Thursday 5/27/10 4:45 pl
M/V Luzon Spirit [sic] tested the repairs
to their engine and the test was satisfactory.
A USCG inspector boarded the vessel
and verified repairs were adequate
and the vessel was allowed to go to the Astoria anchorage.
Additional checks will be made at the anchorage and once approved
by the USCG, the ship will continue to Longview.
Thursday, 5/27/10 9:50 am
Early this morning, the bulk carrier M/V Luzon Strait picked up
a bar pilot and began entering the Columbia River en route to
the Longview Anchorage. The ship was empty of cargo and has
approximately 130,000 gallons of fuel oil onboard.
At approximately 0430, the vessel lost their main engine and
generators. The ship dropped their anchor and were 2.7 nm off
the entrance to the river, 1000 feet north of the channel for 5
hours. They are now headed off shore to test the repairs to the
main engine and a USCG inspector will be boarding the vessel to
verify the repairs before it enters the Columbia River.