Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

March 14, 2018

Hello Coast Survey,

This week, navigation response team (NRT) 5 responded to a request from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to locate a tugboat, T/V Captian Mackintire, that recently sank off the coast of Maine. The USCG requested assistance as the tug contained an unknown amount of fuel on board, posing an environmental hazard.

Surveying in a small vessel in Maine during the month of March is highly restricted due to weather and ocean conditions, particularly this week as another nor’easter headed toward the Maine coast. NRT5 found a window of opportunity before the storm and immediately began survey operations. Within 15 minutes, the tug was located.

This is excellent example of Coast Survey’s response capabilities and demonstrates our service to NOAA and the nation. Thank you to NRT 5—Lt. j.g. Dylan Kosten (team lead), Michael Bloom, and Eli Smith—for your dedication and quick thinking.

Kathryn Ries
Deputy Director, Office of Coast Survey