US fish factory Arctic Storm on fire off Aberdeen, 120 crew to be evacuated
USCG: Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a call from the fish factory Arctic Storm at approximately 3:20 p.m. (23:20 UTC) May 20 13 reporting an uncontrolled engine room fire with 120 people on board some 30 miles west of Grays Harbor (Aberdeen), Wash. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River launched two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Astoria, a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Cape Disappointment and two 47-foot motor lifeboat crews from Station Grays Harbor.
Later Coast Guard said fire was put under control by the crew, after activating chemical firefighting system. Vessel seems to be stable, but the crew is to be evacuated to one of the fishing vessels nearby (there are some 4-5 fish factories in the area). Arctic Storm is to be towed to Aberdeen.
The Arctic Storm is operated by Seattle-based Arctic Storm Management Group. The company’s website says its crews fish for Pacific Whiting off the coast of Washington and Oregon from the end of May through early June.