Slight Damage to Aluminum Plating; No Injuries
September 22, 2004
The incident did not cause any injuries on board either ship, but did cause a crack in a seam of the aluminum plating at the gunwale above the weather deck (approximately 15-20 feet above the waterline), and to the forepeak of the fast ferry. There was no damage below the water line. The Fairweather was inspected by Alaska Marine Highway System personnel at Haines.
"We are thankful this accident did not result in any injuries," said Deputy Commissioner for Marine Transportation Tom Briggs. "We will investigate to determine how it happened, and take steps to make sure it doesn't happen again."
DOT&PF Commissioner Mike
Barton has called for a complete review of the circumstances
surrounding the incident, and an inspection of the vessel. The
Fairweather will be out of service until further notice. The
US Coast Guard will inspect the vessel in Juneau. The AMHS will
announce schedule adjustments necessary as a result of this unfortunate
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