Severe Weather Prevents Spill Clean-Up

Posted by on Saturday, October 22, 2016

Rough weather off the British Columbia Coast is hampering the response to a diesel spill near Bella Bella, where a US-registered tugboat ran aground last week.

The boats tasked with clean-up has been ordered to stand down for three consecutive days.

Although there were teams on shore working on the clean-up as well, they had to be evacuated by helicopter due to severe weather.

The owner of stricken tugboat, the Nathan E Stewart, has apologized for the diesel spill.

The Nathan E Stewart was built in 2001. The gross tonnage is 302. 

The tugboat ran aground at Edge Reef in Seaforth Channel, Bella Bella Island early in the morning Oct 13, while en route from Alaska to Vancouver. 



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