Pine Galaxy towed to San Francisco
Commercial tugs towed disabled tanker Pine Galaxy into the Port of San Francisco with an escort by the Coast Guard Cutter Pike on Aug 27, reported USCG. The Pine Galaxy will undergo repairs and inspection at a shipyard in San Francisco.
Coast Guard air and cutter forces continue to assist the 22-person crew of a 485-foot, Bahamian-flagged chemical tanker after a fire in the main engineroom disabled the vessel, leaving it without propulsion, about 700 miles west of Cape Blanco, Oregon, Aug. 15, 2014.
The fire was extinguished using installed firefighting systems, however, the ship sustained damage to its generators, leaving the crew with minimal battery power.
The vessel’s ownership has contracted the commercial tugboat Millennium Falcon, based in Anacortes. The tugboat is expected to arrive at the tanker’s location in about three days with a damage control technical specialist.
Fire in engine room of tanker Pine Galaxy, 1 crew injured, North Pacific
Product tanker Pine Galaxy suffered fire in engine room on Aug 12 or Aug 13, en route from Los Angeles to Yeosu, South Korea, one crew injured. Vessel presumably disabled and drifting in position 41 10N 139 50W area, some 700 nm due west from US coastline, Nevada – Oregon border.