MV John 1, bulk carrier registered in Panama, lost power about 1.5 km from Rose Blanche and ran aground off the southwest coast of Newfoundland. The accident happened on March 14 at around 13:30 local time. The ship was sailing from Las Palmas to Montreal with 23 crew members from Syria on board. According to the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax, all crew members were transferred to Burgeo, N.L. by helicopter and all were in good health condition.
Jan Woodford, a spokeswoman from the Canadian Coast Guard said that MV John 1 was not in danger. A tugboat from Mulgrave (N.S.) and CCGS Earl Grey, coast guard vessel, were deployed in the area.
According to an email statement, CCGS Earl Grey tried several times to prevent the vessel from running aground by connecting a tow line, but the attempts were unsuccessful. A crew from the federal environmental response (Canadian Coast Guard) has been sent to the area to investigate the accident.
MV John 1 is managed by Ceren Denizcilik Sanayi (Turkey). The vessel was built in 1991. Its length is 180m, its DWT is 42,263 and IMO 8902486.