Towing of fire-damaged HMCS PROTECTEUR successfully reestablished
The Canadian naval supply ship HMCS PROTECTEUR that was disabled last week, February 27th, in the mid-Pacific due to a fire in its engine room, got into new trouble this Sunday.
On March 2nd the tow line broke when the HMCS PROTECTEUR was being towed by navy cruiser USS CHOSIN to Hawaii through high waves. The tow line could be re-fastened to the tug USNS SIOUX now and the damaged vessel is expected to arrive at Hawaii at the end of this week.
About 300 people including 17 private family members were onboard the vessel on its return leg to Esquimalt. 20 crew members were reported with minor injuries, caused during the battle against the fire.