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M/V Cougar Ace

The M/V Cougar Ace has been adrift since approximately 1:00 AM, July 24, 2006, when the ship attempted to adjust ballast and heeled over onto its port side. The vessels status was reported to ADEC 8:00 AM, July 24, 2006 by USCG.
July 24, 2006
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A small sheen of what appeared to be lubricating oil was stopped from the vessel’s bow thruster area on August 2, 2006. The vessel is carrying a reported 142,184 gallons of Intermediate Fuel Oil (IFO) 380 and 34,182 gallons of Marine Diesel Oil (MDO) as estimated by the PRP. Former estimates did not account for fuel remaining in tanks prior to bunkering. The vessel is reported to be carrying approximately 4,813 vehicles as cargo. An undetermined amount of lubricant and transmission fluids spilled from the vehicles onto the cargo decks while the vessel was heeled over.
The cause of the sheen from the bow thruster area has not been determined.

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Incident Description

On July 23, the M/V Cougar Ace, a 654-foot car carrier homeported in Singapore, contacted the US Coast Guard and reported that their vessel was listing at 80 degrees and taking on water. The Alaska Air National Guard and Coast Guard aircraft crews rescued the 23 crewmembers on July 24. 


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Photos of the Cougar Ace and salvage operations, 7/26 - 7/30

Photos of the Cougar Ace in Wide Bay - August 8, 2006

Photos of the Cougar Ace in Wide Bay - Augusts 10, 2006

Photos of the Cougar Ace in Wide Bay, 8/12-8/13

Photos taken 8/14-8/15

Cougar Ace departs Unalaska - September 1, 2006

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