The top United States Coast Guard buoy tenders from around the state will throw their dock lines around the pilings at USCG District 17 station Juneau this week for the annual Buoy Tender Roundup.
"The Buoy Tender Roundup was first instituted in 1982," District 17 coordinator Lt. j.g. Kelly Hansen said. "That was in Kodiak, a week of training and sharing best practices and camaraderie."
According to Hansen, in the past 20 years, as larger vessels have come into service and the USCG D17 has developed, the logistics of holding the event in Juneau have become easier.
The Roundup is an opportunity for crews to complete various safety and technical training. Monday begins with a blood drive in Centennial Hall before crews start classes. One of the cutters will be available for tours, however, the name of that ship and the time of the tour was not known at press time.
Wednesday, the cutter crews will square off in a competition to help turn everyday workday situations into fun and games. The competition includes tug of war, survival swimmer relay, and chain pull.
"It's just another way to foster camaraderie and teamwork and a little bit of fun in the middle of an intense week of training for the crews," Hansen said. "All our mandated training has to be done in this one week so it is financially responsible to bring all the cutters in with their 200-plus crew members and have the training team come here. The community gets a close look at what the fleet looks like."
Five Coast Guard "black hull" cutters will be arriving today through Monday: the Maple from Sitka, the Spar from Kodiak, the Hickory from Homer, the Anthony Petit from Ketchikan and the Elderberry from Petersburg.
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