An open sea cargo ship was seen towed off of Trial Island on Tuesday, pulled by the Coast Guard ship Atlantic Eagle.
The open water ship tracker AIS suggests it was the cargo ship Takeshio.
According to website Vesselfinder, the Takeshio is a 185-metre general cargo ship built eight years ago and registered out of Panama.
Happening right now. Canadian coast guard ship Atlantic Eagle is towing a huge cargo ship (the Takeshio) that seems to have broken down scarily close to Trial Islands near Victoria. pic.twitter.com/s1Xul96J6a
— Brian Timmer (@Scuba_Timmer) April 21, 2020
“The Coast Guard’s Atlantic Eagle was tasked to tow the vessel to Constance Bank to anchor. Constance Bank is designated as a safe anchorage location in the Victoria area,” said Coast Guard spokesperson Michelle Imbeau.
According to Vesselfinder the Takeshio left Shanghai on March 24 and was destined to arrive Tuesday in Vancouver before it likely suffered mechanical problems which Transport Canada said caused it to lose propulsion.
A Transport Canada spokesperson said there were no reports of pollution or injuries associated with the incident.
Imbeau said the Takeshio ship’s crew continues today (April 22) to work on repairing the issue. Once repaired, it will require Transport Canada’s clearance before it can depart.
Local resident Stuart Landon photographed the ship being towed at about 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
“The ship appeared to be drifting sideways past Trial Island with the tide, with the stern facing into McNeill Bay,” Landon said. “I see lots of ships go by, but none with their stern facing McNeill Bay.”
Did you watch the 185' cargo ship MV Takeshio adrift along the Victoria & Oak Bay shoreline today? AIS track shows it drifted within 1000m of the rocks on Trial Island & then taken under tow.
Drifting past disaster on the #salishsea #ocean #shipping pic.twitter.com/p8wmnMkHvk
— Ian Hinkle (@ianhinkle) April 22, 2020
At that time he witnessed the Coast Guard ship arrive and attach a tow line in what was probably less than five minutes.
“I actually noticed the Coast Guard boat first and then noticed that it was heading toward this ship. After the tow line was attached, the Coast Guard boat began to tow the Takeshio slowly west against the tide and, I believe, it then was anchored at the Constance Bank anchorage out in the Strait.”
More details to come.