Vessel emergency near mouth of Columbia River

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Saturday, 11/13/11 1:30PM

The M/V EDFU arrived safely in Tacoma shortly after 0300 Saturday morning. The EDFU lost both of its anchors during a maneuver on the Columbia Bar on Thursday, November 10th. Because sailing with no anchors is dangerous and the recent history of this vessel, the US Coast Guard required that it be escorted by tug boats from Astoria through the Straits of Juan de Fuca to Tacoma. While in Tacoma, the vessel will be inspected by marine engineers, the US Coast Guard and the Department of Ecology to identify the cause of propulsion problems, obtain anchors, and assure that the ship may safely sail in State and US waters.

Friday, 11/11/11 9:00AM

The MV Edfu is being escorted with tugs Triton and Delta Lindsey and are northbound below Forks, still doing 11 knots and staying 30 miles offshore. They are expected to enter the Strait of Juan de Fuca by 1:00pm. They are estimated to arrive in Tacoma at 8:00 pm tonight.

No change in the weather forecast. Cold front moving through with 20-30 knot winds.

Thursday, 11/10/11 9:50AM

OLYMPIA – The Department of Ecology is coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard to escort a cargo vessel from Astoria to Port Angeles after it briefly lost propulsion Thursday evening as it was crossing the Columbia River bar. The M/V Edfu has since regained power and is heading west before it turns north up the Washington Coast.

The Coast Guard directed the tug boat Triton out of Astoria to provide the initial escort. The Triton is expected to meet the M/V Edfu about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. The privately-funded tug out of Neah Bay, as well as two additional tugs from Puget Sound, have also been dispatched to assist with the escort.

The Coast Guard is reporting that the M/V Edfu lost propulsion due to a main engine failure and is missing both required anchors. Ecology will continue to work with the Coast Guard to monitor the ship. The Edfu was built in 1997 and is sailing under the flag of Egypt.

More information about the incident will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

Ecology and the Coast Guard also responded last month when the Edfu lost propulsion near the mouth of the Columbia River on Oct. 11. In that incident, the ship was able to anchor and maintain its position. It was able to regain power and was escorted across the Columbia River bar to the Port of Astoria on Oct. 13.
















Date of Incident:
November 10, 2011

Mouth of Columbia River, border of Oregon and Washington states

Estimated at 98,000 gallons of IFO 380 on board and 2,700 gallons of diesel

Under Investigation

Responsible Party:
National Navigation Co.


WA Dept of Ecology
Dieter Bohrmann
cell: 360-701-7401


October incident with MV Edfu