Five crew were injured when the container ship MOL Prestige, 71,902gt, suffered an engine room fire more than 200 miles off Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada, on the late evening of Jan 31.
The Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) ship, which had a crew of 23 and is of 6,350 teu, had sailed from Vancouver on Jan 29 for Tokyo and was disabled by the fire.
The US tanker Polar Resolution, 141,740dwt, responded to the distress call and stood by the container ship until she was relieved by the Canadian Coast Guard buoy-layer Sir Wilfred Laurier. The Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre dispatched a CC-115 Buffalo aircraft to the scene.
The following day, Feb 1, two of the injured were flown by a Royal Canadian Air Force CH-149 Cormorant helicopter from the ship to Queen Charlotte City and taken by ambulance to hospital. Three others were treated on board the ship for minor burns.
MOL said the MOL Prestige which was drifting with the wind and currents, was taken in tow by the tug Denise Foss, 714gt, of Foss Maritime and from Neah Bay, Washington, on Feb 5 around 207 miles south-west of Haida Gwaii.