Division of Spill Prevention and Response


F/V Alaska Ranger

Incident Description
Incident Location Map Location Southern Bering Sea, 60 nm NW of Umnak Island, 120 nm W of Dutch Harbor and 38 nm N of the coast of Islands of Four Mountains at Latitude 53° 53’N, Longitude 169° 59’W
Product/Quantity An unknown amount of diesel fuel spilled. USCG reported that there was as much as 140,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board.
Cause Vessel sank in 1,053 fathoms (6,318 feet) after losing rudder and taking on water.
Time/Date of Incident The U.S. Coast Guard (USGC) notified ADEC at 4:41 AM on March 23, 2008, that the F/V Alaska Ranger had lost control of its rudder and was sinking. The F/V Alaska Ranger is a 190 foot catcher-processor vessel which was transiting to the fishing grounds in the Bering Sea.
Situation Reports
03/23/2008 (PDF 32K) -- FINAL updated
For more information

Bob Petit, ADEC 262-5210 x236