32,289 dwt , 575ft. double-hulled M/V Seabulk Pride (built 1998 at Newport News),
with 116,225 barrels of oil product, or 4.9 million gallons --
hit by ice floe in Cook Inlet Feb. 2 -- Nikiski on Kenai Peninsula
when she broke free and ran aground about a half-mile away.
Vessel appeared to have escaped major damage to its hull and propulsion system,
and by dark it had steamed south down Cook Inlet
under its own power to ice-free Kachemak Bay,
where it was to anchor for a thorough inspection by divers.
Bulk M/V Seabulk Pride arrived safely in Kachemak Bay 5:30 p.m., Feb. 3 --
anchored and inspection work continues with a team of divers.
Response vessels M/V Seabulk Nevada and M/V Resolution are standing by
with response equipment, including skimmers, boom and storage capacity.
The barges 141 and Responder are in Seldovia Bay and available if needed.
Tug M/V Sea Voyager also standing by.
601-foot M/T Seabulk Pride due in with escort to Port Angeles Harbor, Washington state.
The double-hulled tanker will then sail to a dry dock in Victoria
for repairs to two small cracks in its outer hull.
While being loaded on Feb. 2 on the Kenai Peninsula,
M/T Seabulk Pride was struck by an ice floe that knocked it from its moorings --
drifted onto a nearby beach and became grounded.
Subsequent investigation, with the help of divers,
found that a water ballast tank in its outer hull had two small 5-to-7 inch cracks,
which were temporarily repaired with a cement patch restoring vessel's seaworthiness.
Ship lost an anchor and incurred other topside damage.