DVIDS - News - Response operations for grounded fishing vessel in American Samoa suspended ahead of

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa The Coast Guard, owner of the vessel and local authorities have suspended response operations, Friday, for the grounding of the 88-foot commercial fishing vessel Chui Zai Fa No. 1, located approximately 300-yards off Leone Bay until Tropical Cyclone Gita has passed American Samoa and safe weather conditions return.The owner of the Chui Zai Fa No. 1, is the responsible party and is actively working with Coast Guard officials and local authorities to develop a salvage plan for the grounded fishing vessel.The 88-foot fishing vessel is currently aground in the surf zone, split in half with the bow and stern portions sitting side by side.The Chui Zai Fa No. 1 is estimated to hold approximately 30,000 gallons of diesel fuel based on the total tank and fish hold capacity. Light sheening has been reported around the vessel. Oil spill response equipment has been deployed to mitigate impacts from any potential spill.With the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Gita scheduled to begin affecting the island Friday, operations have been temporarily put on hold for safety concerns and will resume once the storm has passed.The site immediately around the vessel and the vessel itself are dangerous. It is in a heavy surf zone and the structure of the vessel is compromised. Non-response personnel should remain clear of the vessel and surrounding area.The Taiwanese-flagged vessel reportedly caught fire Nov. 4, 2017, in international waters prompting the crew ....

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