Dis­abled freighter safe in Ber­ing Sea with 20 crew

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

ALASKA: The 732ft (223m) Golden Seas, with 20 crew on board, had is­sued a dis­tress call in rough seas about 60 miles (96km) north-west of the small com­mu­nity of Adak, in Alaska.

The main en­gine of the Greek-owned ship re­port­edly failed early on Fri­day.

The tug's ar­rival has eased con­cerns that the ship could run aground.

The two ves­sels are now ex­pected to reach Dutch Har­bor, some 275 miles (442km) from the scene of the dis­tress call, early on Mon­day.

The ves­sel was car­ry­ing more than 457,500 gal­lons (2,050,000 litres) of bunker oil, close to 12,000 gal­lons of diesel fuel and 10,000 gal­lons of lu­bri­cat­ing oil, Petty Of­fi­cer David Mosley said.

The Liberian-flagged ves­sel was also car­ry­ing an un­spec­i­fied amount of canola seed, which can be crushed to pro­duce veg­etable oil and is also used in an­i­mal feed.

Dana Warr Coast, chief petty of­fi­cer with the US Coast Guard, told The As­so­ci­ated Press that al­though the tug and tanker were en­coun­ter­ing 20ft (6m) waves, con­di­tions were ex­pected to im­prove over the next 24 hours.

There have been no re­ports of in­juries among those on board the ship. -Ap

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