MV Horizon Tacoma looses propulsion off Vancouver Island

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Friday, 10/28/11 3:00 pm 

The Horizon Tacoma is now at anchor in Port Angeles.

The Neah Bay emergency response and towing vessel Jeffrey Foss returned to its station in Neah Bay.

U.S. Coast Guard vessel inspectors are overseeing repairs to the ship. They also are investigating the cause of the propulsion and power loss.

Friday, 10/28/11 8:30 am 

The Horizon Tacoma has restarted its engine. One turbo charger is down but it is under it's own power. It is escorted by the Neah Bay emergency tug Jeffrey Foss. It is expected to arrive soon in Port Angeles, WA.

Thursday, 10/27/11 6:30 pm 

The Coast Guard and Washington Department of Ecology are monitoring a disabled container ship near Vancouver Island, Thursday.

The 678-ft. container ship Horizon Tacoma was making way toward Anchorage, Alaska, when it lost propulsion approximately 10 miles west of Vancouver Island.

Rescue Coordination Center Victoria, B.C., contacted Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound to report the Canadian tug Seaspan King will arrive at approximately 8 p.m. to tow the Horizon Tacoma into U.S. waters. The emergency response towing vessel, Jeffrey Foss, also known as the Neah Bay rescue tug, has been dispatched to provide assistance and will assume the tow and take the vessel to Tacoma.

Coast Guard vessel inspectors and investigators from Sector Puget Sound will board the Horizon Tacoma to determine the cause of the loss of propulsion.



10.28.11 7:30 a.m. - The Horizon Tacoma in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, 11 miles west of Port Angeles, north of Freshwater Bay.

Estimated time of arrival: 8:30 a.m.


Date of Incident:
October 27, 2011, 2:55 pm

10 miles west of Estevan Point on Vancouver Island, just north of Tofino, British Columbia

2,012 metric tons of heavy fuel oil and 466 metric tons of marine diesel. No spill reported at this time.

Under Investigation

Responsible Party:
Horizon Lines
Tacoma, WA


U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs

Washington Dept. of Ecology
Larry Altose