MSC container ship adrift off Canada’s east coast being towed to Nova Scotia

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) posted Wednesday evening on Facebook that it was “monitoring the cargo ship MSC Kim, adrift with engine problems off Port au Port Newfoundland and Labrador.”

CCG environmental response specialists were in contact at that time with MSC to ensure they had a response plan in place in the event of pollution. No pollution has been reported from the incident.

At 3:00 on Thursday, the Coast Guard posted an update, saying that the MSC Kim was no longer adrift, “after the Atlantic Kingfisher successfully secured a towline [that] morning.” The ship was being towed to Sydney, Nova Scotia.

The ship left the Port of Halifax on March 5 headed for Montreal when it lost power in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. MSC hired the Atlantic Kingfisher from Atlantic Towing to tow the container ship to port.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.
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