April 26, 2004
Following the call, two Coast Guard inspectors from Marine Safety Office Valdez boarded the ship in Cordova to investigate the system. An preliminary investigation revealed that the Tustumena carried no oil content meter for containment of oily wastewater. Based on the preliminary findings, the captain of the port (COTP) decided to detain the vessel and halt its transportation itinerary for safety and environmental reasons.
"I have detained the motor
vessel Tustumena for an external audit of the ship's safety management
certificate and verification that the oily waste piping is installed
and operating correctly," said Cdr. Mark Swanson, Commanding
Officer, Marine Safety Office Valdez and COTP Prince William
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