Division of Spill Prevention and Response


Photos and Video
All video courtesy of the USCG.
12/03/2010 12/04/2010 12/05/2010
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew locates and makes contact with the crew of the 738-foot Liberian-flagged cargo vessel Golden Seas traveling about 3 mph in 20 foot seas and 46 mph winds 50 miles north of Adak Island Dec. 3, 2010. The Hercules crew also dropped a self locating data marker buoy to collect set, drift, current and temperature information. The Tor Viking II is navigating through the Bering Sea en route to tow the motor vessel Golden Seas which is about 47 miles north of Atka Island to Dutch Harbor Dec. 4, 2010. Coast Guard assets were deployed and diverted to respond to a report by the crew of the Golden Seas who reported an engine turbo-charge failure to the Coast Guard at 4 a.m. Friday limiting power and steerage about 70 miles north of Adak and drifting southeast toward Atka Island. The tug Tor Viking II tows the 738-foot cargo vessel Golden Seas to Dutch Harbor with the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley escorting 50 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor in the Pacific Ocean Dec. 5, 2010. The cargo vessel suffered a turbo-charger failure Dec. 3 limiting its power and steerage and prompting the Coast Guard to deploy and divert assets to respond in the event of an emergency.

Photo Date: 12/5/2010. click thumbnail for larger view
Golden Seas under tow by the Tor Viking II Portside view of the Golden Seas View from Bridge of tug Tor Viking II Golden Seas under tow
Golden Seas under tow by the Tor Viking II Portside view of the Golden Seas View from Bridge of tug Tor Viking II Golden Seas under tow
Incident Description

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.


Incident Update

NOTE: The following information is provisional and subject to change as more information becomes available.

Update for December 14
The Golden Seas departed Unalaska Bay at 9:45 AM on December 13, bound for the United Arab Emirates (its original destination).

Repairs to the vessel’s turbocharger were completed on December 12 and approved by the Coast Guard.  Sea trials were conducted on December 13 and the Golden Seas subsequently departed Dutch Harbor at 9:45 AM that morning.

The ADEC emergency towing package used during this incident is being cleaned and inspected by a contractor in Dutch Harbor.  Based on results of the inspection, components will be replaced or retained, and the package will be re-staged at Dutch Harbor for future use.  The additional emergency towing system deployed to Adak has been returned to Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak.

View the latest ADEC Situation Report for more details and photos: 12/14/2010

View Previous Situation Updates

M/V Golden Seas
The 738-foot cargo vessel Golden Seas makes 3.5 mph through 20-foot seas 50 miles north of Adak Island Dec. 3, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.
Situation Reports
12/14/2010 1000 (PDF 36K) -- FINAL
12/08/2010 1300 (PDF 32K)
12/07/2010 1300 (PDF 152K)
12/06/2010 1300 (PDF 175K)
12/05/2010 1300 (PDF 191K)
12/04/2010 2000 (PDF 186K)
12/04/2010 0800 (PDF 68K)
12/03/2010 (PDF 35K)
Incident Action Plans
0600 04 DEC 2010 to 1800 04 DEC 2010 (PDF 1.03 MB)
1800 04 DEC 2010 to 1800 05 DEC 2010 (PDF 961K)
Other Documents
Potential Places of Refuge Decision (PDF 513K)
Vessel Routing to Dutch Harbor (PDF 197K)
Vessel Location as of 12/05/2010 0630 (PDF 402K)
Vessel Location as of 12/04/2010 1530 (PDF 59K)
Overview (JPG 40K)
Map--Overview 2 (JPG 622K courtesy of GOOGLE)
Map (JPG 516K courtesy of GOOGLE)
Tor Viking
Above: The crew of the tug Tor Viking II is observed by an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules crew moving at 12 mph through 20 foot seas and 46 mph winds 48 miles from the 738-foot cargo vessel Golden Seas in the Bering Sea Dec. 4, 2010. Photo courtesy of the USCG
Emergency Towing System
Emergency Towing Fact Sheet (PDF 1.17 MB)
Emergency Towing System -- additional information

Photos from the Aleutian Islands Emergency Towing System (ETS) Deployment Exercise, July 2007, Unalaska


M/V Tor Viking II

Tor Viking

Right: File photo of the Tor Viking II, which is carrying the Emergency Towing System. More information about the Tor Viking at the owner's website, Viking Supply Ships.
Properties of Oil
Intermediate Fuel Oil (IFO 380). (Material Safety Data Sheet)
Marine Diesel. (Material Safety Data Sheet)
Resources at Risk
Prevention Preparedness and Response Subarea Plan Maps for the Aleutians Subarea
Aleutian Islands West - Seabird Populations
Coastal Resource Inventory Maps
  Aleutians West - ESI Map 5
  Aleutians West - ESI Map 6
Response Plans, Permits and Related Documents
National Contingency Plan
Alaska Federal and State Preparedness Plan for Response to Oil and Hazardous Substance Discharges and Releases
Aleutians Subarea Contingency Plan for Oil and Hazardous Substance Discharges/Releases
Alaska Incident Management System (AIMS) Guide
Alaska Wildlife Protection Guidelines (PDF)
Technical Information
Historic Oil Spills
  Photos from the M/V Kuroshima grounding in Summer Bay near Dutch Harbor, 11/26/1997
  M/V Selendang Ayu grounding, 12/7/2004
  List of Major Oil Spills in Coastal Waters of Alaska


  Vessel Traffic in the Aleutians Subarea: Updated Report to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (September 20, 2006). (PDF 2.8 MB)
  Aleutian Island Risk Assessment
Weather and Tides
Adak Public Forecast (Central Aleutians including Atka and Adak)
Marine Forecast
  Western Aleutians, Adak to Kiska
  Eastern Aleutians, Nikolski to Adak
NOAA Weather Bouy Data
  Station ADKA2 - 9461380 - Adak Island, AK
  Station ATKA2 - 9461710 - Atka, AK
Unified Command Press Releases and Contacts
12/03/2010 -- Golden Seas gains limited power, assets still responding (PDF 36K)