Skip to main content

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.

Popular posts from this blog

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......... http://www.adn.com/money/welch/story/1004091.html

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

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.... http://kdlg.org/post/tender-lonestar-has-capsized-mouth-igushik-river 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....... http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2013/06/trouble-in-bristol-bay.html 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