San Francisco’s Navigational Aids Go Digital

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-+*Prominent navigational aids on the approach to and within San Francisco Bay have now been inputted for the first time into the electronic aid to navigation (eATON) system.  San Francisco is the first port in the United States to begin using such a system. This doesn’t mean that navigational aids in San Francisco will have electronic transmitters […]

U.S. Coast Guard Completes Largest Domestic Icebreaking Operation

Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay (WTGB 101) Biscayne Bay (WTGB 104)

-+*The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reports today they have concluded Operation Taconite, the nation’s largest domestic ice operation which has enabled commercial shipping traffic to operate on the U.S. Great Lakes through one of the most brutal winters on record.  Besides various liquid and dry cargoes, vast amounts of iron ore from the northern shores of Lake Superior were […]

SPOTD: USCGC Vigorous Returns to Port

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-+*gCaptain contributor Chase Ryan sent us the above image this week of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 210-foot Reliance-class medium endurance cutter VIGOROUS (WMEC 627) returning to port in Cape May, New Jersey. This ship was delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard in May 1968 by American Shipbuilding Company located in Ohio. Got a cool ship […]

Shell’s Grounded Drilling Rig Product Of Poor Tow Plan Says USCG

The Kulluk drilling rig under tow by the MV Aiviq (front) 80 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, on Saturday, December 29, 2012, shortly after the Aiviq began experiencing engine problems. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

-+*By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska, April 3 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell ignored warnings about the dangers of a towing mission that left a drillship grounded in the storm-tossed Gulf of Alaska in 2012, in part to avoid paying millions of dollars in state property taxes, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a report released […]

Man Convicted of Murdering Coast Guard Officer

Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III climbs onto the ship after conducting water survival training in this undated photograph. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

-+* A jury convicted a Mexican man of murder on Wednesday for ramming his suspected smuggling vessel into a U.S. Coast Guard inflatable boat, killing an officer on board off the coast of Southern California in 2012, prosecutors said.