U.S. Coast Guard tows Wan Hai vessel to San Francisco Bay after engine failure


The U.S. Coast Guard has towed a Wan Hai vessel after the boxship lost power adrift of San Francisco Bay.

The Wan Hai 176, a Singapore-flagged vessel with 21 people on board, reported a loss of engine power and being adrift to Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders 8 April afternoon local time.

The Unified Command coordinated the tow of the Wan Hai 176, a 172-metre container ship, to anchorage nine in the San Francisco Bay on 10 April evening.

Due to more favourable weather conditions, the Delta Deanna, a 34-metre tug, was able to pass tow lines to the Wan Hai 176’s crew at its anchored location approximately seven miles off the coast of Point Reyes.

Once the lines and anchors were secured, the tug began towing the Wan Hai 176 with the tugs Stacey Foss, Delta Billie, Delta Deanna and Rachel Allen escorting the ship to anchorage nine in the San Francisco Bay.

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of San Francisco has ordered the ship to remain at the anchorage until the ship’s engines have been fixed and Coast Guard personnel have conducted an inspection of the ship.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Taylor Bacon)

Once the Captain of the Port order is removed, the ship is scheduled to be escorted out of the San Francisco Bay with tugs. 

“This hazardous situation was successfully resolved through proactive collaboration, seamless communication and deliberate risk assessment provided by our local, state, federal and industry partners,” said Unified Command representatives.

The Wan Hai 176 is carrying miscellaneous material in 783 containers and has no reported hazardous materials.

There are no reports of injuries and the crew is safe.

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