Update on the Alaskan Fishing Vessel Dolphin Aground

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard, Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation, and Trident Seafoods Corp. continue a unified response to the fishing vessel Dolphin, which ran aground 30 miles southwest of Wrangell early Wednesday morning.

A damage assessment was made last night, and an attempt to move the vessel to Ketchikan for repairs may happen as early as Friday. Temporary repairs to the vessel were completed this afternoon and will be tested prior to the vessel’s departure to ensure a safe transit to Ketchikan. The transit plan for the vessel will be reviewed and approved by the Unified Command prior to the vessel’s departure. State and Federal resource agencies will review proposed potential places of refuge listed in the transit plan as part of the Unified Command’s review process.

Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit is no longer on scene. A Coast Guard inspector is currently enroute to inspect repairs while the Southeast Alaska Petroleum Resource Organization (SEAPRO) continues to coordinate temporary repairs.

Spill containment boom continues to surround the vessel as a precaution and there have been no reports of petroleum leakage after the vessel’s initial grounding.

A Coast Guard helicopter overflew the area late this morning. The helicopter crew reported that spill containment boom continues to surround the vessel and there was no evidence of petroleum in the vicinity the vessel.

A Coast Guard investigation is ongoing.

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