Skip to main content

USCG: Deck Watch discusses the importance of vessel traffic service


Posted by: PA2 Charly Hengen

Personnel stand the vessel traffic center watch at Marine Safety Unit Valdez. The center tracks the movements of vessels and ice in and out of Valdez and through the vessel traffic lanes in Prince William Sound. U.S. Coast Guard photo by MSU Valdez.

Deck Watch travels to Valdez to learn about the importance of the vessel traffic service.  The feature this week is with Lt. j.g. Allie Ferko the public affairs officer at Marine Safety Unit Valdez discussing the history of the vessel traffic service and why it’s vital to Prince William Sound.

Deck Watch is a five to seven minute radio show featuring Coast Guard news across the state of Alaska.

To listen to Deck Watch, click here

Here is more news across the state:

Dec. 18 – District 17 Command Center watchstanders received a report from Dutch Harbor Clinic personnel of an 83-year-old woman suffering from a broken leg Sunday. An Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew forward deployed in Cold Bay took the patient from Dutch Harbor back to Cold Bay. She was then safely transported to commercial medevac flight services for further care.

Dec. 18 – Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders were alerted that the 95-foot commercial tug Nathan E. Stewart suffered an engine failure after being inundated by heavy seas leaving the vessel with reduced power Sunday. It was slowly drifting to the northwest. The tug was pushing a barge carrying a reported 2.2 million gallons of diesel fuel and 1,000 gallons of jet fuel from Valdez to Skagway. The commercial tug Le Cheval Rouge and crew arrived on scene with the Stewart early Monday morning and the 225-foot buoy tender Maple and crew arrived later that same morning. The Le Cheval Rouge crew successfully took the Stewart into tow 25 miles southwest of Cape Fairweather Monday.  They towed the Nathan to Skagway and arrived safely Wednesday. The Coast Guard Cutter Maple and crew provided a safety escort during the most of the tow.

Dec. 20 – An Air Station Sitka Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced an injured man from Port Alexander to Sitka Tuesday. Coast Guard District 17 watchstanders were notified that a 38-year-old man reportedly suffered back injuries after falling from scaffolding. The rescue crew safely delivered the man to Sitka emergency medical personnel for further treatment at the Sitka Community Hospital.
Personnel stand the vessel traffic center watch at Marine Safety Unit Valdez. The center tracks the movements of vessels and ice in and out of Valdez and through the vessel traffic lanes in Prince William Sound. U.S. Coast Guard photo by MSU Valdez.

Popular posts from this blog

F/V Northern Leader. Launch. January 26, 2013 (video)

EXTRA :  Wave of new vessels will boost Alaska, Washington shipyards MOLLY DISCHNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE Jan 24, 2013 - 10:53 AM AKST Alaska’s fishing fleets are aging, but new vessels are making their way onto the water. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, 1,646 fishing vessels participated in federal fisheries offshore from Alaska in 2010. The majority — more than 900 — were built in the 1970s and 1980s. The first new vessels operating in Alaska waters will be longliners fishing in the Bering Sea with Alaskan Leader Fisheries’ Northern Leader and Alaska Longline Co.’s Arctic Prowler scheduled to start fishing this spring. Alaskan Leader Fisheries is jointly owned by the Alaska Leader Group of Lynden, Wash., and Dillingham-based Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp. BBEDC is one of six Western Alaska Community Development Quota, or CDQ, groups that receive a 10 percent annual share of the Bering Sea harvests. Petersburg-based Alaska Longline Co. al

Crabbers get a boost in bairdi Tanner quotas

LAINE WELCH Image via Wikipedia FISHERIES Published: November 7th, 2009 10:10 PM Last Modified: November 7th, 2009 10:12 PM KODIAK -- Kodiak and Alaska Peninsula crabbers got some good news last week -- bigger catch quotas for bairdi Tanner crab, a mid-January fishery important to local economies. Bairdi are the larger cousins of the better-known opilio Tanners, or snow crab. The bairdi boost stems from a big pulse of new crab recruits that biologists have been tracking for years. "That is what's fueling the increase in the harvest this year. We're just getting the very beginning of that year class," said.........

Tender "Lonestar" rolls over in the Mouth of the Igushik River (fishery closed)

The Tender "Lonestar" has Capsized in the Mouth of the Igushik River 2:00 PM SUN JUNE 30, 2013 By MIKE MASON A large vessel, used to transport sockeye salmon from the fishing grounds to a processing facility, has capsized in the mouth of one of the major salmon producing rivers in Bristol Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.... SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013 Trouble in Bristol Bay The Alaska Department of Fish and Game shut down the local setnet fishery after a salmon tender, the Lonestar, sank this morning in the mouth of the Igushik River....... Coast Guard responding to partially submerged vessel near Dillingham, Alaska Date: June 30, 2013 District 17 Public Affairs Detachment Kodiak KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard is responding to the sinking of a fishing vessel near the mouth of the Igushik River, Sunday. The Coast Guard is de