Tug crew relieves Coast Guard of stranded freighter tow job

Posted: Sunday, January 21, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A private tug boat has taken over the job of towing a freighter stranded in the Bering Sea to Dutch Harbor.

Coast Guard officials said the 4,000 shaft-horsepower James Dunlap of Dutch Harbor reached the freighter Alam Selaras on Friday morning and took over the tow job from the cutter Alex Haley.

The Alex Haley took the 593-foot bulk carrier loaded with grain in tow Wednesday afternoon. The Malaysian-flagged ship was en route from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Japan when its main engine quit Tuesday about 125 miles north of Dutch Harbor.

Coast Guard officials said the ships should arrive in Dutch Harbor on Sunday if the current weather holds.

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