Disabled MOL Prestige Arrives in Seattle After Fire
The disabled MOL Prestige is now safely moored at the Port of Seattle more a week after an engine room fire knocked out power to the vessel and severely injured two crew members during a voyage across the Pacific Ocean.
The 293-meter MOL Prestige suffered an engine room fire on January 31, 2018, two days after departing the port of Vancouver for Tokyo, Japan.
Two crew members were critically injured in the incident and were airlifted to a hospital. Three others sustained minor injuries but remained on board the vessel.
Canadian authorities began tracking the disabled containership on February 1 while it was 207 nautical miles SW of Haida Gwaii. The 71,902-ton Prestige ended up being adrift for several days – posing no immediate threat to land – before it was brought under tow by the US-flagged Denise Foss. According to AIS data, the pair arrived at the port of Seattle on Sunday afternoon.
So far there has been no word on the extent of damages to the vessel, and an investigation was expected to take place upon her arrival in Seattle to determine whether all cargo should be discharged. The vessel reportedly still only has emergency backup power.
The MOL Prestige was built in 2006 and has a capacity of 6,350 TEU. It is managed by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines.
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