Tugs owned by US owners, including Foss Maritime and Baydelta Maritime, towed stricken container ship NYK Delphinus into the Port of Oakland on 18 May
Tugboats Patricia Ann, Revolution, Independence, Jamie Ann and Delta Lindsay completed the Unified Command NOAA-approved tow of NYK Delphinus to the port’s berth 22 following inspections by a marine chemist and structural engineer which determined the ship to be seaworthy.
Resolve Marine and the US Coast Guard had rapidly mobilised vessels to tackle a large fire on the container ship on 14 May. With assistance from tugboats using their FiFi1-classed fire-fighting systems, crew on NYK Delphinus extinguished the fire in the engineroom.
Fire-fighting teams boarded NYK Delphinus on the evening of 16 May and verified the engineroom fire was extinguished and continued hourly rounds to monitor temperatures. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Resolve Marine and the US Coast Guard scrambled vessels to tackle a large fire on container ship NYK Delphinus on 14 May, 80 km off the coast of Monterey. They formed a Unified Command with the state of California to respond to the fire, which was reported by the crew when the ship was 129 km southwest of Big Sur.
Resolve Marine contracted five tugboats to assist, with Baydelta’s 2017-built Delta Deanna and 2010-built Delta Lindsey joining Foss’ 2020-built Jamie Ann and Sarah Averick to spray water on NYK Delphinus’ hull to provide additional cooling measures. A fifth tugboat, Scorpio, was mobilised with a salvage master and additional fire-fighting capabilities to the damaged ship.
Crew on the 2007-built container ship tackled the fire in the engineroom and reported a steady decline in temperature on 15 May. On 16 May, there was no sign of smoke and all decks above the engineroom were accessible and fully ventilated.
United Command said the smoke was no longer visible and the container ship crew reported the fire was contained. There are no reported injuries, nor marine pollution and all crew were reported safe and accounted for.
Salvors’ main plan was to determine NYK Delphinus’ structural integrity before towing it to the Port of Oakland for further inspection and to unload the cargo.
On 16 May, Delta Deanna, Delta Lindsey, Jamie Ann and Sarah Averick towed and escorted NYK Delphinus to an offshore location west of Point Reyes. Upon arrival, additional fire and salvage teams plan to conduct structural integrity inspections and examine damage to the engineroom. Once the inspection is completed, tugs will transfer the vessel to Oakland Terminal berth 22.
During the initial rescue operations, USCG launched its Cutter Sockeye to assess the situation and mobilised two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and a C-27 Spartan from its air stations in San Francisco and Sacramento.
On 14 May, USCG transferred a dewatering pump to the NYK Delphinus crew.
Unified Command said its priorities were the safety and well-being of the containership’s crew, controlling the fire, mitigating pollution and safe transit of the ship to the Port of Oakland.
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