Asia-bound cargo ship held in Alaska harbor cleared to leave

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A cargo ship that has been detained in an Alaska harbor amid an environmental crimes investigation has been cleared to leave port.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis tells The Associated Press that the German operator and owner of the 600-foot Lindavia entered into a security agreement and posted a bond Thursday.

As part of the security agreement, a portion of the crew of about 20 will remain in Alaska until the investigation is complete.

When the ship entered port Feb. 12, the crew notified the Coast Guard that it suffered damage to some navigation lights and radar systems in storms while en route to Alaska from China. Coast Guard officials noticed the possible environmental crimes when they boarded the ship to check damage.

Feldis declined to provide details of the alleged crimes while the case is being investigated.