Coast Guard deems 426-foot vessel safe to sail

13th Coast Guard District NewsASTORIA, Ore. — Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, located in Astoria, authorized the 426-foot, UK-flagged, motor vessel Wave Venture to proceed to sea from Portland, Ore., Monday, after ensuring safety deficiencies found aboard the vessel in March had been corrected.

The Coast Guard Port State Control Branch of Sector Columbia River’s Marine Safety Unit Portland conducted several inspections of the Wave Venture in March, resulting in its detention Thursday, March 29, 2012. Discrepancies resulting in the vessel’s detention included failure of the vessel’s rescue boat to start in the time allotted, multiple inoperable primary fire boundary doors and excessive oil in engine room bilges. As a result of the detention, the vessel remained at Vigor Shipyard on Swan Island, Berth 304.

Crews aboard the Wave Venture have since corrected all safety deficiencies, passed Coast Guard inspections and gained Coast Guard required approvals, including those of the American Bureau of Shipping’s Class Society.

The Coast Guard Port State Control branch regularly identifies vessels that can pose a variety of hazards to the crews aboard them, the environments they transit as well as to the general public. After identifying discrepancies aboard such vessels, the Coast Guard Port State Control branch ensures that the deficiencies are brought into compliance with federal and international standards prior to continuing operation in U.S. waters.

In 2011, the Coast Guard Port State Control Branch in Portland conducted 569 inspections and detained seven vessels.

“The U.S. Coast Guard’s enforcement of domestic and international shipping safety standards is steadfast and intended to provide essential protection of life, property and our environment,” said Capt. Daniel LeBlanc, commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Portland. “This is one example of many control actions that we impose across our national waters on a regular basis to ensure a tragedy does not occur.”

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