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Container Ship Drifting in Heavy Weather off Point Reyes, CA

off Point Reyes, CA | 2022-Apr-08

Initial Notification: At 1900 hrs on 08-APR-2022, USCG District 11 staff alerted their NOAA SSC of a drifting 560’ (172 m) container ship roughly 8 miles off Point Reyes. She was experiencing engine troubles and the anchor was dragging under heavy weather conditions from the NW. Three tugs are en route and a second anchor was deployed, which slowed drift to <1 knot. Even so, she continues to drift towards the Point Reyes National Seashore and is reportedly carrying roughly 39,000 gallons of fuel.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Products of concern:Low sulfur diesel
Total amount at risk of spill: 39000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 38° 3.63′ North
Longitude (approximate): 123° 7.67′ West