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Grounded landing craft Monterrey relocated to Seward for repair

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

Kodiak's KMXT radio reports the 174-foot U.S. Army landing craft Monterrey, responsible for a diesel spill near Kodiak Island on June 8, is being towed to Seward, Alaska, after 19 days aground.

The Monterrey hit a charted hazard near Kodiak while on its way to Northern Alaska to deliver construction equipment to relocate a Western Alaska village. In order to lessen the impact of diesel seepage from its ruptured tanks, the vessel was intentionally beached on Puffin Island, near the city of Kodiak.

In total, an estimated 8,000-12,000 gallons of fuel leaked from the damaged ship. However, due to adequate cleanup, the environmental impact of the spill appears minimal.

The Monterrey is expected to stay in Seward for 30 to 45 days, during which repairs will be made to its hull. While held up, the Monterrey's 350 tons of cargo will be transferred to the "Malvern Hill," a landing craft from Tacoma, Washington, and delivered to the village of Newtok near Bethel.

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