Tug with fuel barge loses power in Strait, luckily no problems – PDN

While this is about BP indirectly, it’s really about another near miss in the Strait, with the rescue tug assisting. Luckily it was clear, pretty flat weather.

Tug-barge loses power in Strait; vessel in Port Angeles Harbor for inspection
By Tom Callis -Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A tug pushing a barge full of BP fuel arrived in Port Angeles Harbor for inspection Wednesday evening after temporarily losing power in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The 170-foot articulated tug-barge Commitment lost power shortly before  1 p.m. Wednesday about 19 miles northwest of Port Angeles.

The barge contained  8 million gallons of diesel and jet fuel. It was being pushed by the tug component to Portland, Ore., from BP’s Cherry Point refinery, said Curt Hart, state Department of Ecology spokesman.

In such vessels, called ATBs, the tug and barge operate together.

It contained more than 100,000 gallons of fuel.

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