A container ship that lost power near the Aleutian Islands was safely towed from the scene by tugboats early Saturday, following concerns that it might run aground near Akutan.
U.S. Coast Guard Operations Specialist First Class Wesley Shipley said two tugs were able to take the Laura Maersk under tow early Saturday. The vessel was taken to Dutch Harbor.
“There are no injuries and no pollution from this incident,” Shipley said.
The Laura Maersk, with a crew of 24, had roughly 51,500 gallons of fuel oil plus a cargo of shipping containers aboard at the time, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation. DEC officials initially said the Maersk had suffered an engine fire, but noted in an update Saturday night that no sign of a fire was found.
The Maersk had been reported adrift north of Akutan Island as of about 8 p.m. Friday, DEC officials said. By 12:30 a.m. Saturday, it was about 7 miles from the island and about four hours away from grounding.
Three tugs, including two launched from Dutch Harbor, responded to the Laura Maersk overnight Friday. The Coast Guard cutter Midgett also headed to the scene.