Coast Guard Cutter SPAR terminates fishing vessel voyage near Kodiak, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — A boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR terminated the voyage of the fishing vessel Arctic Storm after discovering numerous safety violations aboard the vessel Thursday.

The crew of the SPAR escorted the Arctic Storm back to Kodiak after boarding team members conducted the at-sea boarding and discovered six safety violations with the most significant being the 2006 expiration of their life raft and hydrostatic release.

The crew of the Arctic Storm was met by personnel from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak and will be required to correct all discrepancies before setting sail again.

“Even in the state fisheries off Alaska in the winter, the environment is unforgiving, and there is no substitute for carrying the proper lifesaving equipment,” said Ken Lawrenson, the Coast Guard 17th District commercial fishing vessel safety coordinator. “A properly equipped crew that has been trained and drilled in the use of their gear is in a position to survive a mishap; where otherwise there is no margin for error.”

As fisheries continue throughout Alaska the Coast Guard recommends all mariners receive a free dockside commercial fishing vessel safety exam. A dockside commercial fishing vessel safety exam doesn’t exempt mariners from at-sea boardings but it can speed the process along and help ensure any issues have already been addressed before getting underway.  Exams can be scheduled by contacting your nearest Coast Guard Sector or Marine Safety Detachment:

In Ketchikan, 907 225-4496
In Sitka, 907 966-5454
In Juneau, 907 463-2448
In Valdez, 907 835-7223
In Homer, 907 235-3292
In Kodiak, 907 486-5918
In Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, 907 581-3466
In Anchorage, 907 271-6700

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