The captain of the Navi-Wind, a cargo ship that is docked in Placentia, said his crew feels lucky to be alive today. 

Captain Pero Metkovic said the cargo ship ran into fierce seas off Placentia Bay on the night of Dec. 4.

RCMP, Red Cross visit ship

Members of the RCMP and the Red Cross visited crew members aboard the Navi Sea, a cargo ship moored in Placentia, on Friday. (CBC)

Metkovic said waves crashed over the deck, and the engine room flooded. In order to save the ship, the captain said he decided to return to Argentia

"I'm sailing all my life. But I never saw that bad weather in my life," said Metkovic. "The coast guard said waves 17 metres high. I'm not sure, I cannot measure the waves. But they were terrible."

The damaged ship has been moored in Placentia ever since. 

Crew stranded in Placentia

Metkovic said the 11-person crew, with members from Croatia, Greece, and Slovenia, has been living on the ship, but they have been running out of food.  

The RCMP and the Red Cross visited the ship on Friday, and the Red Cross said its disaster volunteers from Placentia and St. John's have provided the crew with food, 200 litres of bottled water, winter jackets and 25 thermal blankets. 

Representatives of the International Transport Workers Association have arranged for donations of milk and bread from a local dairy and bakery for the crew. 

Metkovic said he has been having trouble getting in touch with the Navi-Wind's owner. 

The Egyptian owner of the vessel has said he'll be coming to Canada next week to sort things out.

Familiar ship 

The Navi-Wind is a relatively new name for a vessel that's familiar to many St. John's residents. The ship, then called the Lady Remington III, was docked in St. John's Harbour for many months.

The ship has a long history according to marinetraffic.com, a website devoted to tracking vessels' whereabouts. You can see other names she has sailed under in this timeline.