The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will be sending a team to St. John's on Wednesday to investigate the MSC Monterey, a cargo vessel that made a distress call off the southeast coast of Newfoundland on Sunday.

The Swiss-registered vessel was travelling from Belgium to New Jersey when a crack was discovered in the ship's hull.

According to a release sent on Tuesday, the TSB team will be assessing the damage suffered to the ship.

A Cormorant out of Gander was dispatched to evacuate our tourist passengers aboard the Monterey after the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax received a distress call on Sunday. The ship is not at risk of sinking.

It was anchored off Portugal Cove South, a small community near the southern tip of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula and about 140 km south of St. John's, until early Monday with a crew of 20 on board. and then escorted to St. Mary's Bay to wait out a winter storm.

The ship will need permission from Canadian officials before being permitted to continue its journey to the U.S.