KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a fishing vessel in Prince William Sound for safety violations Monday.
A boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang escorted the 43-foot fishing vessel Coral to Whittier after they discovered the crew operating without functional fire extinguishers. The Coral’s crew has been ordered to fix the discrepancy prior to getting underway again.
The Mustang crew conducted the boarding on the southwest side of Montague Strait and while inspecting the on board safety equipment found all three fire extinguishers on board were expired and two were inoperable due to water corrosion.
“The Coast Guard regularly conducts at-sea safety boardings throughout Alaska to ensure mariners are operating in compliance with federal safety regulations and promote the safety of life at sea,” said Ensign Victoria Swinghamer, public affairs officer Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.
Free vessel safety checks can be obtained in most Alaska ports by contacting the nearest Coast Guard sector, marine safety detachment or contacting Ken Lawrenson, 17th District commercial fishing vessel safety coordinator. A dockside safety check doesn’t exempt mariners from at-sea boardings but it can speed the process along and help ensure any issues have already been addressed before getting underway.
Coast Guard Sector Anchorage – 907-271-6700
Coast Guard Sector Juneau – 907-463-2448
Marine Safety Unit Valdez – 907-835-7210
Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor – 907-581-3466
Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak – 907-486-5918
Marine Safety Detachment Homer – 907-235-3292
Marine Safety Detachment Sitka – 907-966-5454
Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan – 907-225-4496
Ken Lawrenson – 907-463-2810
The Coast Guard Cutter Mustang is a 110-foot Island-class patrol boat homeported out of Seward.