Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tugboat Prepares to Tow Russian Cargo Ship Into Sheltered Waters

A tugboat arrived Saturday night to tow the disabled Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel further away from Canada's British Columbia shores and into more sheltered waters, a spokesperson with the Canadian Forces' Joint Rescue Coordination Center said.
"When they get the vessel under tow, they'll first head in a northwesterly direction and get it further from the coastline and eventually into more sheltered waters to the north of Haida Gwaii… Then a decision will be made on where to take it," Navy Lt. Pendergast told Canadian TV news channel CTVNews.

He said the Barbara Foss tugboat arrived in the area after 5 p.m. local time and was hooking onto the drifting Simushir vessel.

Officials said there was no risk of the ship hitting rocks after it was moved 24 nautical miles (44 kilometers) away from the rocky shore. Fears were it could spill its cargo of 400 metric tons of bunker fuel and 60 metric tons of diesel, triggering an environmental disaster.
On Friday, British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak said "the province is also contacting its partners in the B.C. Pacific States Oil Spill Task Force both to notify them of the risk and to ask them to provide mutual aid as needed based on the outcome of efforts to restore power to the vessel".

The Simushir carrier ship, with a crew of 11, was going from the US state of Washington to Russia when it lost power on Friday morning. The captain was injured and rescued from the vessel.

British Columbia still remembers the massive oil spill that occurred near Alaska in 1989, when Exxon Valdez oil tanker struck Bligh Reef and spilled 260,000 to 750,000 barrels of crude oil over the next days.
(RIA Novosti)
19/10/14
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2 comments:

  1. A Russian fuel-laden container ship is drifting at a safe distance from the rocky Canadian shore and presents no risk of a fuel spill, Royal Canadian Navy Lt. Greg Menzies said late on Saturday....

    There is currently no risk of the Simushir cargo ship hitting rocks after it was towed 24 nautical miles (44 kilometers) away from Canada's British Columbia shore, Associated Press reports.

    The vessel is reported to be loaded with some 400 metric tons of bunker fuel and 60 metric tons of diesel, and therefore could potentially present an environmental hazard.

    On Friday, British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak said in a statement published on the province's official website that "the province is also contacting its partners in the B.C. Pacific States Oil Spill Task Force both to notify them of the risk and to ask them to provide mutual aid as needed based on the outcome of efforts to restore power to the vessel".

    The Simushir carrier ship, with a crew of 11, was going from the US state of Washington to Russia when it lost power on Friday morning. The captain was injured and rescued from the vessel.

    British Columbia still remembers the massive oil spill that occurred near Alaska in 1989, when Exxon Valdez oil tanker struck Bligh Reef and spilled 260,000 to 750,000 barrels of crude oil over the next days.
    http://en.ria.ru/world/20141019/194279938/Russian-Cargo-Ship-Drifting-at-Safe-Distance-off-Canada-Shore.html

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  2. Disabled Russian cargo ship secured, rescue operation officially over...

    A disabled Russian cargo ship was en route to port in British Columbia for repairs and the rescue operation was declared officially over Sunday. Now the debate begins.

    In the end, the Simushir was secured but with a battle already brewing over oil tanker safety off the West Coast, the incident raised questions about the response to the vessel drifting since Thursday near the coast of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, a marine sanctuary off the North Coast.

    "It was luck," Peter Lantin, president of the Haida Nation, said Sunday of the crisis averted..........Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/disabled-russian-cargo-ship-secured-rescue-operation-officially-over-1.2060574#ixzz3GejB4zu6
    19/10/14

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