Cargo Ship Disabled off Bermuda

Credit: U.S. Coast Guard

By The Maritime Executive 10-02-2018 09:03:17

The 250-foot Tanzanian-flagged general cargo ship, Alta, has broken down with 10 people onboard while transiting from Greece to Haiti. The Alta is approximately 1,380 miles southeast of Bermuda. 

The crew reported that they had enough food for two days and water for 15 days. The U.S. Coast Guard has responded, and an aircrew aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, was able to airdrop enough food for a week to the crew on Tuesday afternoon.

The shipowner has contracted a commercial tug to tow the vessel to Saint Maarten. The tug is expected to arrive at the Alta’s location next week. Meanwhile, the Alta's crew are reportedly healthy and in high spirits.