- Boating safety is a big focus this time of year and really should be something that people pay attention to all year round. This article posted on BYM Marine Maritime News makes some really good points about how to stay safe and alive when you are out on the water. The writer bring up some things that many boaters might not even think about, like having illumination on your life jackets. Well worth taking the time to read.
- The Arctic has been in the news a lot lately. The Coast Guard has three ice breakers based out of Seattle that all support polar ice breaking operations and the newest of those ships, the CGC Healy, is currently in the Arctic in support of scientific research.
One big question that has come up with the melting of the ice and the polar exploration that is being conducted by a number of different countries, especially with the potential resources that could be in that region. Few Americans find the Arctic issue as close to home as the residents of Alaska.
- When we talk about the environmental protection and pollution responses of the Coast Guard, most people think oil spills. Oil spills do make up a lot of the environmental responses, they are not nearly all the types of pollution cases we respond to. The Coast Guard is investigating an asphalt spill at the Sprague Energy terminal along the Fore River in South Portland.
- The Coast Guard is helping in the search for Air France Flight 447 using SAROPS, Search and Rescue Optimal Planning System which is a reverse drift program. This is the program we use for our SAR operations every day and it uses weather, wind and sea conditions over a specified period of time to calculate where a specified object might be.
The Coast Guard assisted in locating the plane’s fuselage Tuesday night and it is hoped that by using that location and SAROPS they might be able to help find more of the plane, especially the black box.