Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Disabled Tanker Adrift Off Cape Cod

A disabled liquefied natural gas tanker, which is disabled and drifting 35 miles east of Chatham, is being monitored by the U.S. Coast Guard. The 933-foot tanker Catalunya Spirit, which is carrying a full load of liquefied natural gas, became disabled at about 3 a.m., according to a Coast Guard written statement. The tanker was headed to Boston from Trinidad and Tobago. Crew on board the Catalunya Spirit is making hourly reports to the Coast Guard, and the Coast Guard cutter Escanaba is on the scene to assist with communication, the statement says.
Catalunya Spirit
Teekay Corp., the company that operates the tanker, has arranged for two tug boats to travel to the disabled tanker and assist at the scene, the statement says. The tugs are expected to arrive at about 11 p.m. with a marine inspector on board. The Coast Guard was expected to fly a marine inspector and technical representative to the vessel earlier today, the statement said.

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