Crippled ship due Tuesday at Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Conditions have improved for a disabled cargo ship being towed in Alaska waters to Dutch Harbor, and the vessel is expected to arrive for repairs at midday Tuesday.

Coast Guard Petty Officer David Mosley in Anchorage says the Golden Seas on Monday evening was about 15 miles south of Unalaska Island — where the Aleutian Island port is located. But it still must travel around the island to the northeast corner to reach its destination.

Instead of the 29-foot waves and 45 mph winds that battered the ship days ago, it's now facing 10-foot seas and 25 mph winds.

The 738-foot ship with a crew of 20 and a cargo of canola seed lost some power Friday in the Bering Sea and started drifting. The ship has nearly a half-million gallons of fuel oil aboard. Mosley says no pollution has been reported.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Fears that a crippled cargo ship would run aground in Alaskan waters are easing as it nears Dutch Harbor, safely under tow.

Coast Guard Petty Officer David Mosley in Anchorage says the Golden Seas was about 80 miles from the Aleutian Island port early Monday.

Because of the route it's taking, it won't arrive until about noon Tuesday.

Instead of the 29-foot waves and 45 mph winds that battered the ship days ago, it's now facing 10-foot seas and 25 mph winds.

The 738-foot ship with a crew of 20 and a cargo of canola seed lost some power Friday in the Bering Sea and started drifting. The ship has nearly a half-million gallons of fuel oil aboard.