By Jim Sachet, Spills Response Manager, Southwest Regional Office
The M/V Edfu arrived safely in Tacoma shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday. The Edfu lost both of its anchors during a maneuver on the Columbia Bar on Thursday evening. Because sailing with no anchors is dangerous and the recent history of this vessel, the U.S. Coast Guard required that it be escorted by tug boats from Astoria through the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Tacoma.
While in Tacoma, the vessel will be inspected by marine engineers, the 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 U.S. waters.
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