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REPORTING · 21st November 2012
Merv Ritchie
Update 3 The Vessel was travelling at 20 knots as it passed West Kinshan Island and was doing a full 18 knots when it should have been making a course correction and ran aground running at approximately 11 knots.

Update 2 It appears, though we have no direct confirmation, the ship was freed at approximately 7:15 am and is now berthing at the Port of Prince Rupert Maher Terminals with the tugs Smit Humber and Smit Mississippi as escorts.

Original report

News reports this morning advise of a container ship running aground near Prince Rupert. At the time of this report six tug boats are gathered west of Port Edward between Lelu Island and the Kinshan Islands, just north of Kitson Island Marine Provincial Park.

The Smit Dawn, Smit Humber, Smit Mississippi, Smit Nass, Smit Skeena and CCGS Dauphin are all on the scene.

Update

New reports state the vessel is the Hanjin Geneva, a 278 metre container vessel flagged in Germany arriving from Shanghai.

The Transportation Safety Board has just released thie following information.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to the site of the grounding of the container ship Hanjin Geneva near Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

From the Port of Prince Rupert

Pilotage
Every ship that is over 350 gross tons is subject to compulsory pilotage.


The Hanjin Geneva is rated at 65918 gross tons.

We have contacted the communications office of the Coast Guard as well as the Department of Fisheries and Ocean, are are awaiting confirmation a Pilot was on board or not.
Hanjin Geneva - Ken Harris photo from marinetraffic.com
Hanjin Geneva - Ken Harris photo from marinetraffic.com
The route it was supposed to take and finally did take after being freed from the sand bar. Screen shot from MarineTraffic.com
The route it was supposed to take and finally did take after being freed from the sand bar. Screen shot from MarineTraffic.com