Coast Guard inspectors deem motor vessel Morning Spruce safe to re-enter waterways

13th Coast Guard District NewsASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard cleared the 648-foot motor vessel Morning Spruce, Monday, to depart Portland, Ore., after verifying that all safety discrepancies found aboard the vessel have been corrected.

The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Captain of the Port order requiring the Morning Spruce to remain in Portland was lifted after the vessel passed a series of thorough inspections conducted by the Coast Guard Port State Control Branch of Marine Safety Unit Portland.

A COTP order was issued Feb. 28, 2012, requiring the vessel to remain in Portland, after Coast Guard inspectors discovered numerous safety deficiencies aboard the vessel including fire control boundaries, excessive oil in machinery spaces, soft patches on fire main piping and heavy hydraulic leaks.

Inspections of the Morning Spruce were required by the Coast Guard after the vessel experienced engine failure approximately 12 miles southwest of the Columbia River Feb. 26, 2012.

“This detention was a good example of the value of the Port State Control program in identifying substandard vessels and ensuring that they are brought into compliance with federal and international standards prior to continuing operation in U.S. waters,” said Capt. Daniel L. LeBlanc, commanding officer at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland.

In 2011, the Coast Guard Port State Control Branch in Portland conducted 569 inspections and detained seven vessels.

The Coast Guard protects our nation’s maritime transportation system from substandard ships and protects our ports and vital natural resources from accidental or intentional discharges of oil or hazardous material. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port will continue diligent oversight of all vessels subject to international and domestic laws and treaties to ensure they continue to comply with all applicable safety and security regulations in order to protect the people of our community, our environment, and our ports.

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