The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(ASTORIA, Ore.) — The Coast Guard is monitoring the bulk carrier Luzon Strait, which was temporarily disabled outside the entrance of the Columbia River near Astoria, Ore., Thursday.
The 503-foot Hong Kong flagged ship was inbound near the Columbia River entrance when the crew reported loss of engine and generator power at 3:42 a.m.
The Columbia River Bar Pilot aboard the vessel safely made anchorage outside of the shipping channel before troubleshooting and repairing the ship.
A Coast Guard Sector Portland, Ore., marine inspector has responded to investigate the mechanical failure, determine the vesselâ€™s ability to proceed to its destination of Portland and conduct sea trials approximately five miles offshore.