Annual Coast Guard Buoy Round-up gets underway

This week kicks off the 2012 Coast Guard Buoy Round-up held by the 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau. The event is a week-long series of training exercises for the Coast Guard.

There are 5 ships docked in Juneau including the 225-foot SPAR, Fir, Maple and the 175-foot Henry Blake and Anthony Petit. They are joined by the Canadian coast guard vessel Bartlett.

The event is an opportunity for crews to receive training and practice in areas such as buoy maintenance, safety equipment maintenance, and first aid.

The main event is the Buoy Olympics on Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., when crews will compete against each other.

According to the Coast Guard, crews in Alaska service 1,250 navigational aids along 42,000 miles of coastline.

Coast Guard cutters are docked in Juneau this week for the annual Buoy Tender Round-up, a series of training exercises for the Coast Guard. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Five U.S. Coast Guard buoy tenders and one Canadian coast guard buoy tender sit moored at Coast Guard Station Juneau July 16, 2012. The cutters rendezvoused in Juneau for the annual buoy tender roundup, an event attended by cutters from Alaska, British Columbia and Washington. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

Six buoy tenders and their crews gather at Coast Guard Station Juneau for the annual buoy tender roundup July 16, 2012. The cutters, from throughout Alaska, British Columbia and Washington, attend the roundup for consolidated training, to exchange ideas and promote camaraderie. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

The Coast Guard Cutter Maple and the Canadian coast guard vessel Bartlett sit side-by-side at Coast Guard Station Juneau July 16, 2012. The two buoy tender crews, along with four other U.S. Coast Guard cutter crews, travelled to Juneau for the annual buoy tender roundup. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

Coast Guard cutters are docked in Juneau this week for the annual Buoy Tender Round-up, a series of training exercises for the Coast Guard. (Photo by Heather Bryant/KTOO)

Five U.S. Coast Guard buoy tenders and one Canadian coast guard buoy tender sit moored at Coast Guard Station Juneau July 16, 2012. The cutters rendezvoused in Juneau for the annual buoy tender roundup, an event attended by cutters from Alaska, British Columbia and Washington. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

Six buoy tenders and their crews gather at Coast Guard Station Juneau for the annual buoy tender roundup July 16, 2012. The cutters, from throughout Alaska, British Columbia and Washington, attend the roundup for consolidated training, to exchange ideas and promote camaraderie. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

The Coast Guard Cutter Maple and the Canadian coast guard vessel Bartlett sit side-by-side at Coast Guard Station Juneau July 16, 2012. The two buoy tender crews, along with four other U.S. Coast Guard cutter crews, travelled to Juneau for the annual buoy tender roundup. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.