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Monthly Archives: December 2011

SWANLAND Mirrors Alaska Shipwreck Cases

The facts of the tragic sinking of the SWANLAND resemble those in Alaska fish boat cases. Although, as noted in our earlier post, the SWANLAND is a Russian vessel, it was British managed. The British Maritime and Coastguard Agency is therefore conducting an investigation, much as the U.S. Coast Guard would conduct a marine casualty […]

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Coast Guard Renders Aid to Disabled Ship Near Adak

On December 8, 2011, crews with the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman and an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter delivered steering system technicians to the 650-foot cargo ship MORNING CEDAR at a location 17 miles from Bobrof Island in the Aleutian Islands. The cargo vessel suffered a steering casualty while in transit from Canada to […]

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“Deadliest Catch” — Crab Fishing Now Less Dangerous (Marginally)

The captain of the Alaska crabber SEABROOKE recently wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal. He extolled the benefits of the recently adopted quota system in the Bering Sea crab fishery. He states: “In 2010, commercial fishing once again topped the list of deadliest jobs in the U.S. According to the Bureau of […]

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NTSB Issues Report on F/V KATMAI Sinking

The NTSB recently completed its investigation into the sinking of the Fishing Vessel Katmai on October 22, 2008. The National Transportation Safety Board released their report on the disaster, and it concluded that the boat had a number of stability problems that made it unable to withstand extreme storm conditions in the Bering Sea. As […]

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Russian Ship SWANLAND Sinks, Prince William Assists in Rescue

We often have occasion to praise the princely courage of our Coast Guardsmen, their valor in rescuing mariners in peril. British news sources now report an instance of an actual prince rendering courageous service of the same sort. RAF Search and Rescue and Prince William have been praised for rescue efforts following the November 27 […]

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