Coast Guard responds to thirteen adrift vessels

SEATTLE – Thirteen vessels broke loose from their anchorages Thursday due to high winds and storms that passed through the Puget Sound region here.

Coast Guard Sector Seattle responded to each case to ensure the vessels were not a hazard to navigation and no pollution entered Puget Sound.

In one case the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Center here detected the bulk carrier Nurten Ana was dragging anchor in Commencement Bay. The Coast Guard coordinated a tug to assist the drifting vessel. The Nurten Ana’s propellers were fouled with logs and debris and the crew could not stop the vessel’s drift. The tug Wendell Foss kept a tow line on the disabled vessel until the debris could be removed and the vessel could be anchored. The Coast Guard is requiring the vessel to conduct an underwater survey to inspect for any damage.

Vessel owners should ensure they secure their vessels for heavy weather. This includes doubling up lines and ensuring that bilge pumps are operating correctly. When the heavy weather passes owners should check their vessels for damage and flooding.

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