The Chernjakhovsk, one of a fleet of about 70 Soviet fishing vessels operating off the West Coast of the United States, was having trouble with her engines for several days.
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Background: The Chernjakhovsk, one of a fleet of about 70 Soviet fishing vessels operating off the West Coast of the United States, was having trouble with her engines for several days.
The ship was given official U.S. permission on May 12th to enter Drake's Bay north of San Francisco to make engine repairs.
The Chernjakhovsk had been waiting for several days to enter the port. The United States Treasury Department telephoned permission for entry on May 11th, but the coast Guard said it considered this advisory. On May 12th, the permission was received by the Coast Guard by teletype from Washington.
When the permission was radioed to the ship it had reached a spot over one hundred miles north of San Francisco, an a Coast Guard vessel trailing it said the Russian vessel may have decided not to enter Drake's Bay after all.
Under International law, the Russian ship could have claimed the right to enter under the Force Majeure doctrine...a grave emergency. The Coast Guard said three Russian ships entered American ports last year under this doctrine and six have already done so this year.