BBC Colorado Loses Power off Alaska

The 12,742 dwt general cargo vessel BBC Colorado experienced severe engine issues in the Gulf of Alaska on October 5, 2016, the US Coast Guard informed. 

The master of the 2008-built BBC Colorado reported the engine casualty, which restricted their speed and maneuverability. With forecasted seas of 30-feet and winds in excess of 58 mph closing in on its location, the Colorado’s master requested the Coast Guard’s assistance.

The Coast Guard assisted with its vessel USCGC Morgenthau in the rescue and safe transit of the vessel with 12 people aboard during a multiple day operation.

Coast Guard personnel issued a marine assistance request broadcast, resulting in a positive response from the Resolve Pioneer, a seagoing tugboat based in Dutch Harbor.

The Resolve Pioneer arrived on Scene on October 8 and set up tow with the BBC Colorado under the observation of Morgenthau.

Morgenthau’s crew resumed their mission of fisheries enforcement in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea, and the Resolve Pioneer made way for Washington with the BBC Colorado in tow.

According to the data from VesselsValue, the BBC Colorado was under tow south of Kodiak Island on October 11, 2016.

The BBC Colorado is owned by Germany-based BBC Chartering, a provider of heavy lift and multipurpose shipping services.