- MV Alaskaborg led for St. John’s following what’s been considered an unexpected fuel spill.
- Transport Canada has led the MV Alaskaborg to proceed to a port in St. John’s after 30,000 litres of heavy fuel had been spilled into the ocean off Newfoundland’s south coast.
30,000 liters of fuel pumped into the ocean:
The Canadian Coast Guard reports that 30,000 litres of heavy fuel has been spilled into the ocean off Newfoundland’s south coast, and the cargo ship liable for the happening is steaming toward St. John’s.
Transport Canada has led the MV Alaskaborg to move to a port in St. John’s, and the coast guard ship Ann Harvey is watching its headway, a coast guard official noted in a statement to CBC News late Friday afternoon.
“We persist in working with the proprietor on the result of a proper response plan to ensure a fair and appropriate response to the pollution happening,” the report reads. Source – cbc.ca
Federal officials approved Friday morning that an “accidental pollution happening” had occurred in the waters off the south coast of Newfoundland.
Federal officials approved Friday morning that an “accidental pollution happening” had occurred in the waters off the south coast of Newfoundland. Source – cbc.ca
The coast guard told the ship’s fuel tank was pierced during heavy sea circumstances by Friday afternoon, letting some 30,000 litres of a fuel leak into the ship’s bilge. The oil-water mix was then pumped overboard.
The Alaskaborg is a 143-meter ship constructed in China in 2012 and is owned by a firm called Royal Wagenborg, headquartered in The Netherlands.
The vessel was traveling between Baie Comeau, Quebec, and the Dutch city Rotterdam.
According to a report from the firm, the spill was found after daylight on Thursday morning, and the incident was directly informed to authorities in Canada and The Netherlands. Initially, the ship was instructed to prevent some 100 nautical miles south of Cape Race.