Disabled MOL Prestige a few days away from port under tow

Previously adrift containership MOL Prestige is anticipated to arrive under tow at an as-yet-undisclosed North American port around Saturday February 10, weather permitting, owners Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) said.

Disabled by an engine room fire on February 1, the ship had been drifting about 200 miles southwest of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, after the blaze which injured some crew members, two of whom needed to be airlifted to shore for medical attention.

That leaves 21 crew members aboard.

The fire was extinguished promptly but the ship lost propulsive power and has been using an emergency generator for lighting, heat and communications.

Relief ship Sir Wilfred Laurier, from Canada’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, has been near to the MOL Prestige since soon after the incident.

An ocean-going tug arrived at the site on Saturday and towing is now under way.

MOL Prestige was en route from Vancouver’s Roberts Bank Terminal to Tokyo, Japan, when the fire erupted.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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