Pipeline Fire Injures Two Off Louisiana

Ms. Kerci. Photo: C-Dive

Two crew members from a dive support vessel were injured Wednesday after a natural gas pipeline they were working on caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Coast Guard says they were notified Wednesday night at about 8:30 p.m. that a natural gas pipeline ruptured and was on fire about 25 miles south of March Island, Louisiana. The dive support vessel Ms. Kerci was … [Read more...]

Greenpeace Protesters Face Steep Fines for Bridge Hanging Stunt

Activists suspend themselves from Portland's St. Johns Bridge in an attempt to block Shell's icebreaker from returning to Alaska. Photo: Greenpeace

  By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Five Greenpeace protesters who dangled from a Portland, Oregon, bridge for two days in a bid to block a Royal Dutch Shell ship headed to the Arctic to drill for oil are each facing $5,000 fines from the U.S. Coast Guard, authorities said on Thursday. Three of the protesters dangled from the 200-foot-high St. John's … [Read more...]

USCG Calls Off Search for Missing Containership Crewman

MV Ibrahim Dede. File photo (c) MarineTraffic.com/

  The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday suspended its search for a missing crew member of containership between Bayonne, New Jersey, and Ocean City, Maryland less than 24 hours after the man was reported missing. The Coast Guard says it was notified of the missing man at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday by the 600-foot, Marshall Islands–flagged freight ship Ibrahim Dede. … [Read more...]

Coast Guard Sees Added Burden in Shell’s Arctic Drilling Quest

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak conducts the 13th hoist of 18 crewmen from the mobile drilling unit Kulluk 80 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012. The tug Aiviq suffered problems towing the Kulluk Thursday prompting the Coast Guard to deploy cutters and aircraft to while Royal Dutch Shell dispatched additiona tugs. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

  By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard has been forced to divert resources - including a vessel that fights cocaine trafficking - to the Arctic this summer to ensure that Royal Dutch Shell's exploratory oil drilling meets its environmental and safety commitments, its top officer said. The added Coast Guard presence in the Chukchi … [Read more...]

The U.S. Coast Guard Just Offloaded Over $1 Billion of Cocaine Seized in Pacific Ocean

Crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton stop a Self-Propelled Semi Submersible (SPSS) off the coast of Central America in this U.S. Coast Guard picture taken July 18, 2015 and released August 5, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone

  The U.S. Coast Guard offloaded more than 66,000 pounds of cocaine worth just over $1 billion from the USCGC Stratton in San Diego on Monday in what is believed to be the largest known cocaine offload in Coast Guard history. The drugs were seized from smugglers in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 23 separate interdictions by U.S. Coast Guard cutters and Coast Guard law … [Read more...]

Ship Photos of the Day – USCG’s Newest National Security Cutter From the Air

The Coast Guard’s latest 418-foot National Security Cutter, James (WSML 754), is underway in the Atlantic Ocean with an MH-65 "Dolphin" helicopter, Thursday, July 30, 2015. The James is the fifth of eight planned National Security Cutters – the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutters in the Coast Guard’s fleet. The cutters’ design provides better sea-keeping, higher sustained transit speeds, greater endurance and range, and the ability to launch and recover small boats from astern, as well as aviation support facilities and a flight deck for helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau)

The U.S. Coast Guard will officially debut its newest National Security Cutter (NSC), Coast Guard Cutter James (WMSL 754) during a ceremony Saturday, August 8th at Coast Guard Base Boston. The cutter is named for Capt. Joshua James, who is credited with saving more than 600 lives during his time with the U.S. Life-Saving Service, which merged with the Revenue Cutter Service … [Read more...]

Semper Paratus! U.S. Coast Guard Celebrates 225 Years of Service

NSC Stratton

The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday is celebrating 225 years of service to the nation. It was on this day in 1790 when President George Washington signed the Tariff Act, authorizing the construction 10 "revenue cutters" requested by Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling. It was later in 1915 that the … [Read more...]