Sources said that the incident was an outcome of an engine failure which led to the power outage of the vessel’s thrusters. The situation worsened when the ship drifted within two nautical miles from land, and the Cape St Mary’s Ecological Reserve.
The Canadian Coast Guard rushed help on Sunday as the ship was disabled and drifting repeatedly. The vessel is now safely docked in Argentia, N.L., after being towed there overnight.
Carrying 35 tonnes of marine diesel fuel and 250 tonnes of heavy fuel on board, the bulker set sail for Romania on Saturday. Shortly after midnight its main engine broke down. It was the vessel’s first voyage after three years of being stranded in Newfoundland.
The ship made it 12 kilometres offshore before experiencing engine troubles and setting adrift again in rough seas. While adrift, the ship’s crew continued efforts to fix the engines. The coast guard told them to draw up an emergency response plan, which resulted in the crew calling for a tugboat.
A statement from Marine Atlantic on Monday afternoon said, “The ship veered off course and hit Marine Atlantic’s main dock in Argentia. The Argentia terminal is closed for the season, there were no injuries reported.”
A full damage assessment of the docking infrastructure will be taking place in the near future. “Marine Atlantic is working with the appropriate authorities and insurance companies to determine how this incident occurred and the responsibility for damages,” the statement ead.