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Fishing vessel's voyage terminated for safety violations


June 01, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Coast Guard cutter Liberty terminated the voyage of the fishing vessel Isbjorn Wednesday following an at-sea safety boarding.

The Liberty's boarding team found that the two crewmen on board did not have immersion suits. Additionally some of the vessel's required documentation was expired.

The team terminated the voyage of the vessel and escorted it to Ketchikan. Inspectors from Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Ketchikan will inspect the vessel at the dock in Ketchikan today.

jpg cutter Liberty

The Coast Guard cutter Liberty underway in Southeast Alaska in support of the crab fisheries in February 2006. The Liberty is a 110-foot patrol boat stationed in Juneau.
Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie

The Isbjorn's crew was participating in the State of Alaska Southeast salmon trolling fishery. The 32-foot vessel has a registered homeport of Egegik.

Commercial fishing vessel operators and owners have an opportunity to be ready for at-sea boardings by participating in the voluntary dockside exam program. Coast Guard personnel will examine safety equipment, and inform the skipper what's right and what needs correction - free of charge and penalty free. 

Contact your nearest Coast Guard marine safety office and an examiner will visit your vessel to examine primary life saving equipment and verify the vessel is in compliance with applicable regulations.  If there are any deficiencies, operators and or owners are given a work list not a citation so that items can be corrected before getting underway. 

The Coast Guard cutter Liberty is a 100-foot patrol boat stationed out of Juneau.


Source of News:

United States Coast Guard


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