Fish processing vessel grounds on Kodiak Island

A fish processing vessel that went hard aground on Kodiak Island was struck by other problems earlier this year, including a diesel spill and two ammonia leaks.

The 169-foot Pacific Producer grounded in 9-foot tides early Friday while traveling through a narrow passage between Kodiak and Spruce islands. Responders in Alaska say the crew likely won’t be able to refloat it until higher tides return next week.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the vessel, homeported in Seattle, sustained a 10-inch crack in the hull wall of a water tank. No one was injured and no fuel spilled.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the grounding. Petty Officer Sara Francis says the crew tried at least twice to refloat the processor in lower tides, but was unsuccessful.

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