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Coast Guard terminates fishing vessel voyage near Sitka, Alaska

Sitka harbor
Sitka harbor (Photo credit: ah zut)

Date: Jan. 26, 2013
District 17 Public Affairs Detachment Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Naushon terminated the voyage of the fishing vessel Snark near Sitka after discovering several safety issues aboard the vessel Friday.

The crew of the Naushon escorted the 42-foot, wood hull fishing vessel Snark, with three people aboard, to Sitka Harbor.

The crew of the Naushon conducted the boarding in Sitka Sound when they discovered the missing survival suits and observed several cracks in the vessel’s buoyant apparatus, raising questions about its usability. The Snark's crew has been ordered to fix discrepancies in coordination with a commercial fishing vessel examiner prior to getting underway again.

"We perform at-sea safety inspections to ensure mariners are operating in compliance with required standard safety gear regulations, which help ensure the safety of those who work at sea," said Petty Officer 2nd Class David Volkmar, Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstander. “Ensuring the safety of life at sea is one of our primary missions, and we will take the necessary steps to ensure that safety, including sending a vessel back to port to fix any safety issues."

Free vessel safety checks can be obtained in most Alaska ports by contacting the nearest Coast Guard sector, marine safety detachment or contacting Ken Lawrenson, 17th District commercial fishing vessel safety coordinator. A dockside safety check doesn't exempt mariners from at-sea boardings but it can speed the process along and help ensure any issues have already been addressed before getting underway.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage - 907-271-6700
Coast Guard Sector Juneau - 907-463-2448
Marine Safety Unit Valdez - 907-835-7210
Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor - 907-581-3466
Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak - 907-486-5918
Marine Safety Detachment Homer - 907-235-3292
Marine Safety Detachment Sitka - 907-966-5454
Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan - 907-225-4496
Ken Lawrenson - 907-463-2810

For the second time in less than a week, Coast Guard crews have terminated the voyage of a fishing vessel for safety violations. On Monday the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang also terminated the voyage of a fishing vessel in Prince William Sound for operating without functional fire extinguishers.

The Coast Guard Cutter Naushon is a 110-foot Island-class patrol boat homeported in Ketchikan. The Coast Guard Cutter Mustang is a 110-foot Island-class patrol boat homeported in Seward.

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