Tsunami response crew determines historic fishing vessel Kodiak unsalvageable

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. – A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew conducts an aerial survey of the crane operations, pollution response efforts and a light sheen within the boom containment area in the Crescent City Inner Boat Basin Saturday, March 26, 2011. The Unified Command's primary operational goal is to mitigate environmental impact to the harbor, so Crescent City can begin restoring its harbor as soon as possible. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert LaFalce.

Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert LaFalce

Crescent City, CA – Crews raised the historic fishing vessel Kodiak and pumped off water and 426 gallons of diesel fuel yesterday. Crews attempted to patch the Kodiak, but the damage was too extensive to save the vessel. The crews are working today to remove the remains of the vessel from the inner boat basin and dispose of oily debris. A dive team will begin assessing the remaining three sunken vessels to determine which to remove next.


Cleanup crews have removed approximately 1,869 gallons of petroleum products from damaged vessels and 1,660 cubic yards of debris from the inner boat basin. A total of 1,500 feet of containment boom has been deployed.

The Unified Command’s primary goal is to complete pollution mitigation operations as quickly and safely as possible so Crescent City can begin restoring its harbor.

The current federal project ceiling from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund is $2.75 million for pollution mitigation at the Crescent City Harbor. The project budget can be adjusted as needed.

The Unified Command is working with more than a dozen local businesses, including commercial divers, restaurants and hotels, and remains committed to using local resources whenever possible.

There are 40 personnel participating in the response effort. This includes USCG, DFG and contractors.

Commercial fishermen with questions about their permits and fees should call the Department of Fish and Game’s License and Revenue Branch at 916-928-7470.

Closures or restrictions:

  • During crane operations, access will be limited to portions of “A” dock as a safety precaution.
  • Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., C, D, E, and F docks are open to owners of vessels within the boomed off area. Vessel owners should contact Coast Guard Auxiliary members at the Harbor Office to schedule vessel access.
  • For emergencies only, owners wishing to access their vessels outside of that time frame may contact the Coast Guard. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Personal flotation devices are required on all docks.
  • Harbor is closed to the public at night, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., until further notice.
  • Safety zone is in place for the inner boat basin only. The harbor is now open to vessel traffic.

Information numbers:

  • Crescent City Harbormaster’s Office: 707-464-6174 ext. 22
  • Report oil: 1-800-852-7550
  • Report injured wildlife: 1-877-823-6926
  • DFG’s License and Revenue Branch: 916-928-7470

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