In December, 2000, the 127,000 gross ton Panamanian flagged,
1976 built, tanker MT Eastern Power
began leaking some of its 1.9 million barrels
of crude oil, while en route to Come-by-Chance,
Newfoundland from Egypt.
Less than a week later after the tanker's hull
developed a crack causing the initial leak,
rough waters off Newfoundland damaged the ship again
without affecting either the structural integrity of the vessel or its seaworthiness.
The crude oil was contained on board
by transferring thousands of barrels of the cargo
from the damaged tank to another tank.
Refuge in Canada was requested
to discharge the cargo and effect repairs.
Transport Canada instructed the vessel
not to enter Canada's 200-nautical mile EEZ
until the master could prove the ship was not leaking any more oil.
Canadian authorities sent an aircraft to videotape the ship,
and decided it was too dangerous
to let the vessel come any closer to the coast
as they were worried that seabirds and fish stocks would be put at risk.
The ship was stranded [sic] about 500 kms
southeast of Newfoundland for several days.
Transport Canada later allowed the ship
to enter Canadain waters under strict conditions.
The crew agreed to transfer all remaining oil
from the leaking tank into other storage tanks
and assured the government no more oil
would be spilled.
Later the ship's manager (World Wide Shipping Agency of Singapore)
instructed the captain to leave Canadian wateers
and head south towqard the Caribbean,
where the cargo was eventually discharged
and sold at St. Eustatius, Netherland Antilles.