, had collected evidence of the illegal … Continue reading

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USCG Air Station Kodiac Rescues 11 from Two Fishing Boats

In two separate incidents, US Coast Guard Air Station Kodiac crews rescued eleven fisherman from two boats on Wednesday. The 58-foot fishing vessel Kimberly ran aground on Portage Bay southwest of Kodiak on the Alaska Peninsula Tuesday night around 8 p.m. but severe weather prevented the Coast … Continue reading

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The Passengers are Fatter so US Coast Guard Revises their Regulations

For roughly the last fifty years, the US Coast Guard regulations for the loading and stability of passenger vessels has assumed an average weight of 160 pounds per person.  Conceding to the reality of a more corpulent population, the regulations were updated last month, increasing the … Continue reading

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Five Sailors Saved by Cruise Ship Norwegian Gem in Coast Guard AMVER Rescue

On Saturday morning, the 39′ sailboat, Sanctuary, in heavy weather 256 miles northeast of Bermuda, was hit by several breaking waves, lost power and began slowly taking on water. The crew of five, four men and one woman, called for help.   The US Coast Guard … Continue reading

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U.S. Coast Guard Punishes 7 for Sexual Hazing Aboard Cutter Venturous

Navy Times is reporting that seven US Coast Guard personnel have been found guilty of various charges; including indecent exposure, assault and disorderly conduct; related to tying down and stripping fellow crew members aboard the cutter Venturous.  The hazing incidents took … Continue reading

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Lard Ho! Coast Guard Ups the Weight for Average Passengers

The US Coast Guard has updated its regulations, increasing the average weight per passenger for stability and loading calculations of tour and charter boats  from 160 pounds to 185 pounds. Lard ahoy! Coast Guard estimates average weight of cruise passengers has gone up by … Continue reading

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“A Whale” Skimmer Not Ready for Prime Time – Initial Testing Inconclusive

Whale of a skimmer not ready to attack Gulf oil after weekend of testing The behemoth Taiwanese oil skimmer, A Whale, is not yet ready attack the Gulf of Mexico oil spill after a weekend of testing proved inconclusive, said … Continue reading

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