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Coast Guard, Tor Viking II responds to Golden Seas off Atka Island

Golden Seas

KODIAK, Alaska - The crew of a Kodiak-based HC-130 Hercules aircraft makes contact with the crews of the 738-foot Liberian-flagged cargo vessel Golden Seas 47 miles north of Atka Island and the tug Tor Viking II in the Bering Sea Dec. 4, 2010.  Coast Guard assets were deployed and diverted to respond to a report of the Golden Seas adrift Dec. 3 with 20 people aboard.  Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaska - The Tor Viking II is navigating through the Bering Sea en route to tow the motor vessel Golden Seas which is about 47 miles north of Atka Island to Dutch Harbor Dec. 4, 2010.

Coast Guard assets were deployed and diverted to respond to a report by the crew of the Golden Seas who reported an engine turbo-charge failure to the Coast Guard at 4 a.m. Friday limiting power and steerage about 70 miles north of Adak and drifting southeast toward Atka Island.

U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

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KODIAK, Alaska - A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew locates and makes contact with the crew of the 738-foot Liberian-flagged cargo vessel Golden Seas traveling about 3 mph in 20 foot seas and 46 mph winds 50 miles north of Adak Island Dec. 3, 2010.

The Hercules crew also dropped a self locating data marker buoy to collect set, drift, current and temperature information.

U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaska - The crew of the tug Tor Viking II is observed by an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules crew making 12 mph through 20 foot waves and 46 mph winds 48 miles from the 738-foot cargo vessel Golden Seas in the Bering Sea Dec. 4, 2010.  The tug in en route to take the cargo vessel in tow to Dutch Harbor.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaska - The crew of the tug Tor Viking II is observed by an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules crew moving at 12 mph through 20 foot seas and 46 mph winds 48 miles from the 738-foot cargo vessel Golden Seas in the Bering Sea Dec. 4, 2010.

The tug rendezvoused with the vessel Golden Seas about 5:30 p.m. and was able to begin towing the ship toward Dutch Harbor at 8:30 p.m.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska - Two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters from Air Station Kodiak sit on the deck ready to launch should they be needed to respond to the situation of the crew of the crago vessel Golden Seas Dec. 4, 2010. The helicopters were prestaged in Dutch Harbor Dec. 3 in response to a report that the Golden Seas had lost propulsion and was adrift in the Bering Sea north of Adak with 20 crew aboard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Scott Jackson.

DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska - Two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters from Air Station Kodiak sit in Dutch Harbor ready to launch should they be needed to respond to a rescue situation regarding the crew of the cargo vessel Golden Seas Dec. 4, 2010.

The helicopters were prestaged in Dutch Harbor Dec. 3 in response to a report the Golden Seas was disabled and adrift in the Bering Sea north of Adak with 20 crew aboard.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Scott Jackson.

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Golden Seas, Tor Viking expected to rendezvous today ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The motor vessel Tor Viking has been contracted by O'Brien's to respond from Dutch Harbor to tow the Golden Seas that is carrying a cargo of Canola seed, 450,000 gallons of crude oil, 11,700 gallons of diesel and 10,000 gallons of lube oil on board to safety.  The Coast Guard received notification at 4 a.m. Friday that the Golden Seas experienced main engine failure and drifting to the southeast at about 2 mph.  Photo courtesy H. de Viser, tugspotters.com. 370899.png

Editors note: The Emergency Towing System graphic is from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation ETS Procedures Manual & Appendix A - January 2009: V002 and can be viewed at http://dec.alaska.gov/spar/perp/aiets/home.html.

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 airdropped 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.

A unified command website has been established at
http://www.dec.state.ak.us/spar/perp/response/sum_fy11/101203201/101203201_index.htm.

Coast Guard responds to disabled cargo ship off Adak Island

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 aircrew arrived and made contact with the vessel captain.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

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 aircrew arrived and made contact with the vessel captain.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaskal - An emergency vessel towing system is strapped down in the rear of a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Kodiak Dec. 3, 2010.  Aircrews from Kodiak deployed in response to a report of the 738-foot tanker vessel Golden Seas adrift 70 miles northeast of Adak Island.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaskal - An emergency vessel towing system is strapped down in the rear of a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Kodiak Dec. 3, 2010.

Aircrews from Kodiak deployed in response to a report of the 738-foot tanker vessel Golden Seas adrift 70 miles northeast of Adak Island.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaska - Lt. Jon Bartel, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot from Air Station Kodiak, reviews sling load procedures for delivering an emergency vessel towing system to vessels from helicopters while transiting to Adak in a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft Dec. 3, 2010.  Coast Guard aircrews were launched from Kodiak in response to a report of the 738-foot tanker Golden Seas was adrift with 20 crew aboard 70 miles northeast of Adak.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaska - Lt. Jon Bartel, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot from Air Station Kodiak, reviews sling load procedures for delivering an emergency vessel towing system to vessels from helicopters while transiting to Adak in a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft Dec. 3, 2010.

Coast Guard aircrews were launched from Kodiak in response to a report of the 738-foot tanker Golden Seas was adrift with 20 crew aboard 70 miles northeast of Adak.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaska - Lt. Kerri Merklin, an HC-130 Hercules pilot from Air Station Kodiak prepares to punch through the cloud cover at 20,000 feet en route to check on the 738-foot tanker GOlden Seas reported adrift 70 miles northeast of Adak Island Dec. 3, 2010.  In the time it took for the Hercules to reach the vessel from Kodiak it had drifted 15 miles from the initially reported position but reported to the aircrew they had regained propulsion and were making 3.5 mph.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaska - Lt. Kerri Merklin, an HC-130 Hercules pilot from Air Station Kodiak prepares to punch through the cloud cover at 20,000 feet en route to check on the 738-foot tanker Golden Seas reported adrift 70 miles northeast of Adak Island Dec. 3, 2010.

In the time it took for the Hercules to reach the vessel from Kodiak it had drifted 15 miles from the initially reported position but reported to the aircrew they had regained propulsion and were making 3.5 mph.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

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