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Using the onboard firefighting system, crew
members successfully put out the vessel fire. The U.S. Coast Guard ensured the
majority of crew were safely evacuated from the vessel. The vessel was
towed to Aberdeen by the tug Terri L Brusco,
arriving at about 10 p.m. on May 21st. As a precaution, the vessel activated
their oil spill contingency plan and alerted the local organization
which manages response equipment in Grays Harbor, the Washington State
Maritime Cooperative. The vessel still had 42 people on board. The Arctic Storm
was reported to contain approximately 188,000 gallons of diesel fuel. No
pollution or injuries have been reported.
Since there was no spill of oil during this incident, Ecology will not issue an
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Ecology is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to respond to the
Arctic Storm, a 314-foot commercial fish-processing vessel that
lost power and propulsion on Monday May 20 after a fire broke
out in the vessel’s engine room.
Crew members successfully put the fire out using the Arctic
Storm’s fixed fire suppression system but the vessel was unable
to regain power.
The Arctic Storm is currently located about 30 miles west of
West Port in the Pacific Ocean but is under tow by the tug Terri
L. Brusco. The tug is towing the Arctic Storm to the Port of
Grays Harbor Terminal 3 in Hoquiam.
Ecology also is coordinating with the Washington State Maritime
Cooperative (WSMC) to activate the oil spill readiness – or
contingency – plan for the Arctic Storm. This action is being
taken as precautionary measure. WSMC manages oil spill response
equipment in Grays Harbor and will deploy oil containment boom
around the Arctic Storm once the vessel is safely moored.
No pollution releases or injuries have been reported. The Coast
Guard will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of
Date of Incident:
May 20, 2013
30 miles west of West Port
May 21 USCG Press Release
May 20 USCG Press Release