From U.S. Coast Guard
SEATTLE — Coast Guard aircraft and cutters continue to assist the 22-person crew of a 485-foot, Bahamian-flagged chemical tanker after a fire in the main engine room disabled the vessel, leaving it without propulsion, about 700 miles west of Coos Bay.
The fire was extinguished using installed firefighting systems, however, the ship sustained damage to its generators, leaving the crew with minimal battery power.
One crew member aboard the tanker died as a result of the fire.
A Coast Guard aircrew, aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Sacramento, delivered two iridium telephones and a VHF-FM radio to the ship, Thursday. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, a 418-foot National Security Cutter homeported near San Francisco is on scene to provide assistance, including engineering and damage control equipment.
Coast Guard watch standers at the 13th District Rescue Coordination Center in Seattle, used the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System to contact nearby vessels. AMVER vessels have been providing ongoing visual assessments of the vessel’s condition.
“The AMVER vessels involved were instrumental in providing check-ins with the disabled vessel and providing updates to rescue personnel about the condition of the crew and vessel position,” said Lt. Ryan Beck, command duty officer at the 13th District Rescue Coordination Center. “AMVER vessels are extremely valuable high-seas resources for rescue coordinators.”
The vessel’s ownership has contracted the commercial tugboat Millennium Falcon, based in Anacortes, WA. The tugboat is expected to arrive at the tanker’s location in about three days with a damage control technical specialist.
As mentioned, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton is on station updating assessments of the situation. Coast Guard photos below show the scale of the USCGC Stratton that few have seen here on the Oregon Coast.