Investigation into Alaska Ranger Sinking to Continue Wednesday in Boston

BOSTON — The Coast Guard (USCG) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Marine Board of Investigation will convene the Boston portion of the Alaska Ranger investigation; Wednesday June 4, 2008 at 10 a.m. at the offices of the Commander, 1st Coast Guard District. The address is J.F. Williams Bldg, 408 Atlantic Avenue, 8th Floor Courtroom, Boston, MA 02110.

The members of the board include: Capt. Michael Rand, USCG Headquarters; Cmdr. John Nadaeu, USCG Commanding Officer Marine Safety Unit Wilmington, N.C.; Lt. Cmdr. Benjamin Hawkins, USCG Headquarters; and Mr. Liam LaRue, NTSB.

All of the board members have extensive experience and training in marine safety, naval architecture and marine engineering.

Two witnesses are expected to testify Wednesday. Tom Quinn, of Bird Johnson Company, will testify concerning the controllable pitch propeller system. Herbert Roeser, of TRANS Marine, will testify concerning the enginering systems aboard the ship.

The hearing is open to the public and the media but the proceedings will not be broadcast on television, radio or conference call. Recording devices including still cameras, video cameras are prohibited for the duration of the hearing. Cell phones are prohibited at all times. An official transcript will be available after it is transcribed. Only audio recording devices will be allowed to document the proceedings.

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