Power restored on ship adrift near Columbia River



ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says power has been restored on a 648-foot car container ship that was drifting without power off the Oregon coast southwest of the Columbia River mouth.

The Coast Guard says the Singapore-flagged Morning Spruce reported late Sunday morning the engine lost power about 12 miles from the river’s entrance.

Coast Guard officials say the vessel engineer restored power about 3:30 p.m. and the ship will be escorted to the river by a tug.

Petty Officer Nate Littlejohn says a second tug will join the two vessels upriver and the three vessels will proceed to Portland, Ore. The Coast Guard will inspect the Morning Spruce there.

Littlejohn says no fuel has been spilled. The Morning Spruce is carrying 543,000 gallons of fuel and a full shipment of cars.