A containership that operates in an MSC service between North Europe and the East Coast of the United States and was forced to seek shelter in St. Mary's Bay south of Newfoundland after developing a crack in its deck and hull, expects to complete repairs by Jan. 3.
Reederei NSB, the German owner that charters the 4,549-TEU containership MSC Monterey
, said that due to adverse weather conditions in the area, surveyors were unable to go onboard the vessel on Monday, but that inspections by Canadian authorities, the classification society Germanischer Lloyd, maritime architects, insurance representatives, and NSB will be conducted today.
NSB said a "provisional repair will be carried out by a Canadian expert company, which will locally weld stiffeners to the structure. These stiffeners are already being manufactured. The repairs to the vessel will probably be completed by Jan. 3. Afterwards, MSC Monterey
will continue her voyage as part of her charter for MSC, which is valid until August 2019. It has not yet been decided which shipyard will conduct the final repair to the vessel."
The company said a crack on the main deck and the outer hull is unchanged. It measures 1.5 meters on the main deck and extends for approximately 30 centimeters into the outer hull. NSB said the MSC Monterey
is not posing a danger to the environment. The crack has not resulted in any oil spillages or other hazards.
The 2007-built MSC Monterey
is one of five vessels in an MSC service between the East Coast and North Europe.
Canada Coast Guard said that four people were removed by helicopter from the ship on Sunday after the crack was reported.
Buxtehude-based NSB said the four were passengers from the United States and Switzerland and were "taken on shore by helicopter as requested by themselves and are doing well.” The captain and crew remained on the ship.