MOL Prestige is a containership adrift off the coast of Haida Gwaii since Jan. 31. (Google Maps)

UPDATE – Fire extinguished on ship adrift southwest of Haida Gwaii

Canadian Coast Guard says tugboat will arrive on Sunday morning

The engine fire causing damage to the drifting container ship MOL Prestige on Jan. 31 has been extinguished and on Feb. 3 the vessel was towed back to Vancouver.

Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (VJRCC) Lieutenant Tony Wright said crew members stayed aboard the ship to monitor the status of the engine after it caught fire.

At 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, the VJRCC was advised that the MOL Prestige — a 293-metre-long Singapore-flagged vessel owned by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines— was adrift about 207 nautical miles southwest of Haida Gwaii with 22 people on board.

An engine fire on board the ship caused the ship to lose propulsion.

Wright said upon receiving the call, the VJRCC dispatched a CC-115 Buffalo aircraft to provide air assitance.

A CH-149 Cormorant helicopter was also dispached to the ship to evacuate two crew members who were injured on board. The crew members were later medevaced to Haida Gwaii for further treatment.

READ MORE: Port of Prince Rupert welcomes biggest container ship to dock in Canada

The ship’s owner also contracted a tugboat, which picked up the vessel on Feb. 3 and towed it back to Vancouver.

Timothy Pajak, director of global marketing and communications for MOL Liner Ltd., said the vessel departed from Vancouver on Jan. 29 at 10:05 p.m. local time and was bound for Tokyo.

The engine fire broke out at about 9 p.m. on Jan. 31, which caused the ship to lose propulsion.

Pajak could not confirm what the cause of the fire was.

“That is under investigation,” he said.

READ MORE: Simushir arrives at Prince Rupert container port



matthew.allen@thenorthernview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project searches for partners

TransCanada is renewing permits for its natural gas pipeline project to North Coast.

Coastal GasLink stops work to investigate archaeological find

OGC archaeologists are en route to the Houston-area site where Unist’ot’en report finding stone tools

Major upgrades needed for Port sewage lagoon

Engineering firm itemizes shortcomings for provincial and federal standards

All Native Basketball Tournament Day 5: Recap

Highlights and results from day 5 at the All Native Tournament

All Native Basketball Tournament Day 6: Preview

Look ahead to all the action scheduled for Feb. 16 at the All Native Tournament

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Most Read