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Grounded Fishing Vessel's Damage Assessed
Transit Plan Developed


January 18, 2008

The Coast Guard, Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and Trident Seafoods Corp. continue a unified response to the fishing vessel (F/V) Dolphin, which ran aground 30 miles southwest of Wrangell early Wednesday morning.

The F/V Dolphin was damaged near the area of the number two and four fuel tanks. Water was been found in the number two and four fuel tanks and monitored. The Southeast Alaska Petroleum Resource Organization (SEAPRO) responded and placed a spill containment boom around the vessel.

jpg Fishing Vessel

The Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit monitors the motor vessel (MV) Dolphin. The Dolphin ran aground early Wednesday morning 30 miles southwest of Wrangell off Zarembo Island, but refloated after sunrise.
Photograph courtesy USCG

A damage assessment was made Wednesday night, and an attempt to move the vessel to Ketchikan for repairs may happen as early as Friday. Temporary repairs to the vessel were completed Thursday afternoon and will be tested prior to the vessel's departure to ensure a safe transit to Ketchikan. The transit plan for the vessel will be reviewed and approved by the Unified Command prior to the vessel's departure. State and Federal resource agencies will review proposed potential places of refuge listed in the transit plan as part of the Unified Command's review process.

Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit is no longer on scene. A Coast Guard inspector was enroute Thursday to inspect repairs while the Southeast Alaska Petroleum Resource Organization (SEAPRO) continued to coordinate temporary repairs.

Spill containment boom continued to surround the vessel as a precaution and there have been no reports of petroleum leakage after the vessel's initial grounding. A Coast Guard helicopter overflew the area late this morning. The helicopter crew reported that spill containment boom continues to surround the vessel and there was no evidence of petroleum in the vicinity the vessel.

A Coast Guard investigation is ongoing.


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United States Coast Guard


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