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Press Release | Dec. 30, 2023

Coast Guard continues response to vessel fire near Dutch Harbor, Alaska

D17 Public Affairs

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard continues to assist and assess a fire reported on the cargo vessel Genius Star XI off Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Saturday.

The Coast Guard confirmed there are no injuries to the 19 crewmembers aboard Genius Star XI. A team of marine firefighting experts from T&T Salvage and Resolve Marine embarked the ship Friday to begin an on-site assessment of the vessel’s condition, and found no signs of structural deformation or blistering outside of the compartment.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage issued a Captain of the Port Order to Genius Star XI to remain two miles offshore. Also, the Captain of the Port established a one-mile safety zone around the vessel for the duration of the response effort.

“A top priority is the safety of the crewmembers and responders aboard Genius Star XI, the safety of the community in Unalaska, and mitigating any potential environmental impact,” said Rear Admiral Megan Dean, Commander of the 17th Coast Guard District. “The Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Gallagher Marine Systems, T&T Salvage, and the State of Alaska are working in a Unified Command to respond safely and swiftly. The Unified Command is also working closely with Unalaska city officials to address local concerns and keep the community informed of response efforts.”

The cause of the fire remains unknown. An investigation into the cause of the fire will take place once response efforts are complete.

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