Capsized tugboat in Fraser River could contain up to 20,000L of fuel

Aug 14 2018, 4:15 pm

A capsized tugboat in the Fraser River has left city officials worried about the potential for an oil spill.

The boat, named the George H Ledcor, capsized early this morning near Deering Island, in the north arm of the river.

A statement from the Government of British Columbia declares that the vessel was capable of carrying approximately 22,000 litres of diesel.

Authorities wish to clarify, however, that “22,000 litres is the carrying capacity of the tug’s fuel tank.”

The actual amount of diesel that was in the tank is unknown. It’s also unknown whether any of its contents have spilt, although it’s a cause of concern for the city.

The Canadian Coast Guard has boomed the area and activated two additional tugs to stabilize the capsized boat.

The Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) is also on site, deploying absorbent pads.

The BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy has commented that they’re deploying resources to the incident.

A reason for why the tugboat capsized is still unknown.

more information to follow. 

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