MV Horizon Tacoma looses propulsion off Vancouver Island

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The Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology are monitoring a disabled container ship, the Horizon Tacoma, near Vancouver Island. The 678-ft. container ship was making its way toward Anchorage, Alaska, when it lost propulsion approximately 10 miles west of Vancouver Island.

Summary information

Date of incident: October 27, 2011
Location:

10 miles west of Estevan Point on Vancouver Island, just north of Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

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Type of incident: 2,012 metric tons of heavy fuel oil and 466 metric tons of marine diesel. No spill reported at this time.
Cause of incident: Under Investigation
Responsible party: Horizon Lines, Tacoma, WA
A map of the MV Horizon Tacoma's location

A map of the MV Horizon Tacoma's location.

Status updates

October 28, 2011

The Horizon Tacoma has restarted its engine. One turbo charger is down but it is under it's own power. It is escorted by the Neah Bay emergency tug Jeffrey Foss. It is expected to arrive soon in Port Angeles, WA.

The Horizon Tacoma is now at anchor in Port Angeles.

The Neah Bay emergency response and towing vessel Jeffrey Foss returned to its station in Neah Bay.

U.S. Coast Guard vessel inspectors are overseeing repairs to the ship. They also are investigating the cause of the propulsion and power loss.

October 27, 2011

The Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology are monitoring a disabled container ship near Vancouver Island, Thursday.

The 678-ft. container ship Horizon Tacoma was making way toward Anchorage, Alaska, when it lost propulsion approximately 10 miles west of Vancouver Island.

Rescue Coordination Center Victoria, B.C., contacted Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound to report the Canadian tug Seaspan King will arrive at approximately 8 p.m. to tow the Horizon Tacoma into U.S. waters. The emergency response towing vessel, Jeffrey Foss, also known as the Neah Bay rescue tug, has been dispatched to provide assistance and will assume the tow and take the vessel to Tacoma.

Coast Guard vessel inspectors and investigators from Sector Puget Sound will board the Horizon Tacoma to determine the cause of the loss of propulsion.

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