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April 28, 2015

Bulk Carrier detained: safety violations

The 738-foot bulk carrier Kind Seas, was detained by USCG when significant safety violations were found during an inspection in Kalama, Washington, Friday.

Coast Guard inspectors from the Marine Safety Unit in Portland discovered discrepancies during a routine inspection of the Marshall Islands-flagged vessel, built in 1998. 

Safety violations related to a complete failure of the emergency generator, which provides power to emergency equipment including the emergency firefighting pump system. Other discrepancies include deficient structural fire boundary doors to prevent the spread of a fire, inoperable bilge pumps, waste oil accumulation in engine compartments, and inoperable life saving communication equipment.

"Shipboard fires pose severe risk to vessel crews, the vessel, and the port," said Capt. Patrick Ropp, commanding officer and officer in charge of marine inspection at MSU Portland. "The deficiencies were determined to pose significant risk to the vessel's crew and the marine environment indicating that the vessel is unfit to proceed to sea."

Coast Guard vessel inspectors are working with the Kind Seas' flag state and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, the vessel's classification society responsible for certificating vessel construction and engineering, and the vessel's crew, owner, and managing company to make essential repairs.

The Kind Seas, owned by Fairplay Maritime Ltd., is a bulk carrier, which loaded corn and wheat in Kalama and will depart for Japan after the safety violations have been corrected.

November 19, 2014

MYKONOS SEAS Crewman medevaced

A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter medevaced an injured crewman from the bulk carrier MYKONOS SEAS located approximately 75 miles southeast of Cold Bay, AK on November 16, 2014.

The 17th District Coast Guard Command Center, received a call from the carrier's crew requesting medical help for the injured crewmember. The duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac. They flew to the ship, hoisted the crewmember aboard in 11 mph winds and 3' seas. At Cold Bay the crewman received medical care and was flown to Anchorage for additional medical assistance.

November 18, 2014

Intoxicated Captain arrested.

A crew-member aboard the vessel POLAR BEAR called 911 to report that the highly intoxicated captain had run the landing craft aground on Gull Island, near Kodiak, AK harbor.

The Kodiak police reported receiving the 911 call on November 16, 2014 and arrived at the scene of the grounding with assistance from the Kodiak Harbor Master's Office. They found Edward Dyer, 50, highly intoxicated. Police charged Dyer with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, and fourth-degree assault.

November 9, 2014

Rainbow Quest hits Brooklyn Bridge

At about 10:30 pm, the evening of November 7, 2014, the 590 foot cargo ship RAINBOW QUEST tallest mast clipped the bottom of the Brooklyn Bridge bridge linking Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Ali Flockerzi said the Metropolitan Transportation Authority had already scheduled a routine closure of the bridge late Friday and inspected the span when it was closed. She said there was no damage to the bridge. No injuries were reported.

October 26, 2014

Un-manned barge drifting for Prudhoe Bay

A 134 ft un-manned barge, adrift in the Beaufort Sea after its towline snapped, is headed towards Prudhoe Bay. The barge, carrying 950 gallons of diesel fuel, broke free from the tow vessel and is being driven by high winds into US waters. The Canadian Coast Guard has issued a Notice to Shipping to advise mariners operating in the area.

The US Coast Guard has deployed aircraft to locate the barge and likely trajectory.

Commander Shawn Decker, US Coast Guard Chief of Response, Sector Anchorage said it could be difficult because ice is forming on the Beaufort Sea, and officials have very few vessel options to retrieve the barge.

Weather on scene is reported as 40 mph winds and 12-foot seas.

October 20, 2014

Russian cargo ship adrift

A Russian cargo ship en route to Russia from Washington state that lost power on Thursday night west of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, off B.C.'s north coast, has docked in Prince Rupert. A mechanical failure left the Simushir drifting in heavy seas during the night.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority says the Simushir has been towed to the Fairview Container Terminal, and the vessel is expected to stay for 48 hours for repairs.

A U.S. tug boat arrived Saturday night to tow the disabled ship to port, after a tow line from a Canadian Coast Guard ship snapped three times and set the Simushir adrift again.

The vessel was carrying hundreds of tonnes of bunker and diesel fuel, creating concerns that it could create an environmental disaster.

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June 6, 2014

One Dead - Refrigerant Leak

A refrigerant leak aboard a fishing vessel in St. Herman Harbor left one fisherman hospitalized and another dead yesterday.

The Kodiak Police Department and fire and rescue personnel responded to a report of a Freon leak aboard the boat Alpine Cove. Freon is a caustic chemical used in refrigeration systems.

A press release from the police department said five crewmembers were evacuated from the boat and officers provided immediate medical attention until EMS personnel arrived. Two crewmembers were ultimately transported to the hospital where 30-year-old Cody Cecil of Everett, Wash., was pronounced dead.

The other crewmember, 56-year-old Francis Rutten of Snohomish, Wash., is being treated at Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center for exposure to Freon.

Nearby vessels were evacuated yesterday by harbormaster staff as a precaution to the chemical release.

A preliminary investigation revealed that repair work was being done to the Alpine Cove on Tuesday night, but it is unclear if that work is related to the Freon leak. The incident is still under investigation by the police department and the Marine Safety Detachment of the U.S. Coast Guard.

May 16, 2014

Environmental emergency declared

The Ministry of Environment of Ecuador declared an environmental emergency situation in the Galapagos Islands because of the risk of oil leakage and chemicals from the "Galapaface 1" on May 15. The decision was taken after it was found that the contaminated waste may be leaking out at sea and cause a risk to in the fragile ecosystem of the archipelago.

The state of environmental emergency was allowing the government to act quickly and facilitate the acquisition of services to tow the vessel off one week after it grounded at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. While much of the ship's 72,000 liters of fuel has been removed, there still was the risk of sinking with the engine oil and cleaning products that were in the hold of the ship still on board.

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March 16, 2014

Welding Explosion

A crewman died this week in an explosion aboard the Bering Sea factory trawler Alaska Ocean, Unalaska police said.

Preliminary investigation found that welding set off gas inside a storage locker that held a leaking acetylene tank, said Mike Holman, Unalaska deputy chief.

The blast unhinged the locker door, which struck Franz d'Alquen, 48, from Arizona. He was declared deceased shortly thereafter.

The accident happened at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday. The Alaska Ocean was about 165 miles out of Unalaska at the time.

The 376-foot vessel belongs to Seattle-based Glacier Fish Co.

The body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office, Holman said.

January 31, 2014

Cruise-ship Crewman lost overboard

964-foot cruise ship CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION reported losing a crewman overboard in the Caribbean Sea near the Yukatan Channel. His absence was not discovered for eight hours as the vessel continued on her route.

Closed-circuit cameras were reviewed after a pair of shoes was discovered next to a deck railing; the video footage revealed a person going overboard. The ship crew were then able to calculate the incident location and alert the U.S. Coast Guard in Florida. The Coast Guard have not located the man, identified as Inyoman Bagiada, 45, from Indosesia. He was a cook on board.

January 31, 2014

T/V EAGLE Crewman Medevaced

98-foot T/V EAGLE in Elliott Bay contacted the Coast Guard Seattle on the morning of Jan 31, for assistance with a crewmate who had suffered a ribcage injury. The injured man was transferred from EAGLE to a Coast Guard response boat and taken to the Seattle Fire Station pier where an emergency team was waiting.

The man's name or the exact nature of his injury hasn't been released, but according to reports, he was heaving a line when he was injured. Records indicate that EAGLE is owned by Pacific Coast Maritime, Inc., of Seattle.

January 14, 2014

Eye injury Medevac

A crewman aboard PROWLER, a 109-foot vessel based in Petersburg, was 74 miles southwest of St. Paul, Alaska, when a crewman required emergency medical care for a left-eye injury. The crewman was taken aboard Coast Guard Cutter Munro for assessment, and was airlifted to St. Paul for treatment. Weather at the time of his medevac was reported as calm seas, 11mph winds, and rain showers.

January 12, 2014

Crew member foot severed

MISS AUBREY ANN, a 100-foot offshore supply vessel hailing out of Broussard, LA, contacted the Coast Guard for help, Jan 9, at 4:00 p.m. A crewman had reportedly caught his foot in a line, which severed the foot. MISS AUBREY ANN was about five miles off Louisiana at that time.

The Coast Guard responded with a helicopter medevac, and transported the injured man to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. The 27-year-old man's name and current condition have not been released, but he has been reported in stable condition.

November 16, 2013

One Dead Three Rescued

Windy weather with high waves in Elliott Bay, Seattle caused a 30-foot dive survey vessel from Ballard Marine Construction, with five crewmembers on board, to capsize in the waves, throwing all five into the frigid waters.

The Coast Guard answered the call at 2 in the morning with two boat crews. Seattle Fire and Seattle Police Departments also responded to the emergency.

One of the crew was picked up from the water by the Seattle Police Department, and the Coast Guard picked up another three. The fifth man trapped in the cold water under the capsized boat wasn't located for about an half-hour. Four of the rescued crew were taken for medical treatment, and are said to be in good condition. The crewman who had been trapped under the hull remained unresponsive in spite of CPR and care at Harborview Medical Center, and he died later that day. The name of the man has not yet been released.

June 2, 2013


HOUSTON, TX -- The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a collision between two deep draft ships approximately 30 miles off the coast of Galveston on Thursday, May 30, after watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City received a report.

The incident occurred when the 900-foot Tank Vessel Profit, loaded with approximately 19 million gallons of crude oil, collided with the 625-foot Motor Vessel Imperial Spirit loaded with grain. Both vessels reported damage, but are in stable condition. There were no reports of injuries or pollution from either vessel.

The Coast Guard launched an Air Station Houston helicopter with a pollution incident responder to conduct an initial damage assessment. Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack was also launched with a team of incident responders, marine inspectors, and marine casualty investigators to conduct an investigation and reduce further risk to the environment or the mariners aboard the two vessels.