Update: Amakusa Island still in trouble after been refloated

By Vessels

Amakusa Island, who was refloated after running aground on Monday near Prince Rupert Port, is still in trouble.

The cause of the incident is unidentified, but as a result of it, the hull of the vessel is damaged. Two of its ballast tanks are being flooded and Amakusa Island is still listing. The vessel has coal cargo of 80,000 metric tonnes. Michael Gurney, manager of corporate communications with Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA), said:

"We're not sure how much water was taken on, but the damage to the hull caused two buoyancy compartments to be compromised so the water-tight bulkheads closed to prevent water from entering the rest of the ship."

The quantity of the water in the ship is unknown. Transportation Safety Board (TSB) team has been dispatched to evaluate the vessel and divers will examine the hull of Amakusa Island.

"We're not sure how much water was taken on, but the damage to the hull caused two buoyancy compartments to be compromised so the water-tight bulkheads closed to prevent water from entering the rest of the ship," said Michael Gurney.

After the divers evaluate the ship, the fate of the vessel will be decided.

"Based on that data, whether repairs or evacuation of water will take place in situ or at one of the berths has to be decided. While there is no timeline in place for repair, the ship will not be travelling from Prince Rupert in its current state," added Gurney.

Current position of Amakusa Island.

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