SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A tanker ship disabled by an engine room fire that killed a crewmember earlier this month is due to arrive at the Port of San Francisco Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

The 485-foot chemical tanker Pine Galaxy was damaged by a fire Aug. 13 in the machinery shop that killed a crewmember and left the ship without power or propulsion, according to the Coast Guard.

It was left stranded about 700 miles west of Cape Blanco, Oregon, and the crew radioed for help. Rescue boats responded and have been towing the ship back to San Francisco for most of the last two weeks, Coast Guard officials said.

Bad weather delayed the journey for a few days this week, but the ship is expected to arrive at the Port of San Francisco at about noon Wednesday to dock at a shipyard there for repairs.

The ship was transporting neutral oil, tetramer, propylene tetramer and vegetable oil and there were no reports of leaks or damage to the ship’s tanks, fuel tanks or hull, according to the Coast Guard.

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