Coast Guard Orders Fishing Vessel to Dutch Harbor for Inspection

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (D17 Public Affairs) – Coast Guard Sector Anchorage issued a Captain of the Port Order for the Seafreeze Alaska, which lost engine propulsion 100 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor 1 p.m. Monday, to proceed to Dutch Harbor.

The Seafreeze Alaska slowly drifted toward Samalga Island, an island approximately 100 miles southwest of the Alaskan fishing port of Dutch Harbor.

When the Seafreeze Alaska eventually drifted to shallow enough water, the vessel dropped anchor, maintaining position approximately one mile from shore.

The Seafreeze Alaska was able to restore propulsion at 7 p.m. Monday and is currently enroute to Dutch Harbor for repairs. The Seafreeze Alaska is scheduled to arrive in Dutch Harbor at 10:45 a.m today.

Coast Guard District Seventeen Command Center maintained a communications schedule with the vessel and mobilized a response effort to help prevent the vessel from grounding last night.

The Seafreeze Alaska must pass inspection by the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Dutch Harbor before it departs.

The Seafreeze Alaska is 297 foot un-inspected fishing vessel with 80 persons onboard and is currently enrolled in the Alternate Compliance Safety Agreement program. The vessel carries a maximum of 100,000 gallons of fuel oil onboard.

No injuries have been reported.

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