The Giuseppe Lembo is escorted into the Prince Rupert harbour.

The Giuseppe Lembo is escorted into the Prince Rupert harbour.

Massive ship docked in Prince Rupert harbour for repairs

There was a rather large visitor to Northland Terminal this week as the cape-class Giuseppe Lembo pulled into the Prince Rupert harbour.

There was a rather large visitor to Northland Terminal this week as the cape-class Giuseppe Lembo pulled into the Prince Rupert harbour.

The coal ship, measuring 971 feet and weighing 172, 639 tonnes, was escorted into the dock for some major maintenance.

“There was a crack in the hull, which the crew observed during a routine inspection on its way to Prince Rupert. Upon arrival it anchored in one of our outer anchorages and an assessment was done to see if we had the resources in Prince Rupert in terms of tugs, pilots and repair ability to fix it here in town,” explained Prince Rupert Port Authority Manager of Corporate Communications Michael Gurney.

“The good news is that, within the span of one business day, we knew what the plan was and that we had the talent and equipment here to do the work.”

When the ship arrived on Thursday Gurney said he expected it to take five to 10 days to repair depending on what was discovered during a closer inspection of the hull.

The ship is the largest to dock at Northland Terminal. In comparison, the Norwegian Star is 965 feet and weighs in at 91,740 tonnes.