MOL Prestige safely berthed in Seattle
The "MOL Prestige" was safely moored at the port of Seattle in the afternoon Feb 11, under tow of the US-flagged tug "Denise Foss". So far there has been no word on the extent of damages to the vessel, and an investigation was expected to take place upon its arrival in Seattle to determine whether all the cargo should be discharged. The vessel still only had emergency backup power.
MOL Prestige approaching Vancouver
The "MOL Prestige" on Feb 5 was around 207 miles southwest of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, in position 51 58 55.38N, 136 26 22.38W. The convoy was heading with a speed of 4.3 knots towards Vancouver, where it was expected to arrive on Feb 9. The extent of damage to the engine room was still being assessed.
Container ship under tow to Vancouver
The "MOL Prestige" which was drifting with wind and currents with 21 crew members remaining on board, was taken in tow by the tug "Denise Foss" (IMO: 9748576), on Feb 5 around 207 miles southwest of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, at 12.39 p.m. in pos. 51 58 55.38N, 136 26 22.38W. The convoy was heading with a speed of 4.3 knots towards Vancouver, ETA Feb 9. The extent of damage to the engine room waa still being assessed. The Canadian Coast Guard had deployed the "Sir Wilfrid Laurier" to assist the container ship until the arrival of the tug to pull it to the nearest North American port. The cause of the fire has not yet been investigated, but earlier ship inspections in the US and Canada pointed to deficiencies in the ship's auxiliaries, as a possible cause. The container vessel had left the port in Vancouver on Jan 29, heading towards the port of Tokyo.Upload News