Coast Guard unable to fix stranded ship's engines

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

CAPE BLANCO, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard experts have been unable to restart the engines of a chemical tanker after a deadly fire left it adrift 700 miles off the Oregon coast.

Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener said Saturday that damage from an engine-room fire was too severe to restore the vessel's on-board systems. One crew member was killed after a fire on Wednesday left the vessel unable to move.

Degener says a tug is expected to arrive Monday to tow the 485-foot Bahamian-flagged vessel to a U.S. port. The Coast Guard cutter Stratton left communications equipment with the crew of the stranded tanker and planned to leave the scene Saturday.

Degener says there were no signs that the ship's cargo of propylene tetramer, a petroleum additive, was leaking.