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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