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Powhatan, an 81-foot tug owned by the Samson Tug and Barge Company sank at the pier on Wednesday night in Sitka. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Sitka and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation personnel are responding.

Samson Tug and Barge Company has contracted Southeast Alaska Petroleum Response Organization for oil recovery, Hanson Maritime to dive and survey the tug, and are developing a salvage plan.

The sunken tug, Powhatan, is an 81-foot vessel owned by Samson Tug and Barge Company that had been out of service for over ten years. The tug’s total fuel capacity is 20,000 gallons. Samson Tug and Barge Company reported only the forward fuel tank had been in use recently with a maximum capacity of 2,500 gallons and the other fuel tanks had previously been drained. The vessel sank at the pier on Wednesday evening and subsequently slid under the pier approximately 200 yards along an underwater ledge. Some residual diesel fuel and oil is leaking from the sunken vessel. SEAPRO has placed boom around the vessel to contain the leak.

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The Coast Guard evacuated an injured crew-member from the cargo vessel Daio Papyrus 10 miles west of Coos Bay, Ore., Sunday.

The helicopter crew hoisted the injured crew-member from the Panamanian flagged motor vessel after he suffered a severe laceration to his head.

The call for help from the Daio Papyrus crew was received at 8:15 p.m., Saturday, the sea state and condition of the crew-member determined that the hoist could be delayed and performed at first light, Sunday morning.

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Five people were rescued in harsh weather conditions from the tug Ocean Eagle that ran aground on the Mariposa Reef on the south side of Strait Island in Sumner Strait Thursday night.

The Jayhawk aircrew hoisted the five people from a barge attached to the 102-foot tug Ocean Eagle and transported them to Sitka after the tug began taking on water Wednesday night.

The crew of the Ocean Eagle alerted the Coast Guard that the tug and barge had run aground on Mariposa Reef and begun taking on water in the engine room. The tug is reportedly carrying a total of 58,000 gallons of diesel fuel divided among several tanks. The barge is carrying mixed dry cargo and 52,000 gallons of diesel. Any discharge of product is unknown but consultations with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for oil trajectory calculations are underway.

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The Coast Guard set in motion a detention of the Panama-flagged bulk carriers Atlantic Ruby and Amber L, Feb. 23, 2017, after discovering substandard safety issues while conducting routine Port State Control exams onboard the vessels along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers.

The Atlantic Ruby, a 590-foot bulk carrier was boarded in Portland on Feb. 23, after Port State Control Officers detected the SOLAS deficiencies. Coast Guard inspectors found the fixed fire extinguishing system was improperly serviced, with the time delays left disconnected. The time delay ensures personnel inside a room are able to escape before the fixed fire extinguishing agent is released.

A separate Port State Control exam conducted in Kalama onboard the Amber L, a 609-foot bulk carrier, identified several safety discrepancies. Inspectors found cooling water leaking from the main engine and multiple issues with the vessel’s steering system.

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Coast Guard, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Southeast Alaska Petroleum Response Organization, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Alaska Commercial Divers continue their response to the tug boat Samson Mariner that ran aground and spilled fuel while towing a barge in the vicinity of Rosa Reef in north Tongass Narrows, Alaska, Wednesday evening.

Approximately 1,100 gallons of diesel spilled from the tug prior to being patched by Alaska Commercial Divers Wednesday night.

The Samson Mariner has been refloated and is anchored in Ward Cove alongside the barge it was towing. A sheen has been reported in the area and SEAPRO has been tasked with fuel containment and recovery using boom and absorbent pads.

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The tug boat Samson Mariner that ran aground while towing a barge in the vicinity of north Tongass Narrows in Rosa Reef, Alaska, Wednesday evening

Coast Guard received notification via VHF-FM radio from the captain aboard the Samson Mariner that his vessel ran aground and had a minor breach in the hull.

Station Ketchikan and pollution responders were immediately launched, arrived on scene, placed boom around the tug and verified that crew of the Samson Mariner plugged the breached hull. The Samson Mariner has 30,000 gallons of fuel on board and the barge has 40,000 gallons of diesel on board.

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Broken down and drift in 20 to 22-foot seas with 49-mph winds and 9 miles visibility, four crew were rescued from the disabled fishing vessel Lady Gudny in heavy seas 230 miles east-southeast of Kodiak, Friday. A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the four people from the Lady Gudny and transported them to Air Station Kodiak in good health.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. Thursday the Lady Gudny became helpless 230 miles east of Kodiak after they exhausted their supply of fuel filters and were unable to run the engine.

The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, a 225-foot seagoing buoytender home ported in Kodiak, arrived on scene Friday morning. The SPAR prepared to bring the Lady Gudny into tow when the towline separated, causing the SPAR to become disabled.

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An injured 60-year-old male crew-member was hoisted off the motor vessel Alexandria 15 miles west of the entrance to the Columbia River, Friday morning. He is in stable condition after he reportedly lost sight in his left eye Tuesday.

An Automated Mutual-Vessel Rescue System notification message was received through Coast Guard Pacific Area command in Alameda, Calif., concerning the injured crewmember at 3:55 p.m., Tuesday. The Coast Guard and the captain of the 740-foot Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier, 610 miles off shore, made plans to meet for a medevac when the vessel got closer to shore.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Sector Columbia River departed at about 7:30 a.m., Friday, arrived on scene with the ship at about 8 a.m. hoisted the injured crewmember safely and transferred him to the base in Warrenton where he was met by emergency medical services and transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria.

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Sad news, the Coast Guard on Thursday suspended the search for the two missing crewmen from M/V Exito.

After the sinking of M/V Exito 14 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Tuesday evening, three of the five people on board the vessel were located by the good Samaritan crew of the Afognac Strait. The men were brought on board the vessel and transferred to Dutch Harbor.

The crews of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and its forward deployed MH-65 Dolphin helicopter had continued the search for the remaining two crewmen Wednesday night and Thursday.

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This just in from Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning, who provided this update on the Exito sinking:

The search for the two missing Exito crewmen continues.

The Coast Guard, in its initial news release, mistakenly referred to the Exito as a “fishing vessel.” The Exito was a converted F/V now hauling cargo including 55-gallon drums and an X-ray machine from Dutch Harbor to Akutan. It was working for Trident Seafoods, which has a huge processing plant at Akutan.