Thorco vessel hit by fire off Canada

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) was monitoring a disabled cargo ship off of southwestern Newfoundland on Tuesday after being called to assist it, according to CBC.

The 2004-built  Thorco Crown was approximately 32 miles off of Port aux Basques when CCG ship Sir William Alexander went to its aid.

The ship was going through the Cabot Strait when it sent out a mayday call because of a fire in the engine room.

Although the fire was successfully extinguished the ship was disabled.

CCG say there is no immediate danger to the ship, crew or environment but a Coast Guard Environmental Response team is monitoring the Thorco Crown.

The general cargo ship, with a crew of 13, had no cargo at the time and was en route from Argentia to Montreal.

Its owners, Denmark’s Thorco Shipping, have arranged to have the ship towed on Wednesday.

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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