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SHIP NAME: Kenai KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
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On January 6, 2003, the M/V KENAI suffered a momentary loss of steering while inbound SF Bay. A 2692 was received from Alaska Tanker Company that stated: "While in the process of boarding the pilot at the inbound shipping channel, San Francisco, CA, the M/V KENAI experienced a momentary loss of steering. The rudder did not return to midship when the helm was placed amidship. The system switched to port steering unit and performed satisfactorily. After boarding the pilot at speed of 3-5 knots, steering system switched back to starboard and tested satisfactorily. Vessel preceded to Richmond, CA with no other incidents. "Upon arrival at Richmond, CA, Northrop Gurmman service engineer attended the vessel on 1/6/03, 1/7/03, and 1/8/03. Engineers replaced 2-function barrel switches in the pilot house and tested the entire system with all systems in working order. The system test was conducted in the presence of ABS Inspector X.X. XXXXX." No follow-up investigation was conducted.


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Despite technicians on-board for three days and ABS OK, this fix was ineffective. Practically same thing happened again, four months later. See 20030508_001. In bioth cases, nobody was able to determine what was really wrong.