Engine Fire on Container Vessel Off El Capitan Beach

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By edhat staff

A large container vessel suffered an engine fire early Wednesday morning off the coast of El Capitan Beach.

The U.S. Coast Guard stated just before 6:00 a.m. they were responding to a fire aboard the President Eisenhower, a 965-foot motor vessel, 24 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara.

The vessel was en route from the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbor and suffered an engine fire at some point overnight and was adrift, being visible from El Capitan State Beach in the Santa Barbara Channel. 

The fire was extinguished, there was no pollution, and no injuries were reported, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. A civilian towing contractor is towing the vessel to safety.

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LincolnLady Apr 29, 2021 11:47 AM
Engine Fire on Container Vessel Off El Capitan Beach

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LincolnLady Apr 29, 2021 10:07 AM
Engine Fire on Container Vessel Off El Capitan Beach

Sure I did. The boat's position hadn't been updated in over 12 hours at the time of my posting. Per Murphy's Law, once I submitted the report and logged off, the vessel moved at lightning speed to where it is now, off Point Mugu, at 4 kn and 122 degrees. Must be a new propulsion system on board.

tagdes Apr 29, 2021 09:53 AM
Engine Fire on Container Vessel Off El Capitan Beach

Lincoln Lady you need to update Marine Traffic. President Eisenhower is 5 miles off of Port Hueneme at 4kn bearing 136 degrees. There are 2 tugs, Shirley C and Elizabeth C.

Stray Apr 29, 2021 08:09 AM
Engine Fire on Container Vessel Off El Capitan Beach

Approximately 2,500 large container ships head to Los Angeles and Long Beach through the Santa Barbara Channel each year (2016 data). Ships that participate in a voluntary program receive $1,500 to $2,500 per transit to slow their speeds to less than 12 knots (under 14 mph) through the Santa Barbara Channel. Ships can cut their noxious emissions by 50%. A decrease in greenhouse gases and pollutants emitted by 27 vessels accounted for more than half of the smog-generating NOx emissions in Santa Barbara County (2016). Fatal collisions with whales were reduced to approximately three per year, but could be higher, given the uncertainty of the incident.

LincolnLady Apr 28, 2021 11:19 PM
Engine Fire on Container Vessel Off El Capitan Beach

Per the above marine traffic website, the President Eisenhower is still sitting off our Gaviota coast. The Teresa Brusco is near it with several other small boats, and they look like a school of fish heading east. Anyone know any more specifics?

tagdes Apr 28, 2021 07:18 PM
Engine Fire on Container Vessel Off El Capitan Beach

When I checked an hour ago it was still drifting less than five miles from Naples. Shortly after, the tug Teresa Brusco from Port Hueneme brought them across the shipping lane and as of 2 minutes ago is heading back SE'ly at 1.9 kn.

LincolnLady Apr 28, 2021 06:32 PM
Engine Fire on Container Vessel Off El Capitan Beach

Per the website https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-120.0/centery:34.5/zoom:9, the President Eisenhower is off the coast of Gaviota, midway between there and San Miguel Island, as of about 3 minutes ago (1.9 kn and 246 degrees). Might be turning around per what its position was a few minutes before the above position. No evidence of a tow at this time (at least not on the map).

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