Catalunya Spirit Boilers Back Online

BOSTON – Both boilers on board the previously disabled Liquefied Natural Gas tanker Catalunya Spirit are back on line. The ship’s operating systems are being tested before engaging propulsion.

The Catalunya Spirit lost propulsion and became disabled east of Cape Cod Monday morning. It has been towed to the site of a future LNG offload point seven miles off the coast of Gloucester, where repairs are being made.

The repair crew aboard found two malfunctioning electrical relays and has ordered replacement parts, which are en route. The crew bypassed the relays to test the engine and found that in the event of an emergency, the engine will run.

Once repairs are complete, Lloyd’s Register, an internationally recognized classification society, will provide Capt. Gail Kulisch, the captain of the Port of Boston, with a report certifying that the repairs are complete and satisfactory. Kulisch must then accept the certification before the Catalunya Spirit can resume full international service.

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