Nfld. & Labrador

Panamanian carrier safe off St. John's, after issuing distress call

The Centennial Harmony was experiencing flooding in 20-metre swells, but the crew has since gained control of the ship and power has been restored.

The bulk carrier has regained power, vessel and crew are safe

The Centennial Harmony reported taking on water on Thursday, and requested help from the Canadian Coast Guard. (Shipspotting.com)

A bulk carrier that was stranded 250 nautical miles southeast of St. John's is safe after battling power outages and flooding Thursday afternoon.

Maj. Amber Bineau, public affairs officer with the Department of National Defence, said the Centennial Harmony put out a distress call due to taking on water, but gained control of the flooding by the evening hours.

A Hercules aircraft and the Sir Wilfred Grenfell coast guard vessel were dispatched to help the ship. A short time later, the Centennial Harmony called down the request for help.

The crew had been dealing with 20-metre swells at the peak of the storm.

Bineau confirmed all 21 crew members remained on board the ship throughout the ordeal.

She said the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre is not aware of any injuries.

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