Coast Guard detains 648-foot vessel for safety violations

13th Coast Guard District NewsASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard has ordered the 648-foot car carrier Morning Spruce to remain in Portland, Ore., after inspections of the vessel revealed numerous safety hazards Tuesday.

Inspections of the Morning Spruce were required by the Coast Guard after the vessel experienced engine failure approximately 12 miles southwest of the Columbia River entrance Sunday.

Inspections conducted by the Coast Guard Port State Control Branch of Marine Safety Unit Portland resulted in detention of the Morning Spruce due to numerous safety deficiencies including fire control boundaries, excessive oil in machinery spaces, soft patches on fire main piping and heavy hydraulic leaks.

The Morning Spruce is moored at Terminal 6 in Portland and will remain there until the violations have been corrected and further inspections have been passed.

“This type of control action continues to ensure that the Coast Guard will hold those vessels accountable that fall short of compliance with vital domestic and international safety, security and environmental regulations,” said Lt. Peter Raneri, Coast Guard Port State Control Branch Chief for Marine Safety Unit Portland. “To ensure protection of the port and environment, this vessel will be held in port until all deficiencies corresponding to the vessel’s substandard operation and condition have been corrected to the Coast Guard’s satisfaction.”

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

The Coast Guard protects our nation’s maritime transportation system from substandard ships and protects our ports and vital natural resources from accidental or intentional discharges of oil or hazardous material. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port will continue diligent oversight of all vessels subject to international and domestic laws and treaties to ensure they continue to comply with all applicable safety and security regulations in order to protect the people of our community, our environment, and our ports.

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