Coast Guard plans to go ahead, sink Japanese ship

OVER THE GULF OF ALASKA (AP) -- The U.S. Coast Guard says a Canadian fishing vessel will not tow a Japanese ghost ship that it claimed, and that the agency will go ahead with plans to sink the stricken boat.

Spokesman Paul Webb says a Coast Guard cutter will start firing its cannons on the abandoned 164-foot Ryou-Un Maru when the 62-foot Bernice C leaves the area, possibly within an hour.

The Bernice C had claimed salvage rights. A Canadian official with knowledge of the situation said the ship was unable to tow the other vessel.

The Japanese ship was dislodged by last year's tsunami and was destined for scrapping. The Coast Guard decided to sink it, rather than risk the chance of it running aground.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 146335925 -
Gray Television, Inc.