Strong Wind Runs a Bulker Aground, but Refloated



A vessel that reportedly ran aground near Newfoundland and Labrador has been freed.

What happened?

The ship is registered in Panama and is owned by Hong Kong-based company Pacific Basin Shipping Limited. The 190 metre vessel had no cargo on board and was carrying 580 metric tonnes of fuel, says Crann.

The ship was headed toward Argentia to pick up a load of scrap steel when it ran aground.

On Saturday evening, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said that the bulk carrier Kure Harbour was freed from a shoal near Argentia.

The vessel ran aground in Placentia Bay Saturday morning.

No pollution reported:

DFO spokesperson Sam Whiffen says the ship is under its own power and no pollution or injuries have been reported.

The owner of the Kure Harbour is arranging to have divers examine the hull for damage.

Larry Crann, a senior response officer with the Canadian Coast Guard, says the vessel was lifting its anchor when strong winds caused it to run aground.

Tug deployed to free ship:

A tug boat secured a towline to the Kure Harbour, with a second tug and a pilot boat on standby, says Crann. He said the coast guard monitored the situation as crews waited for rising tides to free the ship.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says it is sending investigators to assess the incident.

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Source: CBC


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