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…


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…


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…


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…


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


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…


From the Coach – A statue would have done just fine

July 24, 2010

Andrew J. Barberi was an American high school football coach; in 1981, New York City chose to name their newest passenger ferry between Manhattan and Long Island after him, to celebrate his long dedication to the community. Little did they know at the time, that the vessel would become quite well known in its own right. In 2003 the Andrew J. Barberi, with 1500 passengers on board, plowed into a…


How to screw a pooch

May 4, 2010

Unless you have been hiding under a rock these last two weeks, you are no doubt aware of the terrible accident on the oil drilling rig Deepwater Horizon. The rig was owned by Transocean, and under contract to BP (British Petroleum) drilling a well, about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. On April 20th, 2010, there was an explosion around 10pm, and the rig burned violently for two days…