Landing Craft Capsizes with Oil Truck Onboard, Coast Guard Responds

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard received a report that the 52-foot uninspected landing craft Saltery Provider which was at anchor with an oil truck took on water and capsized in Saltery Cove, today at 6 a.m.

The vessel has on board approximately 3,500 gallons of diesel while the tank truck contains approximately 2,500 gallons of diesel.

Coast Guard Station Ketchikan arrived on scene at 9 a.m. with two Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan personnel to investigate the cause of the capsizing and subsequent oil spill.

The oil spill response organization SEA-PRO is scheduled to arrive on scene at 2 p.m. SEA-PRO is responding with the response vessel Rudyard Bay containing harbor boom and oil skimmers to clean up any spilled oil.

Currently, the vessel has been encircled with sorbent boom to contain any diesel fuel that has escaped. In addition, the owner/ operator has contracted with Alaska Commercial Divers Inc. to coordinate the salvage.

It is not currently known how much oil has spilled.

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