Coast Guard Authorizes Disabled Ship to Return to Portland for Repairs

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Captain of the Port Portland granted the M/V Golden Glow permission to return to Portland in order to repair its #1 steering gear pump Monday.

The 732-foot Greek flagged bulk carrier was proceeding outbound in the Columbia River in vicinity of Tongue Point with approximately 55,000 tons of grain when the #1 steering gear pump failed. The vessel was able to safely navigate to the designated anchorage using its functioning steering motor.

Coast Guard Sector Portland marine inspectors and investigators responded in order to determine the vessel’s ability to proceed to sea or to seek further repair. Due to the nature of the casualty, the vessel was required to return to Portland to make repairs.

The Coast Guard coordinated with the ship operator and agent for the vessel to be under escort by two tug boats during the transit back up the Columbia River. Once the repair is made to the #1 steering gear pump and confirmed by the Coast Guard, the vessel will be allowed to continue its voyage out to sea.

Code of Federal Regulations states the Captain of the Port enforces regulations for the protection and security of vessels.

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