Panamax bulk carrier disabled after explosion off Oregon

Bulk carrier FEDERAL IRIS suffered a minor explosion in engine room early in the morning UTC Feb 22 some 240 nm off Columbia river estuary, while en route from China to Longview, Oregon. Bulk carrier started to drift, tug DENISE FOSS (IMO 9748576) was sent to tow disabled bulk carrier to port. As of 0230 UTC Feb 24, FEDERAL IRIS was already under tow, being some 100 nm off Columbia river estuary.

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