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Accident Report Detail

Sinking of U.S. Fish Processing Vessel Alaska Ranger

Executive Summary

​On March 23, 2008, the U.S. fish processing vessel Alaska Ranger sank in the Bering Sea 120 nautical miles west of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The vessel was owned by Fishing Company of Alaska, Inc., headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Five of the 47 people on board died in the accident.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of the Alaska Ranger was uncontrolled, progressive flooding due to a lack of internal watertight integrity and to a breach of the hull’s watertight envelope, likely caused by a physical rudder loss. Contributing to the loss of life was the vessel’s movement astern, which likely accelerated the flooding and caused the liferafts to swing out of reach of many crewmembers.

Accident Location:   , AK   Bering Sea, 120 nautical miles west of Dutch Harbor
Accident Date: 3/23/2008
Accident ID: DCA08MM015

Date Adopted: 9/30/2009
NTSB Number: MAR-09-05
NTIS Number: PB2009-916405