US Coast Guard issues first US type-approval certificate for ballast water management

December 2, 2016

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard issued the first U.S. type-approval certificate for a ballast water management system Friday. The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the certificate to Optimarin after its application for U.S. type approval was reviewed and determined to meet the requirements of the Coast Guard’s type approval requirements contained in 46 C.F.R. § 162.060. While this certification provides vessel owners and operators with a type-approved system…

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Restored US Coast Guard helicopter dedicated at the Smithsonian

HH-52A USCG rescue helicopter
April 18, 2016

WASHINGTON — A restored Coast Guard HH-52A Seaguard helicopter was dedicated into the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center during a ceremony Thursday. The 1960s era HH-52A, which bore the tail number 1426, was renovated by Vector CSP and is now the only Coast Guard aircraft on display in a Smithsonian museum. The 1426 helicopter spent many years at the North Valley Occupational Center’s aviation facility in Los…

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Sailing on US East or Gulf coast? USCG want your input

March 10, 2016

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking input from commercial and recreational mariners for an assessment of navigation requirements on the Atlantic and Gulf seacoast. The Coast Guard Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) survey is focused on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico Seacoast System, an open water system typically traveled by mariners arriving from an ocean voyage or transiting along the coast. Individual mariners and interested…

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Coast Guard Commandant lauds tremendous support for Service

February 24, 2016

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivers the 2016 State of the Coast Guard Address at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, Feb. 23, 2016. During the address Zukunft discussed the Coast Guard’s continued focus on strategic challenges, building a 21st century Coast Guard and investing in Duty to People. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley) WASHINGTON — U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft…

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Coasties, raise your pistons !

March 29, 2013

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener. |USCGC Midgett in Seattle Chip Switzer proposes to FN Stefanie Garret, a member of the engineering department aboard Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, at Coast Guard Base Seattle after the ship’s crew returned from a 75-day counter-narcotics patrol, March 21, 2013.  Congratulations Ms. Garret and Mr. Switzer…

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Watchful eye, guiding voice

October 8, 2012

The US Coast Guard celebrates forty years of Vessel Traffic Services. Natham Bradshaw of the USCG writes the article below, giving us a glimpse of their work. All professional mariners are well aware of the guiding hand of vessel traffic services, in the US and in Canada, this offers us a rare glimpse of this world, especially as it pertains to southern BC waters. USCG Vessel Traffic Service celebrates 40…

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Gun fishin’

July 1, 2012

The USCG had a recent news release / article on their fishing grounds monitoring and enforcement activities, that I found interesting to read because it wasn’t about the “war on whatever”, perhaps you might too. The article is titled Operating Forward and highlights some of the work of the newest US Coast Guard ship, the USCG Waesche, based out of Alameda, California. Read the article here. from Wikipedia

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Ejaculation helps, so they say

April 26, 2012

“Man Health”, wut de hell is dat? Yes, that’s generally how men react to doctors and probing; they become withdrawn from the conversation. If it wasn’t for the IMO, I think a fair bit of men would probably never see a health professional. But of course with seafarers requiring a physical done every two years, we are not afraid to talk about health issues aboard. I know just the other…

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