Coast Guard, state plan open house on shipwreck

Posted: Wednesday, March 03, 2010

JUNEAU - Coast Guard and state officials are holding an open house to discuss plans for assessing a shipwreck believed to the source of oil sheens in the Juneau area.

The Princess Kathleen wrecked off Lena Point in 1952 with an estimated 155,000 gallons of fuel on board. The Unified Command team said the wreckage sits in 80 to 140 feet of water and periodically causes small oil sheens.

Divers are set to examine the ship to determine how much fuel is left on board. Chief Petty Officer Mark Mackowiak said he wouldn't call the current situation a hazard but said officials want to do all they can to mitigate any problems.

Thursday's open house is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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