23 July 2009

Tour of a Coast Guard Buoy Tender

Article from the Juneau Empire

The U.S. Coast Guard 17th District hosts its week-long annual District Buoy Tender Roundup in Juneau starting today.

This year's roundup brings seven buoy tenders from Kodiak, Cordova, Petersburg, Sitka, Ketchikan, Homer, Astoria, Ore., and Canada.

The event allows more than 250 Coast Guardsmen the opportunity to receive specialized training during the week in areas such as engine repair, buoy maintenance and first aid and allows buoy tender crews to exchange ideas and build camaraderie.

Due to the remote locations in Alaska where the cutters operate, the mission-essential training would be nearly impossible to complete otherwise and has proved successful for more than 20 years, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

Participating in the week of training are the SPAR, Sycamore, Elderberry, Maple, Hickory, Anthony Petit, Fir and Provo Wallis, which is a 209-foot Ice-Strengthened Medium Navigational Aids Tender from Canada.

The Buoy Tender Olympics will be held Wednesday at Coast Guard Station Juneau from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Cutter Fir will host public tours Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Coast Guard crews aboard buoy tenders in Alaska service 1,250 navigational aids along 33,000 miles of coastline while actively participating in search and rescue, environmental protection and law enforcement missions.

We went down to the Coast Guard station this afternoon to tour the USCGC Fir. It was pretty neat.

The kids on the bow of the Fir

Didn't you know...
buoy tenders are so big, you can fit a whole cruise ship on their bow?!!



This is on the crane they use to pull the buoys out of the water

I was really amazed that they could "park" these big boats so close together! They were literally inches apart!

Isaiah next to a buoy. They are a lot bigger than I imagined them to be.

Caleb in the control room

Isaiah sitting in the captain's chair.

Kids on the dock waiting for our tour to start.

1 comment:

Rana said...

Wow I never knew a buoy was so huge either. I haven't seen Isaiah's angry eyebrows in a long time but there they are on the bow of the FIR.