USCG, Royal Navy partner to fight narcotics

The Royal Navy auxiliary RFA Mounts Bay has partnered with US Coast Guard counter-narcotics experts and a law enforcement boarding team on the continuous efforts to prevent illegal drugs from South and Central America reaching North America and the wider world, drugs which are typically smuggled across the Caribbean in small speedboats known as go-fasts.

Specifically, Mounts Bay supports UK’s long term naval presence in the Caribbean, dedicating its summer and autumn to disaster relief...

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Three stowaways found on merchant vessel off Port of Miami

The US Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection responded to a report of three stowaways on the merchant vessel, Diana J, on January 16, about three miles off the Port of Miami.

The US Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders received a report from the Diana J crew informing they had located two Guatemalan adult male stowaways and one Honduran adult male stowaway during a pre-arrival stowaway search approximately 23 miles northwest of La Palma, Cuba, on January 15.

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USCG’s only heavy icebreaker reaches Antarctica

The 150 crewmembers of the US Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived on January 17, in Antarctica along with a resupply vessel during Operation Deep Freeze. This is a joint military service mission to resupply US interests in Antarctica.

The 42-year-old Coast Guard cutter is the US’s only operational heavy icebreaker, and the crew is making their sixth deployment the resupply of McMurdo Station, – the US’s main logistics hub in Antarctica. Operation Deep Freeze is a joint military service...

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USCG searches for two missing after anti-pollution support boat capsizes

The U.S. Coast Guard and local agencies are looking for two people in the water near Bootheville, Louisiana after the support boat they were on capsized during a training exercise involving the oil spill response vessel Louisiana ‘Responder’.

Mainly, according to Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, the watchstanders got a report at about 10.40 am, on January 16 concerning a capsized 32-foot vessel that had two people onboard. As stated in the report, the vessel capsized in the vicinity of mile...

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USCG proceeds to formal investigation on capsized fishing vessel

The US Coast Guard, announced on January 16, the official marine casualty investigation of the fishing vessel Mary B II, which capsized off Newport, Oregon on January 9. The capsized vessel led to three fishermen loosing their lives, according to the Coast Guard’s statement.

Specifically, Rear Adm. David Throop, Coast Guard 13th District Commander authorized the investigation pursuant to the authority contained in Title 46, United States Code, Section 6301 and the regulations promulgated there...

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Bulk carrier refloated after grounding near Virginia Beach

The US Coast Guard refloated the 958-foot bulk carrier ‘JSW Salem’, after it ran aground about 2.5 miles east of Virginia Beach, Thursday morning. The refloating became feasible with the rising tide and the RB-M crew escorted the ship to an anchorage about 1 mile off Virginia Beach.

Crew members aboard the JSW Salem contacted US Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders in Portsmouth after the ship ran aground near Cape Henry Buoy #4. The ship’s crew reported there were 120,000 metric tons...

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Three die as fishing vessel capsizes

The US Coast Guard is investigating the capsizing of the commercial fishing vessel Mary B II, which led to the deaths of three fishermen at the entrance of Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon, on January 8.

The three fishermen were inbound the Yaquina Bay Bar onboard the 42-foot vessel Mary B II when it capsized without warning. Two fishermen fell overboard into the stormy Pacific Ocean with reported waves of 14 to 16 feet with occasional waves of 20 feet.

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USCG informs about lapse in appropriations and mariner credentials

The National Maritime Center (NMC) posted updated information for merchant mariners that are affected by the lapse in appropriation. The NMC said that the partial shutdown may affect the industry and cause inconvenience.

Namely, mariners should take consideration of the following information:

  • Merchant Mariner Credentials (MMC) (National Endorsements only) and Medical Certificates that expired in December 2018 or expire in January 2019 are extended as valid until March 31, 2019. Print the...

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