Pollution Prevention on Columbia River

1927-built former Coast Guard cutter Alert

The Coast Guard and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality teamed up with deputies of the Multnomah County river patrol to remove thousands of gallons of diesel fuel from two aging vessels on the Columbia River in January to prevent possible pollution.

An estimated 8,500 gallons of diesel fuel and 100 gallons of lube oil was removed from the former 1942-built Navy tug Sakarissa (YTM-269) and the former 1927-built Coast Guard cutter Alert (WMEC-127), both privately owned and under various stages of restoration. The tugboat had been retired from active service in 1974 and the Coast Guard cutter in 1969.

By Pacific Maritime