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500-Foot Ship Loses Power Off Of Columbia River Bar

A Hong Kong flagged bulk carrier, LUZON STRAIT, lost engine and generator power outside the entrance to the Columbia River Bar on Thursday. The Columbia River Bar pilot on board the ship was able to safely anchor the vessel outside the shipping channel. The cause of the loss of power was unknown, but the vessel was able to troubleshoot the problem and regain power. A marine inspector has been dispatched to investigate the cause of the mechanical problem and conduct sea trials before determining whether or not the vessel can safely continue to its intended port of call in Portland, Oregon.