August 12, 2006
Allen Marine fulfilled the Coast Guard's mandate by holding "Safety Stand Down" meetings in its three ports of operation; Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka in mid-July. Vessel captains brainstormed with senior management to create a comprehensive plan to improve the company's crew training procedures and operational safety practices.
Coast Guard Sector Juneau praised Allen Marine's efforts to turn past mishaps into an opportunity for reflection and learning that will ultimately enhance passenger safety.
The three groundings involving tour boats operated by Allen Marine included the landing on May 19th of the St. Nicholas on a sandbar by Berners Bay in Juneau. The St. Nicholas had 93 passengers onboard, an oceanographic class from Juneau Douglas High School.
And on May 31st, Allen Marine Tours' M/V Kalinin Express was on a routine tour with passengers from the cruise ship Statendam when the 64-foot Kalinin Express collided with the shore just north of California Head in George Inlet south of Ketchikan.
The third incident involved Allen Marine Tours' motor vessel Keel a 48 foot catamaran that ran aground near Siginaka Islands in North Sitka Sound on July 13, 2006.. The Keel sustained damage when it grounded with 16 passengers and three crewmen on board.
Coast Guard officials encourage all Commercial vessel operators in Southeast Alaska to reflect on the safety of their operations. Safety should be more than a program within a company - it should be an integral part of company culture.
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