At 8:05 AM on December 3, 2010, the US Coast Guard (USCG) reported to the Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) that the vessel M/V Golden Seas was adrift north of Adak Island. The crew of the vessel reported the loss of power to the USCG at 12:15 AM on December 3, 2010.
No spill has occurred. The Golden Seas is a 738-feet-long Liberian-registered Panamax bulk carrier with 20 crew members aboard. The USCG reports that the vessel's cargo is rapeseed (used to make canola oil) and that it may have up to 451,561 gallons of IFO 380, 11,780 gallons of diesel fuel, and 10,000 gallons of lube oil on board. (NOTE: These volumes are provisional and unconfirmed at this time.)
The crew reported that the turbocharger on the ship’s single propulsion engine failed and was not reparable at sea. Without the turbocharger, the ship’s engine was not able to turn propeller with sufficient power to hold vessel in position or make headway in the severe weather it faced.