Coast Guard terminates vessel’s voyage

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard Cutter Alert terminated the voyage of the tribal fishing vessel Orbit Tuesday at 9:46 a.m., 20 miles west of Cape Alava, Wash.

Fishing vessel Orbit received 16 safety violations including: No documentation, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon not properly mounted, all emergency alarms were either inoperable or disconnected, bilge pumps in engine room were inoperable with insufficient number of bilge pumps on board, and the vessel had not conducted required drills for longer than one year.

The Alert escorted the Orbit to Neah Bay, Wash., where the vessel must remain until all safety violations have been remedied.

A free Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Exam can be obtained through any Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator located throughout Washington and Oregon. In Washington call 206-217-6208 and in Oregon call 503-240-7337 to set up an exam.

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