Coast Guard Monitors Grounded Barge Near Unalaska

KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard is monitoring the salvage of a 271-foot freight barge that went aground near Unalaska today.

A tug boat noticed the barge had broken free of its mooring at 5:30 a.m. At about 8 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Anchorage was notified by the vessel owner that the barge had grounded.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Unalaska inspected the vessel from shore at 9:40 a.m. The barge has damage on the right side of its stern. A contracted diver inspected the vessel but could not see any damage due to poor visibility. The barge is not carrying fuel internally and no pollution has been reported.

The destination and materials being transported on the barge are not known at this time.

The vessel is aground on rocks on the north east side of Summer’s Bay. The Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Unalaska is currently reviewing a salvage plan submitted by Zidell Marine Corp., of Ward Cove, Alaska which owns the barge.

Current weather conditions in Unalaska are winds of about 20 mph and overcast skies.

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