Washington State Department of Ecology - July 3, 2013

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Ecology and U.S. Coast Guard monitoring Grand Quest cargo ship without steering near Port Angeles

SPOKANE – The state Department of Ecology and the U.S. Coast Guard are monitoring the Grand Quest cargo ship approximately six miles offshore of Port Angeles.

Ecology received a report from the Washington Emergency Management Division that the Grand Quest lost steering just after 12:15 a.m.

Ecology and the U.S. Coast Guard are monitoring the situation as a tug boat tows the cargo ship to anchor in Port Angeles.

Currently, there is no threat to human health and safety or the environment.

More information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

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Media Contact:

Brook Beeler, Department of Ecology media relations; 509-290-0855

Petty Officer Baldwin, U.S. Coast Guard media relations; 206-251-3237

For more information:

Ecology Spills Program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/spills.html)

Ecology’s social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)