Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT) - Offers an integrated life experience which emphasizes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership, in order to graduate officers of the highest caliber.
Coast Guard Auxiliary - With nearly 27,000 members, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary provides safety patrols on area waterways and regularly meets with the boating public at marinas and in classrooms. It also directly assists the U.S. Coast Guard in non-law enforcement programs such as search and rescue, and marine environmental protection.
Coast Guard Cutter HEALY - Technologically advanced icebreaker designed to conduct a wide range of research activities, providing more than 4,200 square feet of scientific laboratory space, numerous electronic sensor systems, oceanographic winches, and accommodations for up to 50 scientists.
Coast Guard History - Information on the U.S. Coast Guard, its missions, history and people. E.g., search and rescue, drugs, law enforcement, migrants, interdiction, oilspill, marine safety, marine environment, military, U.S. waters, exclusive economic zone, ice breaking, arctic, antarctic fishing, vessel services, boating safety, recruiting.
Coast Guard Home Page (Headquarters) - U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) starting page. The USCG is a military, multi-mission, maritime service. The Coast Guard's five operating goals are Safety, Protection of Natural Resources, Mobility, Maritime Security and National Defense.
Coast Guard Legal Website - Provides legal advice and support to the people who carry out the varied functions of the Coast Guard to ensure their missions, operations and activities can be achieved within the spirit, as well as the letter, of the law. See:
Coast Guard News - This site is not affiliated with the U.S. Coast Guard or the Department of Homeland Security, but material here is drawn primarily from official press releases filed by US Coast Guard Public Affairs offices throughout the country.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Homeland Security leverages resources within federal, state, and local governments, coordinating the transition of multiple agencies and programs into a single, integrated agency focused on protecting the American people and their homeland. More than 87,000 different governmental jurisdictions at the federal, state, and local level have homeland security responsibilities. USCG is a department within DHS.
Directives - Commandant instructions, notices and manuals. Cancelled directives, new directives, directives publications and reports index.
Legal - The Coast Guard legal program delivers high-quality legal advice and support to the people who carry out the varied functions of the Coast Guard to ensure their missions, operations and activities can be achieved within the spirit, as well as the letter, of the law.
Local Notices to Mariners (LNM) - USCG's primary means for disseminating information concerning aids to navigation, hazards to navigation, and other items of marine information of interest to mariners on the waters of the U.S., it's territories, and possessions. These notices are essential to all navigators for the purpose of keeping their charts, Light Lists, Coast Pilots and other nautical publications up-to-date. Published weekly. Also see LNM Archives.
Navigation and Inspection Circulars (NVICs) - A Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) provides detailed guidance about the enforcement or compliance with a certain Federal marine safety regulations and Coast Guard marine safety programs. While NVIC's are non-directive, meaning that they do not have the force of law, they are important "tools" for complying with the law. Non-compliance with a NVIC is not a violation of the law in and of itself, however non-compliance with a NVIC may be an indication that there is non-compliance with a law, a regulation or a policy.
Navigation Center (NAVCEN) - USCG navigation services including GPS/DGPS, Loran, Local Notices to Mariners, recreational boating safety information, marine communications information.
Navigation Rules (aka Rules of the Road or Nav Rules) - International and Inland Navigation Rules presented by the USCG. Those seeking official versions of the Navigation Rules should refer to the International Navigational Rules Act of 1977 (Public Law 95-75, 91 Stat. 308, or 33 U.S.C. 1601-1608), and, the Inland Navigation Rules Act of 1980 (Public Law 96-591, 94 Stat. 3415, 33 U.S.C. 2001-2038). Also see RulesMaster Pro, a learning guide to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS), the US Navigation Rules (NavRules), the Canadian modifications to the Rules and IALA buoyage.
Office of Boating Safety - USCG office devoted to boating and boater safety including including boating classes, safety, recalls, federal regulations, links to other boating sites.
Office of Investigations and Analysis: Marine Casualty and Reporting Forms - Reporting forms, including CG 2692 Report of Vessel Casualty, Instructions for CG 2692, Report of Vessel Casualty, CG2692A Barge Addendum, CG2692B Report of Required Drug and Alcohol Testing Following a Serious Marine Incident, and CG-5573 USCG Drug and Alcohol Testing Data MIS Data Collection form.
Office of Law Enforcement - This USCG office oversees enforcement of U.S. laws and treaties in three areas: Drug Interdiction, Living Marine Resources, and Alien Migrant Interdiction.
Port State Information eXchange (PSIX) - The Port State Information Exchange (PSIX) system contains vessel specific information derived from the U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety Information System (MSIS). The PSIX Vessel Search Page allows you to search for a particular vessel by using one or more search criteria.
Prevention Department - esponsible for the planning and administration of Auxiliary programs to support and augment the USCG's Prevention Directorate. As such, we assist and augment the Coast Guard's role ensuring safety and environmental protection of waterway resources.
Search and Rescue (SAR) - Coast Guard SAR response involves multi-mission stations, cutters, aircraft and boats linked by communications networks. Also see SAR's On Scene magazine.
Standards for Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) - Created in 1978 and amended in 1995 in order to ensure that US Merchant Mariners have the skills & abilities to serve aboard seagoing vessels. International Maritime Organization (IMO) is the owner of the STCW. The US Coast Guard implements its polices through legal means established in 1978 and amended in 1995.
Vessel Documentation - Access the USCG vessel data base and extract vessel characteristic, documentation, and ownership data. This data base is updated on a monthly basis. The query program retrieves data about vessels that are 5 net tons or larger and are documented by the USCG. Craft less than 5 net tons ("boats") are numbered by individual states. Refer to data caveats page for information about who collects vessel documentation data, the type of data collected and for the authorization and rationale for publishing these data.
Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) - Provides active monitoring and navigational advice for vessels in particularly confined and busy waterways. There are two main types of VTS, surveilled and non-surveilled. Surveilled systems consist of one or more land-based sensors (i.e. radar, AIS and closed circuit television sites), which output their signals to a central location where operators monitor and manage vessel traffic movement. Non-surveilled systems consist of one or more reporting points at which ships are required to report their identity, course, speed, and other data to the monitoring authority. They encompass a wide range of techniques and capabilities aimed at preventing vessel collisions, rammings, and groundings in the harbor, harbor approach and inland waterway phase of navigation. They are also designed to expedite ship movements, increase transportation system efficiency, and improve all-weather operating capability.
Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Los Angeles-Long Beach - Jointly operated by the Coast Guard and Marine Exchange of LA/LB from the Vessel Traffic Center located in San Pedro. The VTS assists in the safe navigation of vessels approaching the ports of LA/LB in an area extending 25 miles out to sea from Point Fermin.
Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) San Francisco - Monitors vessel movements, informs mariners of other vessels and potential hazards, recommends courses of action when we see a situation that the mariner may not have seen, and directs the outcome of situations when necessary to prevent disasters.
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