Nfld. & Labrador

Cargo ship disabled off southwestern Newfoundland following engine room fire

The Canadian Coast Guard was called to assist a disabled cargo ship Tuesday, about 32 nautical miles off the coast of Port aux Basques.
The general cargo ship MV Thorco Crown, seen in this photo from marinetraffic.com, became disabled off the coast of Port aux Basques on Tuesday following a fire in the engine room. (Claus Schaefe/marinetraffic.com)

The Canadian Coast Guard was called to assist a disabled cargo ship Tuesday about 32 nautical miles off the coast of Port aux Basques.

The Thorco Crown, a 13-year-old vessel, registered to Antigua and Barbuda, was en route to Montreal from Argentia when it issued a mayday call due to a fire in the engine room.

The ship was passing through the Cabot Strait area at the time.

According to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the fire was extinguished but the ship had become disabled.

The coast guard said there was no immediate danger to the crew, vessel or environment. However, an environmental response team was on site watching the situation.

The vessel is being monitored by the Canadian Coast Guard ship Sir William Alexander and the Joint Rescue Centre Halifax, and the owners of the Thorco Crown have scheduled a tugboat to tow the cargo ship on Wednesday.

The MV Thorco Crown is a merchant cargo ship with a crew of 13 and is not currently carrying cargo, according to DFO.

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