Is BAWAT- USCG Type Approval Just A Step Away?
The towing vessel ‘Michelle Anne’ sank at Baton Rouge General Anchorage, Mississippi River, while pushing an empty dry cargo barge, on Thursday morning. The video shows the vessel catching crossways on an anchored ship shortly after. International media identify the anchored ship as the bulk carrier ‘Iolcos Unity’.

The US Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report at 11:00 a.m. of the towing vessel Michelle Anne, pushing one empty dry cargo barge with four crewmembers,...

Two illegally-operating passenger charters criminally charged

Coast Guard has adopted an aggressive posture in order to mitigate illegal passenger charter activities, due to recent back-to-back law enforcement cases that took place in Florida. As smartphone applications make it easier for passengers to locate and hire charter vessels, USCG is making greater efforts in detecting illegal chartering activities and seeks maximum enforcement actions against the vessel owners and operators.

Mainly, in separate incidents in 2017 to 2018, the Coast Guard issued...

USCG: Guidance on Certificate of Documentation delays

The US Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) informed it is experiencing delays in the time necessary to issue a Certificate of Documentation (COD).

The Coast Guard recognizes the need to minimize the effect on the maritime community of NVDC delays as a result of an office closure or other events.

To assist mariners, the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued guidance on Certificate of Documentation:

-Vessels Engaged on Domestic Voyages Only (Coastwise/Fisheries)


USCG: Deficiencies related to missing fireman’s outfits increased in San Francisco

The US Coast Guard (USCG) issued an alert informing that deficiencies related to firefighting safety and appliances continue to be the leading cause of detentions in the San Francisco area. During the fourth quarter of 2018, there was also an increase in deficiencies that related to missing or unserviceable fireman’s outfits.

A fireman’s outfit is essential to adequately protect the crew members from heat, smoke, and steam and allows them to attack the root of the fire effectively. Both the...

US Navy rescues 26 migrants off Florida

On March 8, the crew of the US Navy destroyer USS James E. Williams helped rescue 26 people from a vessel in distress 48 miles southeast of Long Key attempting to illegally enter the United States. The US Coast Guard received a notification from a good Samaritan boat reporting for a 30-foot disabled wooden sail vessel with passengers waiving for help.

Specifically, a US Navy vessel that was conducting maritime operations in the area, helped the passengers.

The crew of the Arleigh Burke-class...

USCG: Information on BWMS compliance date extensions and next drydocking

USCG is aware of the challenges owners and operators face in opting and installing a BWMS in order to keep up with the USCG regulations. Therefore, after considering the interpretation of the ‘next scheduled drydocking’ with regard to 33 CFR 151 Subparts C and D, the Coast Guard provides extra guidance on what constitutes entry into drydock and the end of an extension period.

Generally, many are the vessels that have received an expansion of the ballast water compliance date that was stipulated...

46 fishermen rescued from ice floe in Lake Erie

46 fishermen rescued from ice floe in Lake Erie
The US Coast Guard and local agencies rescued 46 ice fishermen from an ice floe that broke free near Catawba Island, in western Lake Erie, Saturday. An additional estimated 100 people were able to self-rescue themselves from the ice floe either by swimming or walking on ice-bridges that were still connected to the floe initially.

After receiving a notification from an Ohio Department of Natural Resources representative in the morning hours of Saturday, USCG District 9 Command Center launched...

USCG saves 15 passengers from stricken catamaran off Lanai

Good samaritan vessels and a U.S. Coast Guard boat crew rescued 15 passengers from a catamaran after it struck a rock off Lanai and began to take on water, on March 9. There were no injuries or pollution reported.

At 0900 hours, Sector Honolulu got a call in distress from a passenger catamaran Kaulana. The vessel reported to have been struck a rock off Manele Bay while under way from Lanai to Maui.

Due to hitting a rock, the master of the catamaran stated that there was a hole in the hull and...