Coast Guard assists tanker 210 miles off Nantucket
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Coast Guard assists tanker 210 miles off Nantucket

Coast Guard assists tanker 210 miles off Nantucket

15 July 2017 - 12:00 - Update: 16 July 2017 - 23:34


The Coast Guard is assisting a disabled 356-foot asphalt tanker 210 miles off the coast of Nantucket after it reportedly lost power. The Netherlands Coast Guard called watchstanders at the First Coast Guard District at about 5:30 p.m., Thursday, and reported the Marshall Island-flagged tanker Asphalt Sailor was disabled with a crew of 17 aboard. The 154-foot Coast Guard Cutter Rollin Fritch, homeported in Cape May, New Jersey and patrolling offshore, was the first asset to arrive on scene at about 5 a.m. Friday. Assessing the situation, they reported the Asphalt Sailor crew was in no immediate danger, and worked to determine the cause of the power outage. The 270- foot Coast Guard Cutter Legare, homported in Portsmouth, Virginia and patrolling off the coast of New England, was scheduled to take over for the Rollin Fritch at about 4:30 p.m. The parent company of Asphalt Sailor is working to dispatch a tug from New York City to meet with the vessel and tow it back to port. The vessel is not carrying cargo and no injuries were reported.     

Source: VesselTracker.Com
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