Stricken ship in stable condition, company says

A CARGO vessel towed to Gladstone after it suffered engine failure is in a stable condition at Auckland Point wharf in Gladstone.

The 132m Thor Commander safely reached the port at 7am on Thuesday after a 329km tow from Gladstone-based ocean tug Smit Leopard.

The ship suffered a main engine failure on Sunday and was adrift and heading towards the Great Barrier Reef east of Mackay.

Thor Commander technical managers, MarShip Bereederung GmbH and Co KG, released a statement that the vessel was in a stable condition with all crew members safe.

There was no water coming in the ship and no signs of pollution.

"A full inspection and assessment into the best means of repair will now be made to ensure the safety of the vessel, crew and the marine environment," the statement said.

Australian Marine Safety Authority surveyors will inspect the vessel to determine the nature of the damage and to monitor the repair process.

AMSA said the ship's future movements would depend on the repairs required.

MarShip said it would work in close co-operation with the authorities in an investigation to ascertain the causes of the incident.



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