USCG Cutter Morro Bay in Transit

USCG Cutter Morrow Bay (WTGB 106), based in Cleveland, Ohio, made passage between the southeast side of South Bass Island and Kelleys Island this afternoon.  The cutter was commissioned March 28, 1981 at the Reserve Training Center in Yorktown, VA and served there until 1998.

MORRO BAY is the sixth Bay Class Icebreaker. While stationed at Training Center Yorktown, MORROW BAY was involved in training and operations on the Chesapeake Bay. She shifted  homeport to Cleveland, Ohio, in the summer of 2014.  Unit Missions include Icebreaking, Homeland Security Patrols, Light House Projects, Law Enforcement, and Public Affairs.


USCG Cutter Morro Bay Overnights at Put-in-Bay

USCG Cutter Morro Bay (WTGB-106) docked at Put-in-Bay on Saturday afternoon.  A sister-ship, USCG Cutter Neah Bay (WTGB 105), visited Put-in-Bay on 9 July 2021.  Morro Bay’s home port is also Cleveland, Ohio.

The 140-foot Bay Class Cutters are state of the art icebreakers. Named after American Bays, the ships are stationed mainly in the northeast United States and the Great Lakes.

WTGBs use a low pressure air hull lubrication or bubbler system forcing air and water between the hull and ice. This system improves ice-breaking capabilities by reducing resistance against the hull and reducing horsepower requirements.


USCG Navigation Tools Available Online

USCG Navigation Tools

2021 Light Lists are available on the USCG Navigation Center’s website at: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightLists
Coast Guard Light Lists are a means for communicating aids to navigation information to the maritime public.

Local Notice to Mariners will continue to advise Light List correction.
Complete versions of the 2021 Light Lists are updated weekly on the NAVCEN website and mariners should download applicable copies and updates as needed at: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates

A summary of 2021 Light List corrections are available at: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListCorrections
Guidance for use of electronic navigation publications onboard U.S. vessels can be found at: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/Policy%20Letters/2010/CG-543_pol10-05.pdf


U.S. Coast Guard Light List Available for 2020

Coast Guard Light Lists are a means for communicating aids to navigation information to the maritime public. The last government printed Light Lists were the 2014 editions.

While the Light Lists will no longer be available in government printed form, commercial reproductions may be available for purchase from maritime service providers.  Local Notice to Mariners will continue to advise Light List corrections and NAVCEN will continue to publish a compilation of corrections.

Complete versions of the 2020 Light Lists are updated weekly on the NAVCEN website and mariners should download applicable copies and updates as needed at: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListWeeklyUpdates

A summary of 2020 Light List corrections are available at: https://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=lightListCorrections

Guidance for use of electronic navigation publications onboard U.S. vessels can be found at: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/CG-CVC/Policy%20Letters/2010/CG-543_pol10-05.pdf


USCG Cutter Hollyhock Places Peach Point Lighted Buoy

Coast Guard Cutter HollyhockUnited States Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock makes a quick pass between Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island to place Peach Point Lighted Buoy R2 on Sunday morning.

CGC HOLLYHOCK is a 225 foot Seagoing Buoy Tender responsible for nearly 150 aids to navigation on the lower Great lakes. Built in 2003, the vessel replaced the WWII-era CGC BRAMBLE.  CGC HOLLYHOCK’s missions are aids to navigation, search and rescue, environmental protection, and domestic ice-breaking.

 


USCG Conducts Buoy Removal at Put-in-Bay

USCG Aids to NavigationU.S. Coast Guard Cutter BRISTOL BAY (WTGB-102), a 140 foot ice-breaking tug, announced its position near Catawba Island at 2:46pm while servicing aids to navigation around the Erie Islands.  At 4:12pm the vessel was removing Red Buoy 2 just north of Gibraltar Island.  A short while later the ship reported its position near North Bass Island.  According to the USCG Web, “CGC BRISTOL BAY became the first Bay Class tug to receive a barge specially designed to perform aids to navigation work. The 120 foot long barge works with the ship to service more than 160 aids to navigation each year.USCG Aids to Navigation

USCG Aids to Navigation

Courteous crew from USCG BUSL 49424

USCG Aids to Navigation

 

 

 

 

 

 

USCG Aids to NavigationAlso dutifully at work removing harbor buoys were crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard BUSL 49424.  This vessel is a 49 foot Buoy Utility Stern Loading vessel utilized to service aids to navigation. This class of coast guard vessel is relatively new; the first ones placed in service in 2001. The 49424 is assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 9th Coast Guard District headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Home-port is Detroit, Michigan.