SM Busan could be at Ogden Point for a month

There were fears that container ship SM Busan (IMO 9312767) could remain at Ogden Point, British Columbia, Canada, for a month while the vessel was drained of oil before mechanical repairs could begin.

The vessel had encountered difficulties while in the Pacific Ocean. had left the Columbia River on December 19th, bound for Busan, Korea with an ETA of December 29th. It was sailing full speed until late on December 20th when the vessel went Not Under Control the first time. The ship managed to resume sailing some 40 hours later, but at a reduced speed. On December 24th it once again went NUC. Although it resumed moving on December 27th it was decided to redirect to Prince Rupert, Canada. The problem turned out to be a fuel issue, according to the Canadian Coast Guard, although the precise nature of the fuel problem – hardware or the fuel itself – was not specified. On December 29th the ship changed course and headed for Juan de Fuca Strait, changing its arrival port from Prince Rupert to Victoria, ETA January 3rd.

The SM Busan is currently tied to Ogden Point’s Pier B mooring dolphin extension — the first vessel to use the new infrastructure originally installed in 2020 for cruise ships. Semi-truck oil tankers were on the pier alongside the ship to take on the offloaded oil and other fuels.

The harbour authority said that the ship’s crews were doing the emergency repair work. It noted that safety and environmental protocols were being followed while the fuels were offloaded. It wasn’t immediately known how many crew members are on board, but the harbour authority warned that the vessel could be held up for a month.

2007-built, Korea-flagged, 74,962 gt SM Busan is owned and managed by SM Line Corp of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is KLC SM Co Ltd. Of Busan, South Korea. It is entered with Britannia Club on behalf of SM Line Corp.