Maersk containership towed to safety after losing power off Alaska

Maersk containership towed to safety after losing power off Alaska

A Maersk containership that lost power was in danger of running aground on an Alaskan island before three tugs successfully towed the vessel to safety.

The 2001-built 4,258 teu  Laura Maersk became disabled while about seven miles north of Akutan Island in the Aleutian chain.

United States Coast Guard (USCG) coordinated the operation whereby three tugs rescued the ship and brought it under tow to Broad Bay, Unalaska in the Aleutians.

No spillage or injuries were reported. An investigation was under way to find the cause of the power loss.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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