Golden Seas and ocean-going tug Tor Viking II expected to rendezvous today

KODIAK, Alaska - The 738-foot tanker Golden Seas makes 3.5 mph through 20-foot seas 50 miles north of Adak Island Dec. 3, 2010. Coast Guard aircrews were launched from Air Station Kodiak in response to a report that the Golden Seas had lost propulsion and was drifting but the crew of the vessel reported to a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew that they had regained propulsion and were waiting on a tug to escort them to Dutch Harbor when the airecrew arrived and made contact with the vessel captain. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Tor Viking II is about 50 miles from the motor vessel Golden Seas and is expected to rendezvous about 40 miles north of Atka Island around 6 p.m. and establish a tow.

The Golden Seas crew reported Friday severe weather had diminished allowing the vessel to utilize limited engine capability to maneuver northeast away from land.

Crews on the Tor Viking, an ocean-going tug, will be using the emergency towing system (ETS), specifically designed to deploy to a disabled ship from the stern of a tugboat or air dropped to the ship’s deck via helicopter. The Tor Viking is scheduled to tow the vessel to Dutch Harbor.

Weather on scene has diminished to about 40 mph winds and 20 foot seas and is predicted to continue to weaken during the next 24 to 48 hours.

Coast Guard rescue helicopter crews remain in Dutch Harbor in case assistance is needed. An extra ETS is also available in Adak that can be delivered by helicopter. The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley is still enroute.

The 738-foot vessel is carrying rapeseed used to make canola oil, 450,000 gallons of crude oil, 11,700 gallons of diesel fuel and 10,000 gallons of lube oil.

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