Unified Command scales down multiagency response to fishing vessel Akutan

Multiple agencies respond to the fishing vessel Akutan in Captains Bay near Unalaska, Alaska, August 18, 2017. A unified command was established to mitigate potential pollution and environmental impact from the vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Multiple agencies responded to the fishing vessel Akutan in Captains Bay near Unalaska, Alaska, August 18, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard photo

UNALASKA, Alaska — The Unified Command, in response to the disabled fishing vessel Akutan in Captains Bay, mitigated the imminent and substantial threat of pollution in Unalaska on Wednesday.

Responders removed 15,800 gallons of oil-water mixture and sludge from the engine room bilge and slop tanks. As a result, the U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the City of Unalaska have agreed to suspend operations.

“The Unified Command will continue to monitor the situation,” said Capt. Sean MacKenzie, Federal On-Scene Coordinator. “Though we have completed operations aboard the Akutan, the Unified Command will remain in close coordination to monitor the situation and ensure the vessel no longer poses an environmental threat.”

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