Unified Command respond to the fire aboard the fishing vessel Kodiak Enterprise at the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma, Washington resigned.
Unified Command consisted of the Tacoma Fire Department, the US Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, the Washington Department of Ecology, and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians with support from several other agencies.
For the past two weeks, responders have been working to remove fuel and water pockets to maintain the ship’s stability. All of the remaining diesel on board the vessel was successfully removed with no fuel spillage or sheen observed during defuelling.
Now that the threat of pollution has been mitigated, Unified Command has resigned. The incident commanders thanked the teams that responded to the fire and carried out rescue work over the past two weeks.
“This was a dangerous operation that could have resulted in loss of life, damage to the marine environment from the fuel on board, or the ship capsizing,” said Cmdr. Kira Moody, the Coast Guard Operations Manager. “On behalf of Unified Command, I extend my deepest gratitude and appreciation to the Tacoma Fire and Resolve Marine responders. Your steady and professional approach made this response a success.”
The fire on the Kodiak Enterprise began on April 8th when the ship was docked at Trident Seafoods in the Hylebos Waterway. The fire appears to have started in the front of the 276-foot vessel and later spread throughout the ship. There were reportedly 55,000 gallons of diesel on board.
“We are grateful that the fuel transfer was safe and efficient and no diesel was spilled,” said Alison Meyers, the state on-site coordinator from the Washington Department of Ecology. “I would like to thank all the responders who put in many hours during this extended incident. Coordination between all parties was key to putting out this fire and defueling the ship.”
“This has been an incredibly challenging time and we are grateful for the support and cooperation from all authorities and parties in fighting the fire and stabilizing the ship,” said Joe Bundrant, CEO of Trident Seafoods. “We also appreciate the patience of the surrounding Tacoma community while responding to the incident. The Kodiak Enterprise is more than just a fishing vessel for the Trident family, especially for their crew.”
The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the incident. The final plan for the ship has not yet been determined.