Tote-owned vehicle carrier spent more than half a day adrift off Canada

Tote-owned vehicle carrier spent more than half a day adrift off Canada

A US-flagged ro-ro cargo ship owned by Tote Maritime Alaska, spent more than half a day adrift off Haida Gwaii near British Columbia.

The MV North Star lost propulsive power when about 50 miles west of the islands on Tuesday morning. Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) sent vessels to assist and the ship fixed its problem and it was back under its own power by 3am on Wednesday.

The vehicle carrier was en route from Anchorage, Alaska to Tacoma, Washington.

Tote Maritime Alaska is a division of Tote Maritime, the same parent company as owners of the El Faro ro-ro ship that sank at a cost of 33 crew members’ lives during Hurricane Joaquin off the Bahamas last month. It had also lost propulsive power before going down.

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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