Army vessel Monterrey left Woman's Bay, where it had been tied up at Lash Dock
for over a week. Army Reserve Major Annemarie Daneker says the 174-foot landing
craft left at about 3 p.m. Sunday, under tow, for Seward.
says the ship is now under the supervision of the Naval Sea Systems Command,
and all but two of the Monterrey's crew has flown home. They were Army Reserve
soldiers who were participating in their annual training mission, and according
to Daneker, were at the end of their yearly deployment. Two Active Guard and
Reserve soldiers from the ship will meet up with the Monterrey in Seward and
stay until the ship is ready to sail.
The stay in
Seward is expected to last 30- to 45-days, where repairs to the hull will be
made. After that, Daneker says, the plan is to move it to another dry dock for
its annual maintenance. That location has yet to be determined.
Monterrey's 350 tons of cargo - construction equipment destined to help
relocate the Western Alaska village of Newtok - will be loaded on the landing
craft "Malvern Hill" out of Tacoma, to be returned to the Lower 48. The Malvern
Hill is due in Kodiak on or about July 10th.
Associated Press reports that construction of buildings at the new village site
of Mertarvik, scheduled for this summer, has been cancelled.
Monterrey hit Humpback Rock, a charted hazard off the City of Kodiak on June 8th
and was intentionally beached on Puffin Island. About 8,000- to 12,000-gallons
of diesel fuel spilled from two ruptured tanks on the ship, but no damage to
the environment or harm to wildlife was reported.