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September 14, 2008

Drifting bulker survives Ike

A Cyprus-flagged bulker with a history of port state deficiencies and detentions weathered the worst conditions of Hurricane Ike after weather conditions had thwarted an attempt to rescue the crew after the ship lost propulsive power.

The Coast Guard confirmed at approximately 8:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, that the heaviest winds of Hurricane Ike had passed the vessel and all 22 crewmembers onboard were reported to be in good health. The vessel had drifted to a point approximately 170 miles southeast of Galveston.

On Saturday. the salvage tug Svitzer Rotterdam, was reported to be enroute to the Antalina to tow the vessel to port.

Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center maintained constant contact with the Antalina since the vessel radioed in at approximately 4:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, stating they had lost main propulsion 90 miles southeast of Galveston. At approximately 1:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, Coast Guard and Air Force helicopter crews attempted to remove the 22 crewmembers from the vessel, but were unable to do so due to dangerous 80-knot winds and heavy seas.

"We're very pleased that the crew of the Antalina was able to ride out Hurricane Ike without injury," said Chief Petty Officer Mike O'Berry, assistant public affairs officer for the Eighth Coast Guard District. "The rescue of these 22 crewmembers was one of our highest priorities, but now that we know they are safe, we can dedicate all our aircraft and resources to people along the Texas coast who may need rescuing after the Ike passes."

According to the Equasis data base, the 1984-built, BV-classed Antalina is registered to Perovo Shipping Co., Cyprus, and managed by TEO Shipping Corp., Athens, Greece.

The Coast Guard's PSIX data base shows that the vessel had three electrical system deficiencies when inspected in Houston in February--a ground in the 440 V main distribution panel, a ground in the galley range and a ground in the emergency battery distribution system. These were corrected.

However, the Equasis data base showed that the Antalina had even more problems at a Tokyo MOU port state inspection in Shentzen, China, in May this year. It was detained after the inspection revealed 28 deficiencies. SEE DETAILS


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