USCG Icebreaker Suffers Fire, Propulsion Failure

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The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) suffered fire in one of its propulsion electric motors, in the Gulf of Alaska, reports Maritime Bulletin. 

What happened?

Icebreaker USCGC HEALY (WAGB-20) suffered fire in the evening Aug 18, in one of its two propulsion electric motors, in the Gulf of Alaska. Fire broke shortly after she left Seward, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. 

Fire extinguished

Fire was extinguished in a short time. No injuries were reported. 

Ship got damaged

The ship lost her stb propulsion, and had interrupted her scheduled voyage to Arctic waters. She sailed to homeport of Seattle at a reduced speed, for repairs. 

At 0430 UTC Aug 26 she was some 500 nm west of Juan De Fuca Strait entrance, having  some problems along the way. She had to stop from time to time, moving at some 6-7 knots speed, while underway.

About the vessel

US Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC HEALY (WAGB-20), IMO 9083380, displacement 16000, commissioned 1999, complement up to 140 people including crew and scientists, home port Seattle.

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Source: Maritime Bulletin

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