Discoverer ready to ship out
The Noble International Discoverer languishes, lashed to the main dock at the Alaska Railroad Cruise Ship Terminal on Port Avenue. A victim of circumstance, the craft has been delayed along its journey by equipment fires, a malfunctioning propulsion system, citations by the United States Coast Guard and unscheduled tug maintenance. At one point, deserted by its escort craft as they sped away to help bail out its sister rig, the Kulluk, it was uncertain when the Discoverer would resume its journey. A change of plans or two later, the beleaguered vessel will now head for refit in Far East or thereabouts in a matter of weeks.