CORDOVA HARBOR, AK. — The Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore was hit by an Alaska Marine Line barge on July 28 while the vessel was moored at the Cordova Harbor in Alaska. The Sycamore, a 225-foot buoy tender, suffered damage to its port bow during the accident. The photo below “gives you the extent” of the damage, said Coast Guard spokesperson Lt. Allie Ferko, but couldn’t put a price tag on it.
The accident occurred at about 7 a.m Sunday morning, July 28, in Cordova Harbor as the tug Krystal Sea was maneuvering an attached barge, Cordova Provider, into a spot in the harbor when the front part of the barge struck the cutter. At the time of the accident, the vessel was arriving from Whittier with 4 people onboad.
The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit in Valdez is investigating the incident. Although the Coast Guard said it had spoken with the captain of the tug, they declined to offer any further data as to the cause of the accident.
No injuries or leakages were reported after the incident.
Source: Alaska Dispatch.com
Blog post by tugboat injury lawyer Gordon, Elias & Seely, LLP