Motor Corp. says a ship carrying more than 4,700 Canadian- and U.S.-bound Mazda vehicles from Japan nearly capsized July 27 and now rests on its side off the Alaskan coast.
The 645-ft. (199-m) cargo vessel, Mitsui OSK Lines’ Cougar Ace, was en route to a port in Vancouver, Canada, and U.S. ports in Tacoma, WA, and Hueneme, CA. All 23 crewmembers were rescued.
Some 60% of the vehicles on board are Mazda3s and about 30% are CX-7 cross/utility vehicles, the auto maker says. The extent of vehicle damage is yet to be determined.
A plan to salvage the vessel currently is being developed and will be executed by Mitsui OSK lines as soon as possible,says.