Sea Story – ‘Tor Viking II’ Rescues Disabled Cargo Ship ‘Golden Seas’ from Bering Sea

On December 3, 2010, the 738-foot long MV Golden Seas, carrying a cargo of Canola seed and with an estimated 450,000 gallons of intermediate fuel oil, 11,700 gallons of diesel, and 10,000 gallons of lube oil on board, became disabled in the Bering Sea while underway from Vancouver, Canada to the United Arab Emirates.

With seas upwards to 20-feet, the AHTS Tor Viking II was sent to rescue the bulk carrier and tow it to safety back in Dutch Harbor. To get to the carrier in time, the crew of the 18,000 horsepower Tor Viking II, equipped with four Mak M32 6 cylinder engines, had to push limits the ship’s equipment (and themselves) to the max.

Above is the story of the rescue as told by the then-Chief Officer of Tor Viking II, Captain Daniel Arnesson..

INCIDENT PHOTOS:

KODIAK, Alaska - The crew of the tug Tor Viking II is observed by an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules crew making 12 mph through 20 foot waves and 46 mph winds 48 miles from the 738-foot cargo vessel Golden Seas in the Bering Sea Dec. 4, 2010. The tug in en route to take the cargo vessel in tow to Dutch Harbor. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.
The tug Tor Viking II races to disabled 738-foot cargo vessel Golden Seas in the Bering Sea December 4, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard Photo
Tor Viking II rendezvous with the Golden Ocean approximately  40 miles north of Atka Island
Tor Viking II rendezvous with the Golden Seas at about 4:30 p.m., Dec. 4, 2012, approximately 40 miles north of Atka Island, AK. U.S. Coast Guard Photo
U.S. Coast Guard Photo
U.S. Coast Guard Photo
U.S. Coast Guard Photo
At about 8:30 p.m. on December 4, the crew of the Tor Viking II was able to establish the tow line and began towing the Golden Seas to Dutch Harbor. U.S. Coast Guard Photo
At about 8:30 p.m. on December 4, the crew of the Tor Viking II was able to establish the tow line and began towing the vessel to Dutch Harbor. U.S. Coast Guard Photo
U.S. Coast Guard Photo
The bulk carrier Golden Seas is towed into anchoring position in Broad Bay near Dutch Harbor by the tug Tor Viking II Dec. 7, 2010.The Tor Viking II rendezvoused with the Golden Seas and was able tow the ship more than 500 miles along the Aleutian Islands to safe harbor near Dutch Harbor.U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Kodiak
The bulk carrier Golden Seas is towed into anchoring position in Broad Bay, near Dutch Harbor, Dec. 7, 2010, following a more than 500 mile tow along the Aleutian Islands. U.S. Coast Guard Photo