Skip to main content

Coast Guard monitoring grounded fishing vessel in Prince William Sound

Date: July 05, 2013
Marine Safety Unit Valdez

VALDEZ, Alaska — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez personnel are monitoring the salvage of the 65-foot fishing tender Hana Cove after the vessel was intentionally grounded on Culross Island in Prince William Sound, Thursday.

Hana Cove Fisheries, LLC, who owns the Hana Cove, contracted Alaska Marine Response, LLC out of Cordova to deploy boom around the vessel, remove the fuel aboard, and prepare a vessel salvage plan. Alaska Marine Response, LLC responders arrived on scene and began operations Friday afternoon.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage were contacted by the crew of the Hana Cove who reported that the vessel had struck a rock which damaged the vessel’s fiberglass hull and caused the engine compartment and second hold to flood.  The crew reported that pumps aboard the tender were unable to keep up with the flooding and they had beached the vessel on Culross Island.

The Coast Guard launched an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed to Cordova to assist. Good Samaritans on the nearby 28-foot fishing vessel AK 4 Star took the Hana Cove crew aboard and safely transported them to Whittier.

“With the crew of the Hana Cove safely ashore, our priority is the safety of the responders and preserving the integrity of the marine environment in Prince William Sound.” said Cmdr. Ben Hawkins, commanding officer, Marine Safety Unit Valdez. “MSU personnel will continue to monitor response efforts to ensure fuel removal and salvage of the vessel are conducted safely and efficiently.”

There are no reported signs of pollution in the water and the vessel remains tied to the beach. The Hana Cove, homeported in Falls Bay, was reportedly carrying approximately 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 800 gallons of gasoline at the time of the grounding.  There were no injuries and the cause of the incident is under investigation.

View Larger Map

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.........

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.... 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