The Hanjin Scarlet remains in Prince Rupert's outer harbour after it was seized by creditors.

Hanjin Scarlet and crew detained in outer harbour

The Hanjin Scarlet and crew remain in Prince Rupert’s outer harbour after being seized by creditors for unpaid bills.

The Hanjin Scarlet may have been unloaded on Sept. 7 but the ship and crew remain in Prince Rupert’s outer harbour due to ongoing financial issues.

Once the cargo destined for Prince Rupert was unloaded, the Hanjin Scarlet had been scheduled to unload in Seattle, Washington but it was seized by creditors for unpaid bills.

“DP World has begun a procedure to ensure payment for the work that they conducted and this legal procedure requires the vessel to not move from this location,” said Michael Gurney, manager of communications at the Port of Prince Rupert.

The crew, however, were able to come ashore, and the vessel took on more fresh water when it was handled at the Fairview Terminal, Gurney confirmed.

The Seafarers Mission in Prince Rupert, a non-governmental organization that assists seafarers globally, provided some comforts to members of the crew when they took a brief break from the ship. But once aboard, their ship was seized and they remain stranded with their cargo at Anchorage 27 near Stephens Island.

“The shipping agent, North Coast Shipping, is in regular communication with the master of the vessel and apparently the crew is in good spirits,” Gurney said. Although, it is not clear whether or not the crew is getting paid by the shipping company or how long they will have to wait to return home.

Crew members from the Hanjin Scarlet were able to take a brief break from their vessel at the Seafarers Mission in Prince Rupert.

Crew members from the Hanjin Scarlet were able to take a brief break from their vessel at the Seafarers Mission in Prince Rupert. SEAFARERS MISSION PRINCE RUPERT FACEBOOK PAGE/CONTRIBUTED

After the Hanjin Shipping Co. declared receivership on Aug. 30, container ships have either been turned away or seized by ports who require payment to unload the cargo. The company owes the Port of Prince Rupert funds for handling the Hanjin Scarlet and other Hanjin vessels that were previously at the port.

The Hanjin Marine was on route to the Prince Rupert harbour but it was diverted south and there are no other Hanjin vessels set to arrive in the immediate future.

The Hanjin Scarlet and its crew will remain in the outer harbour until a solution has been reached between the South Korean shipping company and DP World.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Hundreds of Prince Rupert renters evicted

Renovictions in Prince Rupert leaving more than 47 families, 200-plus people in two days, from two different properties without a place to live

Mohawks propose temporary Indigenous police for Wet’suwet’en territory

The RCMP has already committed to ending patrols along a critical roadway

Talks with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs enter second day

Federal and provincial ministers ready to extend discussions

Wet’suwet’en herreditary chiefs meet with provincial, federal ministers

Neither party speaking on the groundwork laid for tomorrow’s talks

Coastal GasLink agrees to two-day pause of pipeline construction in Morice River area

Work will stop once Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs begin talks with province and feds

UPDATE: Arrests made, tires slashed on patrol cars in northern B.C., says RCMP

But a Gitxsan hereditary chief says 14 were arrested, as fight over natural gas pipeline continues

Two law enforcement trucks ‘deliberately’ set on fire in northern B.C., RCMP say

Police say they have video evidence of a person in the area of the truck fires

B.C. mother, daughter return home after coronavirus quarantine in Asia

Jensine Morabito and her daughter were on Holland America’s Westerdam but did not catch the virus

Leap Year means we get an extra day in February, so how are you spending it?

People online have a number of suggestions and plans on how they will be spending Saturday

Greta sticker that drew outrage in Alberta not child pornography: RCMP

X-Site Energy Services has denied having anything to do with the stickers

Bald eagle hit by train in northern B.C. has a chance of survival

The raptor has been taken to OWL in the Lower Mainland for recovery

Cheslatta Carrier Nation and Rio Tinto sign a historic agreement

Co-operation crucial to stem dropping Nechako Reservoir level

Hundreds of B.C. firefighters ‘climb the wall’ for BC Lung Association

The charity fundraiser saw participants climbing up 48 storeys

Most Read