UPDATE: Life Ring Found in Search for Missing American Cargo Ship ‘El Faro’ Near the Bahamas

The El Faro is shown in this undated handout photo provided by Tote Maritime in Jacksonville, Florida, October 2, 2015. Reuters/Tote Maritime

  Update (Saturday 8 p.m. EDT) - The U.S. Coast Guard has confirmed that a life ring belonging to El Faro was found in the search area near the Bahamas on Saturday. The life ring was spotted during an overflight approximately 120 nautical miles northeast of Crooked Island, Bahamas. A Coast Guard helicopter crew recovered the life ring and confirmed it … [Read more...]

Bulk Carrier Spills Diesel in Oregon After Hitting Pier

Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Campanale, marine science technician at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, surveys the damage done to the MV Global Gold after it allided with Pier 1 in the Port of Astoria, Ore., and spilled 1,100 gallons of diesel fuel, Oct. 2, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

  Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier spilled over 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel after alliding with a pier in Astoria, Oregon early Friday. The U.S. Coast Guard says it was alerted at approximately 12:55 a.m. that the 565-foot Global Gold allided with Pier 1 in the Port of Astoria, causing a 4-foot by 8-inch gash in the port side of the hull towards the stern. By 3:30 … [Read more...]

Car Carrier Detained in Tacoma Over Fire Safety Violations

The MV Pegasus Highway approaches the port of Tacoma, Wash., after being detained by the Captain of the Port for multiple safety deficiencies found during a Port State and International Ship and Port Facility Security Exam, September 9, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

  The U.S. Coast Guard has detained a Panamanian-flagged car carrier in the Port of Tacoma this week due to safety deficiencies including an inoperable fire detection system. A Port State Control exam team boarded the 590-foot MV Pegasus Highway on Wednesday for a routine PSC inspection. While aboard, the Coast Guard discovered multiple violations of the Safety of … [Read more...]

Huntington Ingalls Wants Dibs on Obama’s Icebreakers

The medium icebreaker USCGC Healy cruises through the Arctic Ocean Aug. 19, 2015, in support of the Geotraces mission. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

  WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc, which builds aircraft carriers and U.S. Navy warships, on Tuesday said it was keen to bid to build new icebreakers for the U.S. Coast Guard, after President Barack Obama pushed for quicker work on the program. The company's Ingalls shipbuilding unit, based in Pascagoula, Mississippi, built the newest … [Read more...]