More problems for Pacific Producer

Thu, 03/21/2013 - 10:12am
This undated photo taken by the U.S. Coast Guard shows a fish processing vessel that went hard aground on Kodiak Island and 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 March 15 while traveling through Ouzinkie Narrows between Kodiak and Spruce islands. The vessel had just left the city of Kodiak two hours earlier when the mishap occurred in relatively calm seas, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. In January, firefighters responded to reports of an ammonia leak on the vessel, which was docked at a busy commercial pier after crews walked off the job. Another ammonia leak was reported later after the Pacific Producer was moved to St. Herman Harbor. Days after the first leak, an estimated 150 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the water, according to the Coast Guard. The Kodiak Daily Mirror said a former employee was accused of damaging the vessel’s engines with an ax in February.