Coast Guard cancels Captain of the Port order issued to commercial fishing vessel Pacific Girl

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, Ore., has cancelled, Sunday, a COTP order issued to the Fishing Vessel Pacific Girl.

A Coast Guard commercial fishing vessel safety examiner from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, Ore., observed the vessel’s crew conduct safety drills and correct potentially hazardous conditions in Westport, Wash.

A boarding team from Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor, in Westport, boarded the 42-foot vessel, Saturday, and observed a lack of serviceable fire extinguishers aboard and lack of safety drills. The boarding team escorted the vessel and ensured it safely moored in Westport.

“Mariners are encouraged to take advantage of the free dockside exams and drill conductor training we regularly offer, and avoid being forced to return to port to correct an easily preventable situation like this one,” said Capt. Bruce Jones, commander of Coast Guard Sector Columbia River. “The Coast Guard is committed to balancing safety and environmental protection with the needs of maritime commerce. Our commercial fishing vessel inspector was on the road from Portland Oregon to Westport Wa within hours on a Saturday afternoon to assist this crew bringing their boat into compliance and back out fishing, supporting their families and the regional economy.”

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