The formerly stranded vessel in Atlantic Canada is now safe
Friday, November 16, 2018, 5:27 PM -
The Panamanian bulk carrier, Centennial Harmony, is now safe after releasing a mayday call in response to power outages and flooding on Thursday evening.
According to a report from CBC, The Sir Wilfred Grenfell coast guard vessel and a Hercules aircraft were dispatched to help the stranded vessel, and the request for help was called down shortly after.
The Panamanian vessel lost power on Thursday between 4:00pm and 5:00pm UTC-5 approximately 97 kilometres (60 miles) east-southeast of the Terra Nova oil and gas field, which is approximately 350 kilometers east-southeast off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada in the North Atlantic Ocean.
CBC has reported that Major Amber Bineau, public affairs officer with the Department of National Defence, said the Centennial Harmony released the distress call in response to flooding, but was able to quickly regain control of the incoming waters and confirmed that there are currently no reported injuries on board amongst the 21 crew members.
The location of the stranded vessel was in a region that was anticipating record-breaking waves - forecasts projected significant wave heights over 15 metres (50 feet) and a theoretical maximum wave height over 30 meters (100 feet). At the time of the distress call the crew was struggling to manage 20 metre swells during the peak of the storm.