Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Russell W. Peterson (ex Wolverine) No Approval as Lifeboat

The research boat Russell W. Peterson aground on Bethany Beach in Delaware Tuesday, May 13, 2008. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Sector Delaware Bay)

According to Delaware online the MV Russell W. Peterson was formerly the MV Wolverine. From the article:
Mike Kaszuba, a civilian Coast Guard investigator assigned to the Delaware case, confirmed that the agency is probing the ship's maintenance history in Texas and Louisiana -- including handling of past serious problems with cracking, corrosion and structural shortfalls.

Those problems blocked the Wolverine from approval for its originally intended job as a "liftboat,"

"It wasn't certifiable as a liftboat," Kaszuba said Thursday. Although the previous owners had sought certification, they withdrew before meeting the rigorous safety standards, he said.

The article: Doomed boat failed safety check is here - read the comments as well.

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