Coast Guard helping Boothbay Harbor Fire Department extinguish shipyard blaze

BOSTON (D1 Public Affairs) – Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is helping the Boothbay Harbor Fire Department extinguish a fire that broke out earlier today at the Washburn and Doughty Shipyard in East Boothbay, Maine.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Boothbay Harbor is transporting firefighters around the shipyard so that they can get to areas they otherwise couldn’t reach.

Additionally, a 25-foot response boat from Station Boothbay Harbor is enforcing a safety zone around the shipyard to keep mariners away from the dangerous area. A response petty officer from Sector Northern New England is en route to the shipyard to see if there is any pollution as a result of the fire.

“We have had a great flow of communication and cooperation with the fire department throughout the day,” said Cmdr. Michael Ryan, the deputy commander of Sector Northern New England. “As a result, both agencies have benefited and have been able to respond more effectively.”

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  1. LTJG Colleen Kovach says:

    Good Morning –

    My name is LTJG Colleen Kovach stationed at MSU Port Arthur, TX. I am in charge of our Area Marine Fire Fighting Response and Area Contingency Plan. For the last year, I have been working hard (unfortunately unsuccessfully) with our local industry to ramp up our resources here in the port. If possible, I would like to be involved in the response efforts/lessons learned/final reports of the fire you were involved in on Friday.

    I would like to be proactive and gather as much info regarding the incident as you can give (phone conferences, lessons learned, best practices, reports, etc.).

    This types of incident occurs too infrequently (fortunately) to not take advantage of the response data.

    Final intent/result of this information is to make improvements to our Marine Firefighting / Salvage / ACP plans, and (if appropriate) maybe even present the incident particulars at the next One Gulf / ACP meeting.

    Please let me know if I can be involved – Thank you

    LTJG Colleen Kovach
    MSU Port Arthur