Suspect bunkers put SM Line boxship out of action for up to a month

South Korean containership the 6,622 teu SM Busan is at dock in Victoria, British Columbia for emergency repairs that are expected to take up to a month to complete.

After first experiencing engine problems on December 20, the ship lost power on December 24 en route from Portland to South Korea. After drifting for a couple of days, the vessel was able to get underway to the harbour in Victoria with a two-tugboat escort.

The ship’s fuel is believed to be the source of the problem. Repair work, being done by the ship’s crew, will include cleaning its fuel tanks.

The SM Busan is carrying mostly empty containers.

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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