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Container ship runs aground in BC

Hanjin Geneva tried to avoid collision


PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia—A container ship has had a bumpy arrival in Canada after running aground at the mouth of the channel leading to Prince Rupert Harbour on BC’s north coast.

The Hanjin Geneva, which is 278m in length, was trying to avoid a fishing vessel, as it entered the harbour Tuesday night at approximately 10:30PM.

Port officials say it doesn’t appear the Geneva has been damaged, and all aboard are okay.

High tide finally lifted the huge vessel off the bottom about nine hours after it ran aground.

Pilot vessels and tugs escorted it the rest of the way into port where an inspection was ordered.

The German-registered container ship was arriving from Shanghai when it had to make the sudden course change to avoid the fish boat in waters off tiny Coast Island, just a few kilometres south of Geneva’s intended dock.

A team of investigators from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), was dispatched to investigate the incident.