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CG e-Newsletter

September 16, 2004

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 In this week's newsletter:


Department of Homeland Security Announces $49 Million in Grants to Secure America's Ports

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact:  202-282-8010
September 13, 2004

As part of the Department's commitment to enhance security at our nation's key ports and facilities, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge is pleased to announce $49,429,867 in the fourth round of port security grants.  

http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/display?content=3996


Port security faces a funding abyss
The government and maritime industry seek a way to pay for mandates enacted two years ago.

BY PETER DUJARDIN
247-4749

September 11 2004

NORFOLK -- Not long after terrorists hijacked jetliners and killed thousands of people in the terror attacks of 2001, the United States was hit with a sobering realization - that an even worse cataclysm might yet come.

http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-75926sy0sep11,0,5143533.story?coll=dp-head


U.S. cracks down on maritime security offenders

10 Sep 2004 19:31:35 GMT

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Anti-terrorism measures are so weak in the ports of 17 countries, including key oil exporter Nigeria, that the United States will beef up screening at its ports of ships that recently docked there, the Coast Guard said on Friday.

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N10161817.htm


BAY AREA
Security beefed up on passenger ferries
More Coast Guard, police, deputies -- some riders skeptical

Michael Cabanatuan, Chronicle Staff Writer, Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The Golden Gate Ferry MV Del Norte may have been the most peaceful place in the Bay Area on Tuesday afternoon, drenched in warm sunshine as it skipped gently across the bay between San Francisco and Larkspur.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/09/15/BAG0L8P5MD1.DTL


Lack Of Maritime Security Leaves U.S. Ports Open To Attack

By Merrie Schilter-Lowe
Special to American Forces Press Service

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., Sept. 10, 2004 -- Though the United States is safer today than it was three years ago from air and land attacks by terrorists, the nation has "a long way to go" to shield itself from seaborne attacks, said Air Force Gen. Ed Eberhart, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Sep2004/n09102004_2004091001.html


Lemons Caught In a Squeeze
Incident Pits Security vs. Free Flow of Trade

By Paul Blustein and Brian Byrnes

 

Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, September 10, 2004; Page E01

Who would accuse innocent fruit of harboring weapons of mass destruction?

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A9676-2004Sep9.html


Homeland Security asked to join LNG siting study

WASHINGTON (AP)

09/16/2004

-- The federal Department of Homeland Security is being asked to study whether the U.S. Coast Guard and federal energy regulators should better coordinate their reviews of liquid natural gas terminals.

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=12935208&BRD=1710&PAG=461&dept_id=99784&rfi=6


Coast Guard keeps watch on the Delaware River

Sunday, September 12, 2004

By JASON NARK
Courier-Post Staff
ON THE DELAWARE RIVER

Two men cast fishing lines into the choppy, brown water while their small recreational boat sat beached on the rocky shore a few feet away.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/news/southjersey/m091204b.htm


Eyes on the water: Coast Guard Auxiliaries take on homeland security

Jill Kaiser Dion, Editor

September 15, 2004

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has been plying the local waters for many years.

Volunteer members of this civilian branch of the U.S. Coast Guard have been monitoring the waters and running educational programs for boaters since at least the 1940s.

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1347&dept_id=432984&newsid=12930359&PAG=461&rfi=9


Coast Guard Closes Gulf Coast Ports as Ivan Nears

U. S. Coast Guard
September 15, 2004

NEW ORLEANS -- The Coast Guard is continuing to monitor Gulf Coast ports today as Hurricane Ivan approaches. Additional restrictions to vessel traffic in the projected impacted areas are to be expected.

http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,uscg3_091504.00.html?ESRC=coastguard.nl


Coast Guard in New Orleans prepares for Hurricane Ivan

By Denise Kersten
dkersten@govexec.com

The weather couldn't have been much nicer in New Orleans on Monday afternoon. But that's little consolation to Coast Guard Capt. Mark Blace, the group commander there.

 

http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0904/091304dk1.htm


Critical Patients Evacuated Ahead of Jeanne

U. S. Coast Guard
September 15, 2004

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Just ahead of Tropical Storm Jeanne, which is forecast to become Hurricane Jeanne, a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, responded to an urgent request for assistance fromt the Government of Puerto Rico to medically evacuate three people from a hospital on the Island of Vieques to waiting medical personnel in San Juan.

http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,uscg2_091504.00.html


Mexico Migrant Smugglers Turning to Sea

UPDATED - Thursday September 16, 2004 2:29am

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Migrant smugglers are skirting heightened security along the border by using small boats to shuttle people from the under-supervised Baja coast into Southern California marinas and harbors, already jammed with legal commercial ships and pleasure boat traffic.

http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0904/173392.html


Cutter Crew Eyes Drugs, Migrants, U.S. Ports

Sgt. 1st Class Doug Sample, USA
American Forces Press Service

PORTSMOUTH, Va. Sept. 16, 2004 -- Coast Guard Capt. Charles Allen Mathieu talks proudly of the four paper symbols he calls "snowflakes" that hang on a bulletin board in his small office aboard the Coast Guard cutter Tampa.

http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Sep2004/n09162004_2004091603.html


Coast Guard bridge collapse report pending

By LYNN BREZOSKY
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

HARLINGEN, Texas -- Three years after a quarter-mile stretch of wayward barges knocked a hole in the roadway of the state's longest bridge, killing eight people, the Coast Guard's report on the accident is still pending.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apus_story.asp?category=1110&slug=Bridge%20Collapse%20Report


Fishing regulations criticized


Copyright © 2004 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.

WASHINGTON -- Federal fisheries regulations threaten the livelihoods of thousands of New England fishermen, but the prospects for change remained uncertain Tuesday following a congressional hearing.

http://morningsentinel.mainetoday.com/news/local/985228.shtml


Man feared dead after falling from watercraft

A call to the Aransas County Sheriff's office at 1:35 p.m. Monday alerted officials to a possible drowning in Copano Bay. A local man had fallen from a Jet Ski between 50 and 100 yards from land near the intersection of Copano Cove Road and Island Drive.

http://www.rockportpilot.com/articles/2004/09/15/news/news00.txt


Coast Guard searches for driver of car in mysterious Skyway wreck

Associated Press

The U.S. Coast Guard searched the waters below the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Tuesday after authorities responding to a car crash on the bridge couldn't find the vehicle's driver.

http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/9661964.htm


Coast Guard Medevacs 82-Year Old Man from Charter Fishing Vessel

U. S. Coast Guard
September 14, 2004

SEATTLE -- The Coast Guard airlifted an 82-year old man from a charter-fishing vessel today five miles off the coast of Grays Harbor, Wash.

http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,uscg1_091404.00.html?ESRC=coastguard.nl


Coast Guard rescues injured USCG doctor

Article published on Monday, Sep 13th, 2004
DAILY MIRROR STAFF

Alert hunters spotted an injured hiker near Anton Larsen Bay Road Sunday, leading to a rescue by Coast Guard helicopter of one of the service’s own members.

http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=385


West End: Coast Guard rescues stranded hiker

2004-09-14
by BRENDA HANRAHAN

LAPUSH -- A stranded hiker in the vicinity of First Beach was rescued off a cliff by a Coast Guard helicopter.

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/sited/story/html/173189


Coast Guard Rescues Injured Fisherman
New Bedford Man Injured At Sea

POSTED: 3:00 pm EDT September 8, 2004

UPDATED: 4:31 pm EDT September 8, 2004

BOSTON -- Coast Guard crews from the Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba and Air Station Cape Cod in a combined effort rescued an injured New Bedford, Mass., fisherman late Tuesday night after an accident aboard a commercial fishing vessel about miles southeast of Chatham, Mass.

http://www.turnto10.com/news/3715160/detail.html


Officials see disturbing increase in fatalities on lakes

BY JOE GERAGHTY

BRISTOL HERALD COURIER

Wednesday, September 8, 2004

BRISTOL, Tenn. – A weekend collision on South Holston Lake that killed a Blountville man is part of a disturbing increase in the number of fatalities on lakes in East Tennessee and across the state, officials said.

http://www.wjhl.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=TRI/MGArticle/TRI_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1031777802405&path=Variables.path


Fabrication begins on first Deepwater cutter

Friday, September 10, 2004

By JOHN SURRATT

PASCAGOULA -- Rear Adm. Patrick Stillman called it a humbling experience.

http://www.gulflive.com/news/mississippipress/index.ssf?/base/news/1094811353289460.xml


Eastport Coast Guard station nearly complete

EASTPORT - Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the $2.3 million U.S. Coast Guard facility that is expected to open next month.

http://www.bangornews.com/editorialnews/article.cfm?ID=434921


Coast Guard School Tough Swimming, Few Pass Rescue Course

U. S. Coast Guard
September 10, 2004

COAST GUARD STATION, Elizabeth City -- They are a small group within the U.S. Coast Guard, only about 300 of them servicewide. To join their ranks, candidates must endure physical and mental challenges that rival those facing any potential Army Ranger, Navy SEAL or Air Force pararescueman.

http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,uscg10_091004.00.html?ESRC=coastguard.nl


Retired officer is home at last

By Julien Vernet
newsletter@seacoastonline.com

EXETER - In his 25 years of active duty service in the Coast Guard, Capt. William Semrau moved his family eight times for the 12 different assignments he held.

http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/exeter/09142004/news/37512.htm


Coast Guard on Television 

Sep 18, At 10 P.M., Travel Channel will air "Ends Of The Earth: Pacific Graveyard," and will feature Coast Guard small boat crews working in the watery grave created by the Columbia River Bar.

Sep 28, At 9 P.M., Discovery Wings will air, "Coast Guard: Helicopters To The Rescue," featuring various Coast Guard crews battling the odds to rescue people.


Deepwater Newsletter-September

http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-a/deepwater/pdf/Sep04DeepwaterNews.pdf


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