By Marvin Davis
May 18, 2005
I mentioned both of these experiences to one of the marine pilots, and it was my understanding that at the annual pilots meeting this year that the adopted speed was going to be 7 knots past Cutter Rock, as well as an extended speed reduction in the Gastineau Channel near Juneau past Marmion Island to also accomodate large wakes and small boat fisherman. Since then, I noted a problem again this week while fishing on the southend. When the Carnival Spirit departed southbound Monday evening, it was obviously well above 7 knots as it passed the Mt. Point ramp area, which is about a mile north of Cutter Rock. These large vessels and their owners are responsible for their wakes, as well as the pilot and Master aboard.
It would be nice to hear a response from the Pilots about what the policy is, which vessels it applies to, and what their response will be if another capsize does occur leading to additional property damage or loss of life.
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