Asphalt tanker disabled, drifting off US coast
USCG Boston report: The Netherlands Coast Guard called watchstanders at the First Coast Guard District at about 5:30 p.m., Thursday (July 13), and reported the tanker Asphalt Sailor was disabled with a crew of 17 aboard, after it lost power 210 miles off the coast of Nantucket. Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch was the first asset to arrive on scene at about 5 a.m. Friday (July 14). Assessing the situation, they reported the Asphalt Sailor crew was in no immediate danger, and worked to determine the cause of the power outage.
The 270- foot Coast Guard Cutter Legare patrolling off the coast of New England, was scheduled to take over for the Rollin Fritch at about 4:30 p.m. Management company of Asphalt Sailor is working to dispatch a tug from New York City to meet with the vessel and tow it back to port.
Comment: Vessel was disabled and drifting, according to AIS, in vicinity 37 40N 069 20W, latest AIS dated July 13. Vessel left New York on July 11 and was sailing in southeast direction, destination unknown, having AIS status as “for orders”.