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Reply underway after fuel spill on Newfoundland’s south coast

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Coast guard tells MV Alaskaborg has been instructed to thwart southeast of Cape Race.
  • The Canadian Coast Guard probes a potential spill of oily bilge into the ocean off Newfoundland’s south coast concerning the Netherlands flagged general cargo ship Alaskaborg.

Fuel spill on South Coast: 

The Canadian Coast Guard is proving that a reply is underway following what’s being called an “unexpected pollution happening” in the waters off the south coast of Newfoundland.

A Dutch-flagged cargo ship named MV Alaskaborg has been instructed to block in its place some 100 nautical miles south of Cape Race after the vessel sustained damage to a fuel tank in a mild climate, a coast guard representative noted in a report Friday morning to CBC News.

No damages were registered, and the basis of the leak has been ceased.

The coast guard did not assess what kind of fuel was spilled into the sea or in what amounts.

Canadian authorities were informed of the spill on Thursday.

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The Canadian Coast Guard ship Ann Harvey is on the path to the location, and a management flight is scheduled.

Alaskaborg is a 143-meter ship constructed in China in 2012, and according to an online search, it is possessed by Royal Wagenborg, a firm based in the Netherlands.

CBC News has asked for comments from the firm.

According to the coast guard, Royal Wagenborg has been instructed to deliver a response plan, and the proprietor has also hired a Transport Canada-certified spill response firm.

“Our highly trained environmental response experts are watching to provide the owner conducts a suitable response to mitigate the threat to the aquatic environment,” the report reads. Source –

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