USCG detains Japanese car carrier in Tacoma for safety violations

The US Coast Guard has detained a car carrier owned by Japan’s Fukunaga Kaiun in the Port of Tacoma, Washington, because of safety violations discovered on board.

During a routine exam by a Port State Control team the Panama-flagged Pegasus Highway (15,553 dwt, built 1994) was found to have several deficiencies, the most serious of which was an ineffective fire detection and alert system.

Foreign vessels visiting US ports must meet US safety standards so this RoRo container ship will remain in Tacoma until the problems are rectified.

A USCG spokesman said they would work with the Pegasus Highway’s crew to make sure the failings are corrected and the ship can return to sea in safe condition.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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