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Stories from the KUCB Newsroom on the topic of business and industry. Also includes volunteer Frank Kelty's weekly fisheries update, the Unalaska Fisheries Report.

U.S. Coast Guard report of the Marine Board of Investigation

After a two-year inquiry, the U.S. Coast Guard released its report on the fatal sinking of the F/V Destination this month.

In it, the Marine Board of Investigation identified four primary factors that contributed to the crab boat's capsizing near St. George Island — and the deaths of all six crew members.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Twenty cruise ships are slated to call on the city this year. That'll set a new record, according to Director Carlin Enlow of the Unalaska Visitors Bureau.

"We were going to have 13 cruise ships a couple years ago and three of them canceled," she said. "We went down to eight last year. So to have 20 cruise ships this year is a huge, huge increase."

The first vessel will arrive May 6, with cruise season continuing through the end of September.

St. Paul, Alaska
KUCB/John Ryan

Alaska’s largest regional airline now flies to the Pribilof Islands.

Ravn Alaska’s Dash-8 aircraft has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for over-water flight -- a certification the carrier has pursued since late 2018.

The 29-seat planes will provide thrice weekly service between St. Paul and Anchorage, with a refueling stop in Bethel.

Ravn officials say the Dash 8’s configuration will allow for “additional capacity for freight, mail, and baggage” compared to the Saab 340 it’s replacing. 

F/V Destination Memorial Fund

The U.S. Coast Guard is considering civil penalties against the owners of the F/V Destination — the crab boat that capsized two years ago in the Bering Sea, killing all six crew members.

The potential for penalties is just one takeaway from a new report released Sunday, in which investigators identified a number of mistakes that contributed to the deadly accident.

Chrissy Roes

In 2018, Ravn Air Group purchased PenAir — the carrier that's long served as the primary connection between Anchorage and the Aleutian-Pribilof region.

For months following the buy-out, Ravn Alaska declined and did not respond to interview requests. But this month, KUCB's Zoë Sobel finally spoke with Chief Commercial Officer Derek Shanks to learn why the carrier wants to expand in Southwest.  

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