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Golden Seas gains limited power, assets still responding north of Adak in Bering Sea

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The crew of the 738-foot vessel Golden Seas reported on scene weather has diminished temporarily allowing the crew to utilize limited engine capability to maneuver northeast away from land.

The waves on scene have reportedly reduced from 29 feet to 20 feet, however, the vessel Tor Viking II remains en route to the Golden Seas and is expected on scene around noon tomorrow.  The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley is also en route and is expected to arrive sometime Sunday afternoon.

Two Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and crews arrived in Dutch Harbor Friday and will continue to Adak to provide rescue capabilities if needed.

The crew of the Golden Seas 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.

The Golden Seas is carrying Canola seed from Vancouver, Canada to the United Arab Emirates.

The Tor Viking II is a 251 foot towing vessel outfitted with four engines totaling 18,300 horse power.

Update 2: Cargo vessel Golden Seas response Unified Command media brief

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A media brief will be held at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage at 4 p.m. to discuss the ongoing response to the disabled and adrift vessel Golden Seas north of Adak.

A unified command consisting of the U.S. Coast Guard, The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and O’Brien’s Response Management on behalf Allseas Marine was established at 12 p.m. Friday to coordinate the ongoing response.

The motor vessel Tor Viking has been contracted by O’Brien’s to respond from Dutch Harbor to tow the Golden Seas to safety.

The Golden Seas is carrying a cargo of Canola seed from Vancouver, Canada to the United Arab Emirates. The vessel also has more than 450,000 gallons of crude oil, 11,700 gallons of diesel and 10,000 gallons of lube oil on board.

CORRECTION: Imagery Available: Coast Guard responds to disabled cargo ship off Adak Island

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CORRECTION: The Golden Seas is transporting a cargo of Canola seed, not Canola oil.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard Cutters Alex Haley and Spar and two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crews are responding to assist a disabled and drifting 738-foot freighter with 20 crewmembers on board about 70 miles north of Adak on Friday.

The Golden Seas, a Liberian-flagged vessel, is reportedly carrying canola seed, diesel fuel and fuel oil.

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.

There is a gale warning in the area through Saturday with weather predicted to be winds northwest at 50 mph and 29-foot seas.

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