Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Three-Vessel Fire in Alaska under USCG Investigation

By Mark Edward Nero

The cause of a fire aboard three fishing vessels, the 57-foot Seaborn, the 56-foot Pacific Lady and the 49-foot Julia Kae, which occurred at a marina in North Cove in Craig, Alaska is under investigation, the US Coast Guard (USCG) said May 21.

The Craig harbormaster and fire department contained the fire, and there were no injuries reported, according to the USCG. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan investigators responded to the scene to monitor for signs of pollution, investigate the cause of the incident and assess extent and cost of damage. The Pacific Lady has a maximum capacity of 1,500 gallons of fuel, while the Julia Kae and the Seaborn have 3,800 and 2,000 gallons respectively, according to the USCG.

Sheening was minimal, according to the Coast Guard, but boom was deployed around two of the vessels as a precaution.

The fire broke out at about 3:30 a.m. May 21.