Container ship repaired, under way

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- An electrical fire caused a container ship carrying goods bound for Anchorage to drift without power for several hours on Monday, the Coast Guard said.

Crew members aboard the 670-foot CSX Expedition, which had left from Tacoma on Friday night, managed to repair the damage and the ship was back under way Monday afternoon, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

The fire broke out Sunday evening and damaged parts of the main switchboard that sends power to the ship's engines, said Eric Britten, a spokesman for CSX Lines of Alaska. The ship was about 180 miles southwest of Sitka.

None of the cargo, which included refrigerated goods, was damaged in the fire and none of the 27 crew members aboard suffered any injuries.

The company will have a tugboat escort the ship to Anchorage in case it loses power again, Britten said.

The ship is now scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Wednesday, which is one day late.

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