Chemical tanker adrift off US west coast after engine room fire

18 August 2014 23:17 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A chemical tanker carrying petroleum additives is disabled and adrift off the coast of Oregon after a fire in its engine room, the US Coast Guard said on Monday.

The fire occurred late last week and took the life of one of the ship’s 22 crewmembers on Wednesday. The 485-foot (148-metre) Bahamian-flagged tanker has been without propulsion since the fire.

The tanker, which departed Los Angeles on 9 August bound for South Korea, is carrying propylene tetramer and olefin mixtures, the US Coast Guard said.

A commercial tug boat is scheduled to arrive late on Monday at the tanker’s position, about 700 miles (1,100 km) west of Cape Blanco, Oregon.  

By Jessie Waldheim