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Marine Accident Brief: Wave Damage to Fishing Vessel Progress

Executive Summary

​On January 26, 2018, at 0820 local time, the commercial fishing vessel Progress was riding out heavy weather in the Bering Sea north of Unimak Island, Alaska, when a large wave struck the vessel’s wheelhouse. Several windows were damaged by the force of the wave, and seawater ruined navigational and other electrical equipment and knocked out the vessel’s electrical power. The five crewmembers reestablished control and Good Samaritan vessels led the Progress back to Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The vessel sustained $1.3 million in damage. No pollution or injuries were reported.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the damage to fishing vessel Progress was an encounter with a considerably larger wave than those the vessel had been experiencing while hove to in gale-force conditions.

Accident Location: Unimak Island , AK USA Bering Sea, 39 nautical miles north of Unimak Island
Accident Date: 1/26/2018
Accident ID: DCA18FM013

Date Adopted: 3/20/2019
NTSB Number: MAB1904
NTIS Number:  

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