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CARLYSS, LA (KPLC) -
An international ship is
catching the eye of boaters and fisherman just south of the Calcasieu Pointe
Boat Launch. Large ships aren't unusual for that area, but this one is
different: it's been wrecked.
The Seagate is a ship from London, now docked in the old Bollinger ship
yard. But why is it here, and what happened to it?
"What we know about this vessel is that
it was involved in a collision off the coast of Haiti," said Marine Safety Unit
Lake Charles Commander Will E. Watson. "About 16 nautical miles northeast of
The ship wreck happened on March 10. A
Reefer vessel carrying refrigerated goods struck the bulk carrier Seagate just before dawn.
"The Timor Stream, which is the refrigerated vessel, struck the freight
ship Seagate and damaged the starboard
side of the vessel, which is the right side, extensively," said Commander
Watson. "So much so, that the owners decided to take the vessel out of
Water rushed in, and the Seagate's engine room flooded. Some had
to be rescued, but all 21 crew members survived. Commander Watson says the US
Coast Guard responded to the call.
"When the coast guard is called, we
go," said Commander Watson. "We try always to be available to help. Even though
this occurred outside us waters, we got the call, we went."
After the wreck, Southern Recycle, out
of New Orleans, purchased the ship. She was offloaded in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti,
where minor repairs were made so she could make the voyage here, where she's
been since May.
"We are doing things to make sure that
the vessel is safe where it is, and that is having our crew go down every now
and then, take a look, make sure the lines that are mooring the vessel to the
dock are tight, or taught as we say it in nautical terms. And we just check to
see how the vessel is sitting in the water, make sure it's not listed one way
or the other," said Commander Watson.
The dealings with the ship are
commercial, but it's the Coast Guard's job to keep the waterway's safe.
"The Coast Guard's focus is to make
sure we protect our waterway users, commercial waterway users, recreational
users, in the port," said Commander Watson. "When situations like this arise,
we do what we can to maintain the utmost level of safety for the citizens of
Officials with Southern Recycle, who did purchase the Seagate,
say they are spending this week trying to decide exactly what to do with the
Officials say the ship may be beyond repair.
After this week, Southern Recycle may choose to move the boat and scrap it for