Coast Guard approved transit plan - tug on the move
The Coast Guard approved a transit plan for the "Stephen L. Colby" on Dec 11. The tug, however, had to be decontaminated before getting underway to St. Louis. The vessel left LeClaire on Dec 12 and was expected to be in St. Louis within a week and a half. The tug "Penny Eckstein" began towing the "Stephen L. Colby" to a dry dock facility just north of St. Louis at Wood River, Illinois, where it will be drydocked for permanent repair and overhaul before it resumes towing barges on the Mississippi River. Investigators from the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the cause of the accident. Approximately 38,900 gallons of oily-water mixture has been recovered from the river, 89,000 gallons of oily-water mixture recovered from the "Stephen L. Colby" and more than 6,900 cubic feet of oily waste has been collected.
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On Nov 25, 2013, the "Legend of the Seas" lost a lifeboat, while anchored near Cabo San Lucas, when one of the boat's pulleys malfunctioned. The decision to continue sailing without the boat was approved by government officials in the Bahamas. When the ship returned to Cabo San Lucas on Nov 2 on its subsequent sailing, the boat was recovered and reattached to the ship.
On Dec 9, 2013, the "Allure of the Seas" lost a lifeboat near Nassau when a wire snapped. The cruise ship sailed on without the boat. It was leaving Nassau two hours late because of the issue with the lift cable of lifeboat number 1. At the biweekly test it appeared to have snapped. After talking to HQ, the shipyard and Bahamas authorities the ship was leaving lifeboat 1 in Nassau and would be picking it up again on the way back after they repaired the cable.
The "Stephen L. Colby" on Dec 11 was nearly ready to begin its 350-mile trip to a St. Louis area repair facility. Two small holes were discovered in the hull but they have been patched and the vessel was watertight now. A larger 30-by-12 inch hole had been patched earlier. While the tug was floating partially on its own, two large barge cranes were holding it steady via two slings, one on the bow and one on the stern, so the crews could continue working safely aboard the vessel. The Coast Guard was doing a final safety inspection and reviewing the transit plan. Once those tasks were completed the tug was to be towed away, likely beginning in the afternoon.