Buoy tenders gather in town

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2001

JUNEAU Six buoy tenders from the United States and Canadian Coast Guards are training in Juneau this week.

Sailors are arriving from their home ports of Kodiak, Homer, Petersburg, Ketchikan and Victoria, British Columbia, for the Buoy Tender Round-Up.

Crews will participate in events ranging from technical training to basketball tournaments and cook-offs. The roundup will conclude Friday. No public open houses are planned.

"Approximately 200 buoy tender sailors will have the opportunity to get specialized training during the week in areas such as engine repair, buoy maintenance, first aid and more," said Lt. j.g. Eirik Kellogg of the Coast Guard's Alaska aids to navigation office.

Crews aboard the Coast Guard tenders in Alaska primarily service 1,250 navigational aids along 33,000 miles of coastline. They also participate in search and rescues, environmental protection and law enforcement, the Coast Guard said.

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