itCG- Arctic cruise, Sitka shipwreck, airlift rescue, World Maritime Day

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  • It’s not every day that a cruise ship pulls into Nome, AK for a visit. In fact, it’s never happened before until this summer. But it may be a regular occurrence due to climate change and a shrinking ice cap that has made harsh arctic waterways more navigable than ever before. The Coast Guard is looking at how to manage the increase in maritime operations and protect natural resources in previously inaccessible arctic waters.
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  • Over the weekend, the Coast Guard worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to monitor environmental hazards posed by a vessel that sank near Sitka, AK. A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Sitkahoisted one person on board the boat after it ran aground on Saturday.
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  • Guardians from Air Station Astoria airlifted three fishermen from Kalaloch Rock near Kalaloch, WA on Sunday. The men made a distress call after being trapped on the rocks by the high tide.
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  • Great Lakes ports of Duluth, MN, and Superior, WI will celebrate World Maritime Day to highlight the advantages of marine transportation to lowering carbon emissions and addressing climate change. The United States is this year’s host country and the Coast Guard is a sponsoring organization for the World Maritime Day Parallel Event being held the weekend of October 16-18, 2009 in New York City. Click here to find out what other ports around the country are doing in recognition of World Maritime Day.
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