A 55,848dwt bulk carrier had to be towed into New York harbour after she became disabled while more than 100 miles out into the North Atlantic on Aug 21.
At around 2100, the New York Sector of the US Coast Guard (USCG) received a report that the 611ft long Panama-flagged GDF Suez North Sea, of Santoku Senpaku Co, of Japan, with a crew of 21 and carrying a cargo of cement, had become disabled and her crew were trying fix the propulsion.
By the evening of Aug 23, the crew had been unable to carry out any repairs so the USCG began organising a salvage operation. The next day, a USCG HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft, from the Cape Cod Air Station, arrived on the scene at about 1045 to assessed the situation.
The USCG said: “The ship’s owners dispatched the tug Atlantic Salvor, 852gt, from New York to rendezvous with the ship more than 100 miles offshore and take her under tow, The tug began towing operations towards New York at around 1230 on Aug 24 and we closely monitored the ship’s transit through busy offshore shipping lanes,
“On arrival in the Ambrose Channel, we directed the use of at least three tugs to tow her into New York harbour and to her berth in Newark.”.