Unified command continues to assist disabled LNG tanker

BOSTON – The Unified Command at Coast Guard Sector Boston is continuing to monitor and assist the Liquefied Natural Gas tanker Catalunya Spirit, which lost propulsion and became disabled east of Cape Cod Monday morning.

The Catalunya Spirit is about 33 miles east of Chatham, Mass., and is being towed by tugs Freedom and Iona McAllister, traveling about four miles-per-hour in a northwesterly direction, parallel to shore. Additionally, the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, the Maine Responder and Atlantic Salvor are also on scene.

The Catalunya Spirit has restored some electrical power to the vessel’s switchboards; however, full power has not yet been restored to the vessel.

The vessel is being towed to a northern anchorage point about seven miles off the coast of Gloucester, Mass., to continue to troubleshoot what caused it to lose propulsion.

Though the vessel has not suffered any structural damage or released any substance, as part of the response plan, Coast Guard Sector Boston notified the National Strike Team, established a Unified Command and is helping to coordinate towage and pollution response assets.

The New Jersey and Delaware Responders are still scheduled to assist as well.

Forecast winds are 14 miles-per-hour with two-foot seas.

“The Unified Command is encouraged by the progress of the repairs,” said Coast Guard Capt. Gail Kulisch, Federal On Scene Coordinator for the response. “We will continue to work together to safeguard the Catalunya Spirit, the crew and its cargo.”

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