Coast Guard detains Latvian freighter

Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Coast Guard has detained a Latvian freighter for numerous safety violations.

The Coast Guard found the problems Monday during a port inspection at Dutch Harbor. Inspectors found numerous problems aboard the Andra, including fire hoses that failed pressure tests, an escape ladder that was too short to reach the water line, and fuel leaks in the engine room bilges, the Coast Guard said.

The ship was detained as it headed to Dutch Harbor to purchase processed fish for sale to markets in Eastern Asia.

The owner of the vessel, Sea Metropolitan S.A., of Riga, has been notified that the ship was detained. The Coast Guard said the problems will have to be fixed before the Andra is allowed to leave port.

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