• Aug 22, 2006
The Cougar Ace shipping vessel that began listing severely on July 23rd off the coast of Alaska has finally been righted and is safely moored at Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. The Cougar Ace's cargo of 4,700 Mazda vehicles will likely be unsalvageable, as CargoLaw.com is reporting "most decks suffered vehicle damage and all vehicles must be re-secured". After the vehicles have been re-secured, the next step will be to tow the vessel to a discharging port.

A groundswell of support has also arisen to honor Marty Johnson, the salvage worker who lost his life after slipping and falling from the Cougar Ace, by renaming the ship the M/V Marty Johnson. Those interested in supporting this effort can email cargonews@aol.com for information on how to contribute to the cause.

[Source: Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and CargoLaw]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Spare parts for Mazda3's should be plentiful for a while.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here is an idea of what the cargo looks like after a wreck:
      http://www.blognewsnetwork.com/members/0000001/mpg/tricolorAutos/tricolorAutos.html

      The above wreck was the M/V Tricolor carrying Volvos, Saabs and BMWs. I think Volvo tried to recover some of their vehicle's components (I can only imagine extracting engine blocks from that mess)

      I remember Chrysler gaving a bunch of waterlogged Prowlers (from a hurricane) to High Schools once, I think Ford has done something similar.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So much for all the maritime "experts" who stated that the cars would stay secure.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It is considered bad luck to rename a ship. Sailors are superstitious people, they care about such things. Why don't you all just leave them to their business?
      • 8 Years Ago
      hurt me to see all those new cars damaged as a car lover :(
      • 8 Years Ago
      Here is the link to the video that has footage of the inside of the ship and the damage to the Mazda's on board.

      http://www.cartv.com/content/research/channels/index.cfm/channel/cartv_video/action/showvideo/vid/n_0146/vcat/News/
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey bernie, you really think Mazda is going to hang these out on the line for a while and them put them on the lot. Come on give em a little more credit than that.
      • 8 Years Ago
      To be fair the Tricolor capsized and sank. It was a navagation hazard so they used a cable to saw it into managable chunks that could be salvaged. Saw it on a TV show.

      The cougar listed really bad and I'm sure the cars are junk due to body damage and fluid leakage. They would be good to donate to school autoshops etc however. Hard parts should all be good.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It would probally cost Mazda more money to part these cars out than to just scrap them at a loss and try again. They could sell them to a salvage company but Mazda isn't going to touch these things now. Thats what insurance is for and I am sure these vehicles are covered under Mazdas corperate insurance policy. I really don't think they will sell them because the possibilty of these cars being defectiveis too high and the warranty costs would be outragous.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If Mazda does not CLEARLY and forcefully communicate what is going to happen with these cars, their sales will tank. Are you listening Mazda? Don't try to just park these damaged vehicles on your lots in hopes people won't ask.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WHAT WAS THE METHOD OF OPERATION IN RIGHTING THE SHIP, AND WHAT WAS THE MASTER OF THE SHIPS COMMENTS ABOUT THE REASON OR PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LISTING.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What are they going to do with all the water damaged cars? Sell them in 3rd world countries? Scrap metal?
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