Disabled bulk carrier towed to Placentia Bay, N.L.

by The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

Tugs towed a large bulk carrier which was adrift off the southeastern coast of Newfoundland to a mooring location in Placentia Bay as a powerful wind storm descended on the province.

The MV Comanche lost engine power earlier this week about 35 kilometres off the coast of Cape St. Mary’s, which is along the southern coast of the Avalon Peninsula.

According to vessel tracking services, the MV Comanche left the port of Sept-Îles, Quebec on March 6 bound for the Suez Canal. The six-year-old vessel is 292 metres long. It is operated by ADK Maritime.

The Canadian Coast Guard said Saturday the ship was towed by the Placentia Hope and Placentia Pride with support from the North Atlantic Osprey and North Atlantic Petrel to the Placentia Bay pilot station on Friday night, with an escort from the coast guard ship Terry Fox.

The MV Maersk Clipper, a Canadian-flagged offshore tug and supply ship, was steaming to Placentia Bay on Saturday afternoon and upon arrival was expected to attach towing equipment and remain at the location with the Comanche.

A powerful winter storm is to forecast to pass through the area on Saturday into Sunday with sustained winds of over 110 kilometres per hour.

The coast guard has said there are no reported injuries or pollution events stemming from the ship’s engine failure.

Earlier in the week the MSC Kim also lost engine power off the west coast of Newfoundland and had to be towed to port.