Cargo ship leaves Ogden Point and another takes its place

When the Eleni left, the 748-foot bulk carrier CSL Tecumseh moved into Ogden Point.

The GSL Eleni container ship sailed out of its berth at Ogden Point on Tuesday morning, heading southeast off the west side of Widbey Island.

Its maneuverability was restricted as it traveled at 0.6 knots early Tuesday evening, according to the, a global ship tracking website.

The 984-foot container ship was escorted by tug on Jan. 1 into Ogden Point after losing its rudder. Carrying containers stacked six deep, it had been originally heading for Japan, but lost its steering off Tofino. Six tugs escorted it to safety in Victoria.

When the Eleni left, the 748-foot bulk carrier CSL Tecumseh moved into Ogden Point. It had been at Port McNeill and experienced a mechanical issue on Dec. 25

The Tecumseh, with a tug at its side, first moored off Royal Roads University, where it was met by the Hon. Henry Jackman, another bulk carrier. The Tecumseh’s cargo of gravel aggregate was loaded onto the Henry Jackman.

By early evening Tuesday, the Henry Jackman was east of Santa Cruz Island off California.

The Tecumseh will remain at Ogden Point until it can be moved to Victoria Shipyards, which uses the federally owned Esquimalt Graving Dock, said Ian Robertson, chief executive of the Greater Victoria Harbor Authority. It could be at Odgen Point until mid-February, he said.

“Obviously we are happy to support these ships that are at in need of repair and caught in an urgent situation,” Robertson said.

“We are fortunate that we have three large berths and we were able to accommodate it.”

Being able to take in large vessels shows the diversity of the port, he said. “We are more than just a cruise terminal and we have got other ways we can support the working harbour.”

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