No one is telling. The Port Authority refuses to release the name of the mysterious fishing boat which caused a container vessel to bear straight ahead and beach on a sandbar at over 10 knots.
Micheal Gurney of the Prince Rupert Port Authority acknowledged it was his organization which claimed the Hanjin Geneva was attempting to avoid a fishing boat when it ran aground.
“That statement came from the, our Port Authority Port Security operations center. It was based on the radio traffic that evening.” stated Gurney explaining it was between the two vessels, a fishing boat and the Hanjin Geneva.
When we asked the name of the fishing boat it was attempting to avoid he replied; “We are not releasing the name of the fishing vessel.”
According to Dan Bate, communications person for the Canadian Coast Guard, there was a pilot on board who boarded at Triple Island and disembarked when the ship arrived at Prince Rupert. He also stated they were in a close quarter’s situation with another vessel, the ‘fishing boat’.
Both Bate and Gurney confirmed these large container vessels are equipped with radar, which detect other potential hazards and vessels in their path but Gurney stated he could not discuss the distance it would be able to detect another vessel in its path or the details of the Hanjin Geneva radar system, as the entire incident is presently under investigation by the Transportation Safety Board (TSB).
As pertaining to the speed of the Hanjin Geneva when it ran aground, Gurney stated his operations center indicated the speed of the vessel at the time, 11 knots, was normal for the location where it was to make a 90 degree turn, as was the approach from the south of the Kinahan Islands.
“Even if a pilot is on board, the master of the vessel is still in control of the vessel.” stated Batte when asked about the speed as it approached the south east corner of East Kinahan Island where it was required to bear north a full 90 degrees.
The Hanjin Geneva ran aground on a soft sandbar during a falling tide on Tuesday evening, November 20, 2012. The way it grounded allowed it to remain upright without listing, stated Gurney, until the early morning hours of Wednesday when the tide came in and it was able to be assisted by the tug boats at the scene. He also stated it was not under escort at the time though the tug was only a few minutes away when the grounding incident occurred.Read original story on the grounding by clicking here