Maersk Line reported on April 5 that the vessel Maersk Pembroke, operating the company’s Canada Atlantic Express service, lost main engine power en route from Antwerp, Belgium, to Montreal, Quebec, and is currently drifting in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 500 nautical miles off the coast of Spain.
No injuries to the crew have been reported and there is no immediate danger to personnel or the vessel, which still has power on board. This means that all reefer units are operating normally and there is no additional risk to the perishable goods being transported. The weather in the area has been reported as calm.
Maersk estimates preliminary repairs will take place soon to make the vessel seaworthy, before she can sail towards one of the European ports for further inspection and repair. Arrival is expected within three to five days, which means that cargo deliveries will be delayed for approximately one week. The company is taking measures to minimize the disruption of its customers’ supply chain.
Further details and up-to-date status reports are available at the shipper’s local offices at www.maerskline.com.