Stranded Container Vessel Towed to San Francisco Bay

The Wan Hai 176, a 564-foot container ship, was towed to anchorage in the San Francisco Bay on April 10. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard .

The Wan Hai 176, a Singapore-flagged container ship, recently had to be towed to San Francisco Bay after losing engine power.

The 564-foot vessel, which carried 21 people and 783 containers filled with miscellaneous material, was anchored about seven miles off the coast of Point Reyes on April 10 when the U.S. Coast Guard’s Unified Command coordinated the tow to anchorage in the San Francisco Bay.

The 112-foot tug Delta Deanna passed tow lines to Wan Hai 176 crew members and towed the container ship with escort tugs Stacey Foss, Delta Billie, Delta Deanna and Rachel Allen.

When the vessel arrived, it was ordered by the Coast Guard captain of the Port of San Francisco to stay anchored until the engines were repaired and the USCG inspected the ship.

“This hazardous situation was successfully resolved through proactive collaboration, seamless communication and deliberate risk assessment provided by our local, state, federal and industry partners,” Unified Command representatives said in a statement.

It was determined that the crew was safe and had no injuries to report, according to the Coast Guard.