LeConte Arrives Safely in
May 21, 2004
Ketchikan, AK - The Alaska Marine Highway System ferry LeConte
arrived in Ketchikan at 7:45 am Thursday morning and the vessel
is moored safely at Alaska Ship & Dry-dock South Berth awaiting
dry-dock availability. The contracted salvor, Crowley Marine,
will remain on hand to assist in monitoring the LeConte's condition
until the vessel is placed on dry-dock.
The LeConte was photographed
as it was being towed into Ketchikan Thursday am...
Photo by Chris Wilhelm 2004
Earlier this week, the LeConte struck rocks, grounded and took
on water about 30 miles north of Sitka in Peril Strait near Cozian
Reef Monday. After more than 8 days of intensive investigation,
preliminary findings regarding an investigation into the grounding
were released by the USCG Tuesday. The preliminary findings:
- Master Harvey Williamson and
Chief Mate William Petrich were both on the bridge when the grounding
- The LeConte was on a regular
scheduled trip between Angoon and Sitka. Conditions during the
voyage were good, with clear weather and calm seas.
- Chief Mate William Petrich
was conning the vessel when the decision was made to alter course
for a route inside Otstoia Island. This decision was not pre-planned
for the voyage.
- After allowing a tug and barge
to pass, the Chief Mate turned the ship without first checking
the ship's position to determine the proper course.
- The Master and Chief Mate
did not see a fixed navigation aide marking the proper route
past Cozian Reef. The LeConte passed on the wrong side of the
aide and grounded on the reef at cruising speed. There were no
mechanical problems on the LeConte that contributed to the grounding.
The LeConte moored
safely at Alaska Ship & Dry-dock South Berth
awaiting dry-dock availability...
Photo by Chris Wilhelm ©2004
Once on dry-dock in Ketchikan, the Coast Guard and Alaska Marine
Highway will be able to fully assess the damage caused by the
May 10th grounding. The Coast Guard will oversee all repairs
prior to permitting the LeConte to be placed back into service.
Source of News:
United States Coast Guard
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