The 44 meter long, 608 gt tugboat Viking suffered a fire off Block Island, Rhode Island. The fire started in the vessel’s engine room, but was quickly extinguished by the vessel’s on board fire-fighting system. No reports of injuries to the 10 crew on board. The fire disabled the Viking who notified authorities. The Coast Guard dispatched multiple craft to the scene. The owner of the Viking also dispatched several tugs to provide assistance. The crew of the Viking were able to restart the tug’s engines a short time later and was escorted by another tug to Buzzards Bay. No reports of pollution released. Reports state the Viking had suffered a fire on May 30, 2014 while berthed in Richmond Terrace, New York.
The 80-foot fishing vessel Meridian was in distress twice within two weeks. On February 21, 2011 the Meridian contacted the Coast Guard for assistance while off the coast of Rockland, Maine. The Meridian reported that it had lost power and the vessel’s generator was broken. The 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Seneca took the Meridian under tow and safely reached Boston on February 22.
Less than a week later on February 27, the Meridian sent out a distress call while off Cape Ann, Massachusetts Bay stating the vessel was in distress. The Coast Guard sent out a request to see if any vessels were in the vicinity of the Meridian and could assist if possible. The 133 foot long, 158 gt tug Viking responded and headed towards the Meridian. The weather conditions were severe with 25-30 knot winds and 8 to 12 foot waves. The Viking’s crew was able to get a towline over the fishing vessel using a line throwing gun. The Viking then towed the vessel towards Gloucester until the Meridian could be transferred to the Coast Guard. The Viking is owned by the K-Sea Transportation.