Rough seas off Newfoundland prevent towing of Thorco Crown

Plans to tow a disabled cargo ship that’s floating off of Newfoundland, Canada, were hampered by bad conditions on Wednesday, according to CBC.

The Thorco Crown had been damaged by an engine room fire on Tuesday. Although the fire was extinguished, the Thorco Shipping vessel was unable to move under its own power.

Owners did hire a private towing company but rough seas meant it was not possible to attach a tow line on Wednesday.

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) ship Sir William Alexander has been on hand monitoring the situation.

So far there has been no fuel leakage and the 13-person crew have not been injured.

The Thorco Crown had no cargo after dropping off a load in Argentia. It was on its way to Montreal.

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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