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December 22, 2004

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Homeland Security deputy steps down

From National Journal's Technology Daily

James Loy, deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, announced his resignation Saturday, and it will be effective March 1 or when a successor is named.

Cargo Security Plan Starts to Take Shape

Associated Press

The Homeland Security Department hasn't settled on a final plan to keep freight shipping safe from terrorism, but it has concluded that a top priority is faster deployment of more sophisticated radiation detectors at airports, seaports and border crossings.

US official says LNG shipments can be safe

By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff  |  December 22, 2004

WASHINGTON -- The government's top fossil fuels specialist said yesterday that a new study of risks of liquefied natural gas tanker spills provides the clearest evidence of the serious dangers a terrorist attack on an LNG tanker would pose to an urban area, but he believes such shipments ''can be done safely" with tight security.

Fierce storm might worsen oil spill

By Craig Welch

Seattle Times staff reporter

DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska - A storm more powerful than the one that ripped a freighter in half off the coast of Unalaska Island swept over the Aleutians last night, promising near-hurricane-force winds that could do even more damage to the stranded ship.

Del River crew spends three weeks battling oil spill

By Jim Westhoff

The clean, slate-gray decks of the ship show no trace of the thousands of gallons of oil crews have been battling for the last three weeks.

Alameda Coast Guard Vessel Seizes $95 Million In Cocaine

POSTED: 10:28 pm PST December 21, 2004
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- A U.S. Coast Guard cutter based in Alameda is returning home today after seizing $95 million worth of cocaine in two separate operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, the Coast Guard announced today.

Navy seizes 12 tonnes of cocaine

(Filed: 21/12/2004)

A Royal Navy warship has helped seize 12 tonnes of cocaine worth millions of pounds as part of a crackdown on Jamaican drug smugglers, the Foreign Office has said.

Officials search for possible Cuban refugees off Manalapan coast

By Leon Fooksman

Staff Writer
Posted December 21 2004

MANALAPAN -- Police and the U.S. Coast Guard searched Monday for refugees in the ocean waters off Palm Beach County after a suspected Cuban national swam to shore Sunday night in this exclusive town wearing just his underwear.,0,4801698.story?coll=sfla-news-palm

State Police to team with Coast Guard
Agreement gives cops more powers in war against terrorism

Friday, December 17, 2004
By Bonnie Friedman

Journal staff writer

Acting Gov. Richard Codey signed agreements yesterday with the U.S. Coast Guard, the State Police, and the state attorney general giving enforcement rights to state police officers patrolling critical homeland security zones.

California Lawmakers Consider Forming 'Naval Militia'

POSTED: 8:49 pm PST December 19, 2004
SACRAMENTO -- State lawmakers are contemplating the creation of a new "naval militia" to be drawn from Navy, Marine and Coast Guard reserves, the Sacramento Bee reported Sunday.

Coast Guard gearing up
Protecting our waters

Right from the start of the new year, the Marine Safety Office Guam and Coast Guard Marianas Section will merge into what will be known as U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam.

Deadly water taxi too heavy

BALTIMORE (AP) - The water taxi that capsized in the Inner Harbor in March and killed five persons was carrying 700 pounds too much weight when it was hit by high winds in a sudden storm, according to a federal report.

As search continues, hope fades
5 fishermen believed dead; survivor speaks

NEW BEDFORD -- As the Coast Guard scoured the frigid waters off Nantucket last night for five fishermen feared dead more than 24 hours after their scallop boat sank, the lone survivor described his struggle for survival in a raging sea after watching the vessel's only life boat slip from the grasp of crewmates.

Two in critical condition after small plane crashes

Associated Press

A small single-engine airplane crashed north of Texas City on Sunday, critically injuring the two people aboard, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Coast Guard rescues 6 boaters in 2 incidents stranded off Chas. coast

(Charleston-AP) Dec. 20, 2004 - Coast Guard officials rescued six people stranded in two separate incidents after mechanical problems left their sailboats drifting off the coast of Charleston.

Russian Ice-Breaker Krasin Heading for Antarctic to Rescue U.S. Polar Station McMurdo

VLADIVOSTOK, December 21 (RIA Novosti, Anatoly Ilyukhov) - The Far-Eastern Marine Shipping Company's icebreaker Krasin leaves Vladivostok on Tuesday for the Antarctic to rescue the US polar station McMurdo.

Lockheed Martin Completes U.S. Coast Guard Ports and Waterways Safety System in New Orleans

Monday December 20, 9:04 am ET

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT - News) completed another key milestone for the U.S. Coast Guard's Ports and Waterways Safety System (PAWSS), enhancing safety and surveillance over a 270-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico.

Engine problems plague helicopters; Coast Guard behind on replacement

By Leslie Miller, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - The number of engine malfunctions on the U.S. Coast Guard's workhorse helicopter has increased dramatically as efforts to install safer motors have fallen behind schedule, a government watchdog group said recently.

Coast Guard Proposes River Security During Super Bowl

POSTED: 5:18 pm EST December 16, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The U.S. Coast Guard's Jacksonville Marine Safety Office proposes a series of temporary regulated navigation areas, security zones and temporary anchorage areas on the St. Johns River during Super Bowl XXXIX.

Coast Guard Investigates the Damages to Ferry Fairweather

U. S. Coast Guard
December 21, 2004

JUNEAU, AK - The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) is cooperating with U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office, Juneau to investigate and evaluate structural damage sustained to the Ferry FAIRWEATHER.,13319,uscg1_122104.00.html

Blue Angels jet recovered from gulf off Panhandle

Associated Press

A Blue Angels jet that crashed while on a familiarization flight by a new member of the Navy precision flying team has been recovered from the Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard Locates Sunken Fishing Vessel Marian Ann

U. S. Coast Guard
December 17, 2004

COAST GUARD ISLAND ALAMEDA, Calif. - December 14, 2004 the Coast Guard successfully located the F/V MARIAN ANN, which sank for unknown reasons on September 21, 2004 approximately 15 miles off the coast of Humboldt Bay, California.,13319,uscg1_121704.00.html

Town seeks legislation after fuel spill in harbor
Requirement for two person fueling proposed

By David Still II

Hyannis Harbor has seen its share of fuel spills in the last five years, the latest of which came Saturday when a fuel truck operator collapsed while refueling Hy-Line's Grey Lady at the Ocean Street docks.,5719,2114949,2114949xp,,,Doc,home.htm

Moving The Ferry Forward, What Will It Take?

Doria/Flasch (Rochester, NY) 12/21/04 - City Council's vote is critical but it's only part of what is needed to move the ferry forward.

Coast Guard tries new lift schedule at Steel Bridge

By CLAUDIA ASSIS, The Virginian-Pilot
(c) December 16, 2004 | Last updated 9:09 PM Dec. 15

CHESAPEAKE - Drivers and boaters have until mid-March to give the U.S. Coast Guard a piece of their minds about the Dominion Boulevard Steel Bridge's new opening schedule.

Coast Guard agrees to limit open-bridge railroad delays

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Star-Ledger Staff

NJ Transit rail commuters won't have to worry about delays this winter when the drawbridge that carries trains to Manhattan across the Hackensack River opens for passing barges.

Coast Guard Cracks Down on Fishing Boats

The Coast Guard is cracking down on fishing boats that lack required safety equipment.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Over the past two days, the cutter Moray stopped four Maine vessels and ordered them back to port.

Coast Guard says Mexicans in U.S. waters

South Padre Island, TX, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday that three Mexican fishermen were apprehended for illegally fishing in U.S. waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

Satellite Monitoring Nets Oculina Bank Violators
Recreational fishermen also nabbed in closed zone.

The owner of the Miss Rosa Marie and the vessel's operator, Brent Zirlott Jr., have until January 17 to contest a $30,000 fine and 45-day permit sanction for using a bottom trawl to fish for rock shrimp within the Oculina Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern.

Trio in rare home-port visit for Christmas

By Elizabeth Kenny

PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD - They may be homeported at the shipyard, but for about 200 days this year, members of three Coast Guard cutters have been off at sea, patrolling the coast, conducting homeland-security missions, thwarting the transportation of drugs and helping to enforce immigration policies.

2005 Isn't Far Off; Who To Watch: Part 3

by Amanda Brahler

Justin Labonte - Labonte Motorsports with Haas CNC Racing Chevrolet - Hendrick support will help younger Labonte too.

Olympic Medalist Promotes Boating Safety

Rebecca Giddens Release

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the American Canoe Association (ACA) are pleased to announce a national public service campaign featuring Olympic Silver Medalist Rebecca Giddens.

Going By the Book

By Stephen Chupaska
Published on 12/17/2004

New London - Photographer Roger Miller prefers to the think of life at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as a "different reality."

Coast Guard 'elves' see benefit of hard work

By Carol Glassman


Santa came a little early to kindergarten classes at Manatee Elementary School, but he wasn't wearing his familiar red outfit.

Coast Guard on Television

Dec 28, at 9 p.m., and Dec 29, at 12 a.m., 5 a.m. 8 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m., the Discovery Wings Channel will air "Coast Guard: Helicopters to the Rescue" that features various Coast Guard crews battling the odds to rescue people.

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