Coast Guard monitoring disabled vessel

ASTORIA, Ore. – The Coast Guard is monitoring the bulk carrier Luzon Strait, which was temporarily disabled outside the entrance of the Columbia River near Astoria, Ore., Thursday.

The 503-foot Hong Kong flagged ship was inbound near the Columbia River entrance when the crew reported loss of engine and generator power at 3:42 a.m.

The Columbia River Bar Pilot aboard the vessel safely made anchorage outside of the shipping channel before troubleshooting and repairing the ship.

A Coast Guard Sector Portland, Ore., marine inspector has responded to investigate the mechanical failure, determine the vessel’s ability to proceed to its destination of Portland and conduct sea trials approximately five miles offshore.

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