Friday, December 3, 2010

Another Golden Seas update

The bulk carrier Golden Seas in the Bering. USCG photo

The following U.S. Coast Guard update arrived at 7:25 p.m.

Dec. 3, 2010

Golden Seas gains limited power, assets still responding

ANCHORAGE — The crew of the 738-foot vessel Golden Seas reported on-scene weather has diminished temporarily, allowing the crew to utilize limited engine capability to maneuver northeast away from land.

The waves on scene have reportedly reduced from 29 feet to 20 feet. However, the vessel Tor Viking II remains en route to the Golden Seas and is expected on scene around noon tomorrow. The Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley is also en route and is expected to arrive sometime Sunday afternoon.

Two Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and crews arrived today in Dutch Harbor and will continue to Adak to provide rescue capabilities if needed.

The crew of the Golden Seas reported an engine turbocharge failure to the Coast Guard at 4 a.m. today. This limited power and steerage. The ship's position was about 70 miles north of Adak, drifting southeast toward Atka Island.

The Golden Seas is carrying Canola seed from Vancouver, Canada, to the United Arab Emirates.

The Tor Viking II is a 251-foot towing vessel outfitted with four engines totaling 18,300 horsepower.

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