Washington State Department of Ecology - July 3, 2013

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Ship that lost steering escorted to safe anchor

PORT ANGELES – The cargo ship Grand Quest that lost steering approximately six miles northwest of Port Angeles just after midnight today has been escorted to safe anchor in Port Angeles Harbor.

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

The 570-foot cargo ship is anchored in the middle of the harbor, east of the ferry route. Vessel owners hired the tugboat Brian S to guide the vessel to a safe spot about 3 a.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard has directed the vessel owners to have the cargo ship inspected by a qualified third party, identify the cause of the steering problem and make repairs. It must receive clearance from the Coast Guard to continue on its voyage to Tacoma.

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Media Contact:

Linda Kent, Ecology media relations, (360) 791-9830, linda.kent@ecy.wa.gov

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

For more information:

Initial News Release (www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2013/172.html)

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

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