Steve Ramp, of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Sitka, discusses the free dockside exam program for commercial fishing vessels. Ramp says the voluntary program gives fishermen a “second set of eyes” to look over their equipment, verify it meets federal requirements, and check that it’s in good condition. For more information, call 966-5620.
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USCG dockside exams offer “second set of eyes”
Yesterday evening (09-01-15), a wooden seiner ran aground in the vicinity of the Twins Island, roughly 0.5 to 0.75 nm off the mouth of Indian River. The F/V Pacific Venture later sunk. Marine Safety Detachment Sitka estimates 5 gallons of diesel fuel was released in that grounding. more
On Friday, Governor Bill Walker issued a disaster declaration for Sitka, in response to seven landslides on August 18th. In a letter to the legislature, Walker said he would cap relief at $1 million for the moment, but that the incident is ongoing and total recovery costs are unknown. According to Gorman, the cost of emergency response alone is estimated to be over half a million dollars. Individual assistance and family grants are also available, at a cap of $16,450 per household. more