Disabled Tankship 'Pine Galaxy' Arrives San Francisco

By George Backwell
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Pine Galaxy: File photo

According to the US Coast Guard, the disabled mixed-products tanker 'Pine Galaxy' has arrived in San Francisco for repairs.

Commercial tugs towed the ship safety into the Port of San Francisco with an escort by the Coast Guard Cutter Pike and the crew of a Coast Guard Station San Francisco 45-foot Response Boat — Medium. The Pine Galaxy will undergo repairs and inspection at a shipyard in San Francisco.

There are no reports of damage to the ship’s cargo tanks, fuel tanks or hull. The Coast Guard, along with several federal, state and local partners formed a safety team with the ship’s owners to coordinate the safe arrival of the ship.

“This case is a noteworthy example of the Coast Guard and other partner agencies working closely with the ship’s owner to coordinate and ensure the safe arrival of the ship to port for repairs,” said Capt. Gregory Stump, commander, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco.

Background
Earlier this month the ship experienced a fire in the machinery shop, located in the engine room,  while on passage from Los Angeles to South Korea. It resulted in the death of one crew-member and left the ship without power or propulsion.

There are no reports of damage to the ship’s cargo tanks, fuel tanks or hull. The Coast Guard, along with several federal, state and local partners formed a safety team with the ship’s owners to coordinate the safe arrival of the ship.
 


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