Repairs completed on vessel that threatened island

Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A cargo ship that was towed to Dutch Harbor after breaking down in the Aleutian Islands has been repaired and is back at sea.

The Golden Seas left Dutch Harbor on Monday.

The 738-foot ship, with a crew of 20 and cargo of canola seed, experienced a turbocharger failure Dec. 3 while en route from Vancouver, Canada, to the United Arab Emirates.

The engine problem reduced the vessel's power and it drifted in 30-foot seas toward Atka Island.

Within 24 miles of the island, winds and seas abated, allowing the Golden Seas to regain enough power to steer away. A tug towed the vessel more than 500 miles to Dutch Harbor.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Dutch Harbor received certification Sunday that repairs had been made and at-sea tests were conducted Monday.

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