A trawler sails out of Kodiak harbor past the grounded U.S. Army Reserve
landing craft Monterrey Sunday, as the civilian landing craft Cape
Douglas stands by with more oil spill containment boom. Jay Barrett/KMXT
Army Reserve landing craft Monterrey, which has spent all week aground in
Kodiak after striking a rock and taking on water, could be moved by noon
Friday. Maj. Annmarie Daneker said Thursday morning that engineers and crew
were prepping for the move and that extra personnel and specific equipment will
be on hand in case more diesel fuel leaked to the surface after the ship is
into Humpback Rock late last Friday punctured two of the Monterrey's starboard
fuel tanks, draining 8,000 gallons from one, and somewhat less from the other.
Enough diesel fuel leaked before containment booms were put around the ship
that it could be seen and smelled along the Kodiak waterfront. However there
have been no reports of the fuel harming wildlife or habitat.
says the Monterrey will make the trip to the Coast Guard Base in Women's Bay
under its own power. It's a trip of about six miles. She says once it's tied
up, the 350 tons of construction equipment will be offloaded and divers will
evaluate the damage to the Monterrey.
in a letter to the Secretary of the Army, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski suggested
that the Monterrey could be repaired at the Ketchikan shipyard, which has the
dry dock capacity to handle the 174-foot landing craft.
also urged the Army to do what it can to get the construction equipment to its
destination near Newtok as soon as possible. It was headed there to support a
Marine Corps project to build a new townsite for the people of Newtok, whose
village is in danger from erosion and melting permafrost. Daneker said the
decision on how best to get the equipment there is still to be made.
She said a
military fact- finding investigation will be conducted to see what went wrong
and caused the Monterrey to hit a charted rock just off the Kodiak waterfront.
She had no timeline for how long that might take.