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Coast Guard crew nabs 1,110 pounds of marijuana

Marijuana worth almost $1 million The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant offloaded more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., Wednesday, that was interdicted at sea Jan. 18.While on a routine patrol, the crew of the Vigilant located a 30-foot go-fast vessel with multiple fuel drums on deck and five persons aboardin the western Caribbean SeaJan. 18. The Vigilant crew launched their smallboat to pursue the go-fast vessel. During the westbound pursuit, crewmembers witnessed personnel aboard the go-fast jettison multiple bales into the water.Two Costa Rican smallboat crews launched to assist. However, the go-fast crew was able to beach the vesselin Costa Rica, and flee on foot evading capture.The crew of the Vigilant was able to recover 40 bales and 15 bricks of marijuana worth almost $1 million.The contraband was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)in Key West Wednesday. Special agents assigned to ICE HSI marine smuggling investigative group continue the investigation.The Vigilant is a 210-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Port Canaveral, Fla.Source: USCG

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Port of Jacksonville re-opened following return of North Atlantic Right Whale

The port has re-opened The Captain of the Port for Jacksonville has re-opened the port of Jacksonville to all inbound and outbound commercial vessel traffic effective immediately following the return of a North Atlantic Right Whale into the Atlantic Ocean.The whale was observed swimming north out of the St. Johns River entrance channel into the Atlantic Ocean at approximately 6:15 p.m. Monday.Source: USCG

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Icebreakers grind through another day of tough conditions

Bulkers freed from ice The escort of Canadian Progress and Canadian Enterprise ended Saturday night with the convoy stopping in the lower St. Clair River near Russell Island.Efforts began again Sunday morning about 6 a.m., with the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley breaking a track into the lower river then returning to escort the freighters. The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Morro Bay joined the close escort and the icebreakers slugged it out with the ice. It was slow going and the convoy reached Lake St. Clair about 11:30 a.m. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay departed Detroit and joined the efforts on Lake St. Clair, later turning and heading upbound.Canadian Enterprise made her dock at Ojibay salt in Windsor, where she loaded for another trip to South Chicago. Progress followed Morro Bay and Risley downbound to Western Lake Erie, where the waiting Canadian Coast Guard Ship Griffon would escort her into lay-up dock at Port Colborne, Ont.Later in the day, the Risley met up with the tug Invincible and barge McKee Sons, heading upbound from Ashtabula with coal for Trenton, Mich. They met off Colchester about 9:45 p.m.Source: Boatnerd

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Houston channel shipping resumes

Thick fog interrupts traffic along the channel Ships resumed moving along the Houston Ship Channel late Tuesday morning after dense fog dissipated, the U.S. Coast Guard said.The three-hour shutdown would have only a minor impact on moving ships through the 53-mile waterway between the Gulf of Mexico and the busiest U.S. petrochemical port, the Coast Guard said.Houston ship pilots called a halt at 8:20 a.m. CST (1420 GMT) to ship movements along the channel when sea fog became so thick it made navigation of the waterway unsafe.Sea fog frequently interrupts traffic along the ship channel during winter months.Source: Reuters

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USCG name-based terrorism check for security personnel

USCG name-based terrorism check for security personnel The US Coast Guard issued a revised Port Security Advisory regarding procedures for obtaining a name-based terrorism check for security personnel operating in high-risk waters (HRW) in accordance with PSA 05-09 (Rev 1). The only revision relates to an updated point of contact within the Coast Guard for submittal of security personnel information.You may view the revised Port Security Advisory.Source: US Coast Guard

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USCG requests feedback on fees related to the MARPOL Reception Facility Program

USCG requests feedback on fees related to the MARPOL Reception Facility Program Inspectors from U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Houston Facility met with officials from Intercontinental Terminals responsible for implementing their 33 CFR 158 Certificate of Adequacy (COA) (MARPOL Reception Facility Program).Discussions covered the process by which the facility implements their COA program. Intercontinental Terminals has a COA for Oil (Annex I), NLS (Annex II), and Garbage (Annex V) that expires on 7 November 2013 and the facility uses third parties to remove each of these wastes - solely using trucks.The USCG discussed the fees charged by the facility, and found that none were unreasonable or would cause a disincentive for ships requesting to depose of oil, NLS, or garbage waste. However the USCG is requesting feedback to validate this information.Source: US Coast Guard

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USCG severe weather procedures for Aleutian Islands area

USCG severe weather procedures for Aleutian Islands area The US Coast Guard issued 2010-2011 Operating Procedures for Severe Weather in the Aleutian Islands and Pribilof Islands. These procedures automatically go into effect whenever severe weather occurs or is forecast to occur within 48 hours. Severe weather is defined as: (1) sustained winds that exceed 45 knots; (2) wind gusts that exceed 60 knots; (3) a "winter storm warning" issued by the National Weather Service; or (4) any combination of the above for any part of the Aleutian or Pribilof Islands.Source: US Coast Guard

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