According to DFO, Friday morning the 600 foot bulk carrier John 1 lost power and began drifting parallel to the shoreline on the southern coast of Newfoundland.
At that time the vessel was not in danger, and had hired a tug, the Ryan Leet, out of Mulgrave, Nova Scotia to assist.
The tug was due to arrive sometime Saturday. As overnight winds shifted, the John 1 began drifting towards the coastline.
On Saturday morning JRCC ordered a Cormorant Helicoptor from 103 Sqn Gander to go on standby in Stephenville and a Cormorant from CFB Greenwood to go on standby in Sydney. A Hercules from Greenwood was also tasked.
Friday evening, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tasked the CCGS Earl Grey to the area for assistance, and it arrived on scene Saturday morning.
The CCGS Earl Grey attempted several times to connect a tow line to the vessel to prevent it from running aground. These attempts were unsuccessful and just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the John 1 ran aground approximately 600 feet offshore and about 1.6 km from the community of Rose Blanche.
The CCGS Earl Grey remains on-scene and the CCGS Pierre Radisson is enroute. She is expected on scene at about 6 p.m. Saturday.
The MV John 1 is registered in Panaman and was enroute to Montreal from Spain when its engine failed.
The crew has been taken off the vessel.
The Canadian Coast Guard has activated its Environmental Response center in St. John's. Environmental Response Officers, a mobile command centre and response equipment are already enroute to Rose Blanche.
The Canadian Coast Guard is working with Environment Canada and Transport Canada to respond to this incident.