The Coast Guard is continuing to track that fishing boat that was cast out to sea from last year’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Chief Petty Officer Janelle Webster at the command center in Juneau says the derelict vessel is now about 170 miles west of Dall Island, or the southwest corner of Prince of Wales Island. Webster says a C-130 aircraft did an overflight Saturday and Monday. Another flight may be conducted Tuesday to check on the condition of the vessel, named the Ryou-un Maru and believed between 150- and 180-feet long.
A notice to mariners has been issued for any other traffic in the area to be aware of the unmanned ghost ship which has no operating lights.
Debris from the tsunami, such as oyster buoys, have already been reported ashore along the southern coast of Alaska. So far, this is the first and only ship that’s been spotted cast adrift across the Pacific Ocean.
- The state has asked the new presidential administration for a waiver to pay more than 80 percent of reinsurance costs.
- The state’s only professional sports franchise, the Alaska Aces, will fold after this season. The decision was announced Thursday, Feb. 23.
- Bans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year. But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.
- Things are not looking good for Haines’ Alaska State Trooper post. Trooper Director Col. James Cockrell intends to reassign Haines’ one trooper position to Bethel. The decision isn’t final yet, but the community conversation about how to handle the loss continued at a Public Safety Commission meeting this week.