Burned Chemical Tanker Towing into Port

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 @ 06:08 PM gHale

A 485-foot chemical tanker which suffered an engine room fire that killed a crewmember August 13 will end up towed into the Port of San Francisco for assessment and repairs, the U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday.

A safety and assessment team comprised of the Coast Guard, along with a number of federal, state and local agencies, will work with the owners of the disabled tanker, Pine Galaxy, to ensure the safety of the ship’s crew while finalizing plans for the ship to come into the Port of San Francisco for repairs, Coast Guard officials said.

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The fire resulted in the loss of electrical power and propulsion according to the Coast Guard. Since the blaze, the vessel remains about 700 miles west of Cape Blanco, Oregon.

The Bahamian registered ship, a mixed-product carrier, will end up towed toward San Francisco, but its arrival date and time remain uncertain, due to factors such as weather conditions and the speed of the tow, Coast Guard officials said.

Among the products transported by the ship are neutral oil, tetramer, propylene tetramer and vegetable oil, according to Coast Guard officials.

The Coast Guard said that there have been no reports of cargo leaking from the ship and no reported damage to the vessel’s cargo tanks, fuel tanks or hull.

Capt. Greg Stump, commander at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, said, “Our top priority is ensuring a coordinated effort to get the ship safely into port where repairs can be made.”

The Coast Guard will escort the ship and establish a safety zone around the vessel, officials said.

The cause of the deadly fire remains under investigation.

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