2018 Aug 28

Freighter disabled off New York

Watchstanders at US Coast Guard Sector New York received a report that the Panama-flagged bulk carrier GDF Suez North Sea with 21 crew aboard, was disabled. USCG monitored the situation over the following days as the crew attempted to repair the propulsion system

By Thursday night, the vessel’s crew determined they were unable to affect repairs, and the US Coast Guard began facilitating an offshore salvage operation. An HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft from Air Station Cape Cod arrived on scene to establish communications with the vessel and assess its condition.

The parent company of GDF Suez North Sea dispatched the tug Atlantic Salvor from the Port of New York and New Jersey to meet with the vessel over 100 miles offshore and take her under tow. The Atlantic Salvor began towing operations towards New York, while US Coast Guard Sector New York personnel closely monitored the vessel’s transit through busy offshore shipping lanes.

As USCG arrived to Ambrose Channel, the US Coast Guard directed the use of at least three tugs to tow the disabled vessel into New York Harbor and to its berth in Newark.

On August 26, US Coast Guard Sector New York’s Vessel Traffic Service coordinated and managed the complex towing evolution through New York Harbor, and USCG personnel from Station New York provided a safety escort.

The vessel was carrying cement cargo and the cause of the propulsion loss is under investigation.


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