February 11, 2008
LNG tanker adrift off Cape Cod
The 138,000 cu.m LNG tanker Catalunya Spirit, carrying a full load of LNG from Trinidad and Tobago to Boston, lost propulsion and became disabled about 3 a.m. this morning.
The Coast Guard has been monitoring and assisting the ship which it reported adrift with 29 people aboard approximately 35 miles east of Chatham, Mass., today.
The vessel is not in immediate danger and is drifting away from Cape Cod.
Owned by Poisedon Gas and operated by Teekay Corporation, the Spanish-flag vessel was delivered by Izar in 2003. It is powered by a 37,520 bhp Kawasaki steam turbine.
The tanker crew is making hourly situation reports to Sector Boston. Additionally, Air Station Cape Cod is planning to deliver a Coast Guard marine inspector and a technical representative to the Catalunya Spirit today.
The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba is on scene with the tanker to assist with communication.
Teekay Corporation, the company that operates Catalunya Spirit, has contracted two tug boats to assist. The tugs are expected to arrive on scene with the Catalunya Spirit at 11:30 p.m. A second Coast Guard marine inspector is aboard one of the tugs.
Current weather is 30-35 knot winds with 12 foot seas and is forecast to diminish overnight.
"As part of our response plan, we've notified our National Strike Team, and we're coordinating salvage and pollution response assets," said Capt. Gail Kulisch, Captain of the port of Boston. "A very comprehensive safety system has been developed by the Coast Guard in conjunction with port partners and the shipping company to minimize the risk to the marine environment and public safety."