On December 5, 2003, at approximately 1516 (local time)
the M/V ASPHALT COMMANDER was inbound on the Savannah River near
buoy #24 when the engines briefly declutched.
Propulsion was restored within minutes.
The cause of the declutching was the
failure of a relay circuit card
in way of the vessel's automation control system.
The chief engineer bypassed the control
system and manually reclutched the engines.
A spare circuit card was installed
and the system back in operation. Case
closed. /S/ SIO, SAVMS