Tor Viking II Underway to Dutch Harbor with Golden Seas in tow

KODIAK, Alaska - The crew of the tug Tor Viking II is observed by an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules crew making 12 mph through 20 foot waves and 46 mph winds 48 miles from the 738-foot cargo vessel Golden Seas in the Bering Sea Dec. 4, 2010. The tug in en route to take the cargo vessel in tow to Dutch Harbor. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

Tug Tor Viking II is observed by an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules crew making 12 mph through 20 foot waves and 46 mph winds

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Tor Viking II reached the bulk carrier Golden Seas at approximately 5:30 p.m., and was able to successfully attach towlines and began the tow at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The vessels are en route to Dutch Harbor transiting about 8 mph and are expected to arrive Tuesday if they are able to maintain their current speed and weather conditions remain favorable.

The vessels’ voyage has been slightly delayed, opting to move to the south side of the Aleutian Islands to avoid rougher seas.

“We will continually monitor the the vessels situation as well as the weather until they safely reach Dutch Harbor,” said Capt. Jason Fosdick, federal on scene coordinator. “Although the southern route adds length to the transit, the reduction of the seas and weather further ensures the safety of the crews and the towing evolution.”

The Golden Seas is scheduled to anchor in Captain’s Bay in Dutch Harbor where repairs are expected to be made to the vessel.

The Coast Guard will monitor repairs and inspect the ship in order to ensure the vessel is safe to return to sea.

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