Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Arctic Storm update

Smoke rises from an engine room fire aboard the 334-foot factory trawler Arctic Storm. USCG photo

Here's an update from the U.S. Coast Guard:

May 21, 2013

Coast Guard continues response to vessel fire off Washington

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard continues to respond to an extinguished vessel fire approximately 30 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash.

Crewmembers on the fishing vessel Arctic Storm successfully put out the fire using the halon chemical firefighting system aboard the ship.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria and two 47-foot motor lifeboat crews from Station Grays Harbor monitored as good Samaritan vessels evacuated 78 of the 120 personnel aboard the fishing vessel.

Forty-two crewmembers will remain aboard the Arctic Storm to man the vessel.

The 78 evacuated crewmembers were moved to the commercial fishing vessels Northern Voyager, Golden Alaska, Sea Dawn and Excellence.

Evacuated crewmembers are scheduled to be transported to Westport, Wash.

A tug is en route to tow the Arctic Storm to Aberdeen, Wash.

The Arctic Storm is reported to contain approximately 188,000 gallons of diesel fuel. No pollution or injuries have been reported.

The Washington Department of Ecology was notified and is standing by to assist, if needed.

The Coast Guard will conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire.


Anonymous said...

Boat looks like a King Salmon killing one. Glad it's out of commission for awhile.

Anonymous said...

The Storm does not fish for king salmon, genious.

Anonymous said...

But they catch king Salmon with there huge nets. It's not the targeted species but if one of these 250ftw X 40ftl trawl nets accidentally tow through a salmon run it will take out alot of Salmon.