Peninsula: Ship towed into PA after engines fail

A Seattle-bound container ship was towed into Port Angeles Harbor on Sunday night after having engine problems off Pillar Point, 22 miles east of Clallam Bay.

The Chilean-flagged container vessel Andino reported turbo-charger problems on its main engine about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Lt. Damien Kuczma said from the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Office in Seattle.

The captain shut down the main engine and didn’t know if it could be restarted, Kuczma said.

The vessel still was traveling at about eight knots but the Coast Guard dispatched the resue tugboat Barbara Foss from Neah Bay, he said.

“Our main concern is keeping it off the beach,” Kuczma said.

The Barbara Foss was enroute when the captain called back to say the other engines had died and the vessel was adrift in the traffic lanes, he said.

The direction and speed of the vessel’s drift and its distance from shore lessened the possibility of grounding, Kuczma said.

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