On the evening of 30 January, 2003 the M/ V LION
a chemical tanker VIN 8308630, 26113GT, Liberia flagged suffered a loss of propulsion.
The vessel was east bound in the Chesapeake and Delaware canal.
Approximately 17:35 the engine room had a low pressure alarm for the auxiliary
cooling salt water system.
Then at approximately 17:36 the vessel lost propulsion
also suffering a blackout with a loss of electrical power.
The pilot ordered both the port and stbd anchors to be set.
Anchors were set, soundings were taking throughout the vessel, all sat.
The emergency generator started and came on line carrying the load for emergency equipment.
Approximately 17:38 the chief engineer shifted over
the salt water sea suction cooling from the auxiliary sea chest
to the main salt water sea chest suction. Strainers for the auxiliary salt
water cooling lines were severely packed with slush ice.
This restricted the flow of cooling water to the engineering plant.
The strainers were cleaned and the plant placed back in ready status.
At approximately 18:50 all machinery were made ready.
The pilot decided not to use the engine till slack water starts,
and tugs are available for assistance.
At approximately 21:48 vessel weigh anchors and vessel resumed