Cargo ship that went adrift near Cape St. Mary's hit dock before leaving port

A cargo ship heading to Romania that was rescued by the Coast Guard off Newfoundland on Sunday night ran into trouble even before losing its engine 12 kilometres from land.

Ship's crew failed to report damages

Crews on the MV Baby Leeyn failed to notify Marine Atlantic after the boat struck this dock in Argentia on Saturday. (Marine Atlantic/Chris O'Neill Yates)

A cargo ship heading to Romania that was rescued by the Canadian Coast Guard off Newfoundland on Sunday night ran into trouble even before losing its engine 12 kilometres from land.

The MV Baby Leeyn was towed to safety early Monday morning, but CBC News has learned that the boat collided with the dock in Argentia before leaving port.

An official with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed Wednesday that the crew of the boat failed to notify Marine Communications and Traffic Services when the incident occurred. 

Transport Canada said in a statement that because the Baby Leeyn left port immediately after the incident, it was unable to inspect for damage.

The organization only learned about the collision when notified by Marine Atlantic.

Marine Atlantic determining cost of repairs 

Transport Canada added that upon returning to land, the ship was inspected, finding no damage as a result of the collision.

But the dock wasn't so lucky. Photos taken by Marine Atlantic show that the bow of the ship left a hole in the wharf and damaged pilings that support it..

Marine Atlantic said officials are still evaluating know how much it will cost to repair the dock and the MV Baby Leeyn's agent said the ship's insurers are dealing with the matter.

The ship's Turkish owners had no comment.

With files from Chris O'Neill-Yates