How a freight dispatcher was able to keep a ‘ghost ship’ from going down with her cargo
Posted October 13, 2018 08:06:58The crew of a freight delivery ship, which was lost in the Gulf of Mexico in October, has been able to retrieve some of its cargo after a captain became distracted by the “ghost ship” and stopped working on it.
The cargo, which contained several hundred gallons of diesel fuel, was delivered to the Port of Long Beach, California, on Thursday.
The ship was headed for San Diego, California.
The captain of the ship, who is being identified only by his first name, Paul, was found to be working on the ship and was not working on a cargo run, the Coast Guard said.
He also had a cellphone with him at the time.
The Coast Guard says the captain and his crew were able to safely get the ship’s cargo and return to the ship at about 5:30 p.m. local time.
It is not clear what caused the captain to lose his concentration and become distracted.
The Coast Guard did not say if there was an alcohol or drug problem on the captain’s part.
The crew is using a combination of radio communication, sonar equipment, and GPS, to locate the missing ship and its cargo, the San Diego Fire Department said in a statement.
It did not provide details on the GPS equipment used.
A crew member on the scene of the missing cargo ship, the “Ghost Ship,” in the Bay of Campeche, Mexico.
A Coast Guard officer and a Navy Seal were on board when the ship went down.
(Maj. Carlos Ortiz via Reuters)The ship is carrying about 400 gallons of fuel.
It is expected to dock at Long Beach at 10:30 a.m., the Port said in an emailed statement.