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Coast Guard Slowly Rights Ship

October 27, 2002

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SEATTLE (AP) _ A container ship listing at a pier in Elliott Bay slowly righted itself Saturday as dock hands as Coast Guard crews pumped water out of the vessel.

``Everything is heading in the right direction,″ said Jim Peschel, of cleanup contractor Foss Environmental.

The 600-foot Westwood Rainier, owned by Westwood Shipping Lines _ a subsidiary of wood-products giant Weyerhaeuser Corp. _ had stabilized enough by midmorning that crews were able to board, said Mick Schultz, spokesman for the Port of Seattle.

The ship was back on even keel by 8:15 p.m., Weyerhaeuser spokesman Bruce Amundson said.

Schultz said he did not know what caused the vessel to list and brush against two cranes positioned on the pier. The cranes sustained no structural damage, but two electrical reels were partially torn from them.

The 6-month-old ship was carrying pulp, newsprint and lumber.

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