>Coast Guard responds to motor vessel Golden Seas in Bering Sea – Recap

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To view more information including videos, photos and news releases about the Golden Seas response go to uscgalaska.com. 

Saturday:

The waves on scene have reportedly reduced from 29 feet, Friday, to 20 feet, Saturday. 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.

The tug rendezvoused with the vessel Golden Seas about 5:30 p.m. Saturday and was able to begin towing the ship toward Dutch Harbor at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Crews on the Tor Viking, an ocean-going tug, will be using the emergency towing system (ETS), specifically designed to deploy to a disabled ship from the stern of a tugboat or airdropped to the ship’s deck via helicopter.  The Tor Viking is scheduled to tow the vessel to Dutch Harbor.

The Golden Seas is carrying a cargo of Canola seed from Vancouver, Canada to the United Arab Emirates. The vessel also has more than 450,000 gallons of crude oil, 11,700 gallons of diesel and 10,000 gallons of lube oil on board.

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 horse power.

Friday:

The crew of the Golden Seas reported an engine turbo-charge failure to the Coast Guard at 4 a.m. Friday limiting power and steerage about 70 miles north of Adak and drifting southeast toward Atka Island.

A unified command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and O’Brien’s Response Management on behalf Allseas Marine was established at 12 p.m. Friday to coordinate the ongoing response.

The motor vessel Tor Viking has been contracted by O’Brien’s to respond from Dutch Harbor to tow the Golden Seas to safety.

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