REPOSTED BY PERMISSION
January 27, 2005
The CG e-Newsletter is designed to keep you informed of issues and programs that affect the United States Coast Guard. It includes links to commercial news materials that do not represent official Coast Guard positions or policies. If you are unable to open any of these links, if you want to be removed from our distribution list for this weekly message, or if you know someone who wants to be added, please e-mail LRWilliams@comdt.uscg.mil. The CG e-Newsletter is also available at: http://www.uscg.mil/overview/USCG%20e-Newsletter.htm
In this week's newsletter:
Coast Guard interdictions tops in decade
Miami, FL, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Figures released by the Coast Guard in Miami show 10,696 potential illegal immigrants were intercepted at sea last year, the most since 1994.
Coast Guard hazmat team joins
tsunami relief effort
By Juliana Gittler, Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Friday, January 21, 2005
UTAPAO, Thailand - A specialized Coast Guard team arrived to South Asia with the wave of U.S. forces this month to offer a different type of life-saving aid to Operation Unified Assistance.
Coast Guard to Protect Cruise Ships Super Bowl Week
Last Update: 1/25/2005 1:05:10 PM
The U.S. Coast Guard is revving up to protect Jacksonville by sea when the Super Bowl comes to town.
DHS personnel system unveiled
River accidents spur Coast Guard to impose new reporting rules
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
By Mike Bucsko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A fatal towboat accident 10 days ago and several recent breakaway barge incidents prompted the Coast Guard commander in Pittsburgh to announce yesterday that he will shut down operations of marine companies involved in future accidents until the companies provide detailed reports.
Towboat in fatal crash had prior power failure
Thursday, January 27, 2005
CARROLLTON - A ruptured pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Kentucky River yesterday, forming a slick 12 miles long.
By TIM MOLLOY, Associated Press Writer
LOS ANGELES - Investigators are testing oil wiped from the coated bodies of birds to try to determine the origin of a mysterious oil spill somewhere along a 90-mile stretch of the Southern California coast.
Four stowaways caught near port
BY DAN GARCIA
Four men, believed to be stowaways from Colombia, were detained at Port Canaveral late Tuesday, caught because of increased security in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a sheriff's agent said.
Coast Guard imposes security
zone at port
Area will keep boats from military ships
Critics Doubt Liquefied Natural Gas Safety
The Associated Press
Saturday, January 22, 2005; 8:12 PM
WASHINGTON - When an explosion flattened a liquefied natural gas plant in Algeria, killing 30 workers, one might say the heat was felt half a world away - in coastal towns in New England, Alabama and California. The Algerian inferno a year ago undermined industry arguments that the modern era of LNG transport is inherently safe. It also became rallying point for groups fighting proposed new LNG terminals in their towns.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Most ships arriving in the Great Lakes are exempt from regulations meant to keep out invasive species capable of wreaking havoc on the ecosystem, the U.S. Coast Guard has acknowledged as it moves to tighten controls.
Captain pleads guilty to
Harbor City fishing charter captain was accused of shooting at sea lions during two cruises last year.
Copley News Service
Shark fins ordered seized in San Diego
SIGNONSANDIEGO NEWS SERVICES
3:56 a.m. January 25, 2005
SAN DIEGO - A federal judge says that a U.S.-flagged ship that obtains shark fins, but no shark carcasses, from foreign vessels at sea is a "fishing vessel" in violation of the Shark Finning Prohibition Act.
North Dartmouth man charged with violating federal lobster laws
Thursday, January 20, 2005
BOSTON - The captain of two New Bedford-based fishing vessels is facing charges he was ``scrubbing'' lobsters in violation of federal law.
Coast Guard sends aircraft,
cutter to stricken research vessel
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A "Semester at Sea" research ship with 990 people on board was temporarily disabled in the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, and Coast Guard vessels and aircraft from Alaska and Hawaii were dispatched to help.
Coast Guard Finds Drugs During Vessel Safety Inspection
January 26, 2005
SEATTLE - The Coast Guard conducted a safety inspection of a 48-foot commercial fishing vessel Monday afternoon in Westport, Wash., resulting in the arrest of a crewmember for methamphetamine possession.
Coast Guard takes ferry physicals on faith
More sick or drugged-up captains like the pilot who crashed the Staten Island ferryboat could be sailing New York waters - and the Coast Guard would not necessarily know about it, a top official said yesterday.
Hungarian captain guilty of operating ship while drunk
MCGLONE, The Virginian-Pilot
(c) January 20, 2005 | Last updated 9:11 PM Jan. 19
NORFOLK - A Hungarian ship captain was convicted Wednesday of operating a commercial vessel while under the influence of alcohol and was fined $3,000.
Coast Guard Recovers
Fisherman's Body In Galveston Bay
Shrimp Boat Capsizes In Galveston Causeway
LULING, La. -- A tugboat sank on the Mississippi River early Tuesday and the vessel's captain is missing.
Copter crashes off Va. Beach
BY KIMBALL PAYNE
Published January 26, 2005
A minesweeping helicopter crashed during routine training exercises off Virginia Beach on Tuesday, forcing Coast Guard aircraft and Navy ships into a rescue operation for the eight people on board.
Duck hunters are rescued from wintry weather
CHINCOTEAGUE -- Twice last week, duck hunters were rescued after running into problems during wintry weather.
BODEGA BAY Coast Guard saves Occidental surfer
A 33-year-old Occidental surfer was rescued from the swift ocean currents off Salmon Creek on Saturday morning when the Bodega Bay Coast Guard plucked him out of the water by lifeboat.
Coast Guard member saves life of Pax River policemen
NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs
A boatswain's mate for Coast Guard Station, St. Inigoes, based at Webster Field, was honored Friday for saving a NAS Patuxent River Police officer from drowning Nov. 23, and was also recognized as the station's Sailor of the Quarter.
Lives that passed in the night
During his first time at sea, Coast Guardsman Roger Shine's life was forever altered when the cutter Blackthorn collided with a tanker near the Sunshine Skyway bridge.
DeGREGORY, Times Staff Writer
Published January 27, 2005
ST. PETERSBURG - It was dark when they finally pulled out of port.
Neebish dispute averted by re-routing coal ship
By JACK STOREY/The Evening News
NEEBISH ISLAND - After some discussion of a very late coal delivery to the Carbide Dock in Sault Ste. Marie, Coast Guard officials on Wednesday opted to close the W. Neebish (or downbound) ship channel at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Families greet Decisive crew
Cutter left for Jamaica in December
THE SUN HERALD
PASCAGOULA - Jeremy Walley's family usually arrives at dockside to take him home when he and shipmates aboard the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Decisive return from a deployment - and that's just what they did early Sunday evening.
FREEPORT - It took six members of the U.S. Coast Guard and a 65-foot tug, the Shackle, about 90 minutes to break ice from the Harraseeket River and free up boats near the harbor in South Freeport Wednesday.
Vessel, crew clear way
Icebreaking "Wire" keeps Hudson open for navigation in winter
BRUCE A. SCRUTON, Staff writer
First published: Thursday, January 27, 2005
Like most people, Chad Curth fought snow and ice getting to work Wednesday morning. Unlike others, he encountered no traffic along the way.
Winter surf puts would-be heroes to the test
Seattle Times staff reporter
CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT, Pacific County - The daylight was already fading as Coast Guard crewman Dave Kendall piloted a rescue boat out into the treacherous waters where the Columbia River empties into the Pacific. His stomach tightened as the waves came fast off Peacock Spit.
Firefighters practice ice rescues
By Jason Miller, The News-Dispatch
The fact that a group of grown men in neoprene suits they said reminded them of the cartoon character Gumby were splashing around in the icy water of Lake Michigan Tuesday doesn't mean they weren't doing their jobs.
TRAINING THE TRAINERS
Coast Guard crew members gain captaincy qualifications in Dundalk
by Marge Neal
When the U.S. Coast Guard barque Eagle leaves the Guard's Curtis Bay shipyard in Baltimore later this month - spiffed up and shiny after routine maintenance and some badly needed renovations - she will technically be under the direction of just one commanding officer, Capt. Eric J. Shaw.
Auxiliarists are taking the Plunge
SEWARD, ALASKA-Members of the Seward Flotilla of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, as well as the crew of USCG Cutter Mustang, will participated in the Polar Bear Jump Off Festival in Seward that started on Jan. 21.
Labonte ready to roll
Last update: January 25, 2005
DAYTONA BEACH -- Monday marked the last of a three-day Busch Series test and the final day of NASCAR's Preseason Thunder test session at Daytona International Speedway.
More CG News
INTERNAL LINKS TO OTHER SECTIONS OF JACK'S JOINT
COAST GUARD STORIES LIBRARY SHELVES THE COMPLETE LIBRARY THE PERMANENT NUMERICAL LISTINGS
COAST GUARD NEWS AND EVENTS OTHER COAST GUARD STUFF COAST GUARD NEWSLETTERS FRONT PAGE
BOOK AND VIDEO REVIEWSLIT LAMPS OF THE WORLD ANCIENT MARINERS AND FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS