Bunkering tanker Arca 1 ran aground in Canada

Arca 1 ran agroundThe bunkering tanker Arca 1 ran aground near Little Pond, Canada. The vessel stuck at the rocky shallow in Gulf of St Lawrence after engine failure and losing propulsion power. The accident happened in rough weather and heavy winds, which adrifted the vessel towards coast of Nova Scotia. The ship hardly stuck into the rocky shallow and was in danger from capsizing. The Canadian Coast Guard dispatched rescue boat and evacuated all the crew from the grounded bunkering tanker. There were no reported oil leaks, but on board of the vessel there are about 15 tons of fuel. The Canadian Coast Guard’s environmental response group has taken over operations to try and mitigate any risk of pollution to the environment.

Fortunately during the accident there were no injured people and no reported water pollution. The local authorities are constantly monitoring the grounded tanker. The salvage operations will be considered after weather improves.

The bunkering tanker Arca 1 (IMO: 5411761) has overall length of 53.65 m, moulded beam of 12.80 m. and maximum draft of 2.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 1,317 DWT and the gross tonnage is 793 GRT. The ship was built in 1963 by Seaway Marine and Industrial at their shipyard in St Catharines, Canada. The owner and operator of the bunkering tanker Arca 1 is Mexican company Petroil Marine.

  1. Mexicans only hire idiots to navigate a boat. Only idiots !!!!!!

  2. Well the Captain is/ was? apparently American, with 5 Canadian crew…

  3. “…The president of the Seafarers’ Union International of Canada said the Arca 1 isn’t designed for long ocean voyages and he can’t understand why it was sailing on the open sea.

    “It’s a very small ship. It’s used only for harbour bunkering. I was shocked when I saw it actually had run aground on the coast because I couldn’t figure out what it was doing on the coast,” James Given said Monday.

    “It’s not a ship that should be there.”

    He said investigators should find out why the “underpowered” ship was “sailing into a gale” and make sure similar vessels are not allowed to do the same.

    “In two years from now, we’ll be able to find out what they recommend … followup isn’t the problem. It’s being proactive is what needs to be done.”

    ‘They should have used tugs’

    Arca 1 was last used in the Port of Montreal to ferry bunker fuel or diesel to other ships anchored in the port. Previously, it ran fuel to Sarnia, Ont., by way of the Great Lakes.

    Patrice Caron sailed on the ship in the early 1990s.

    “I recall the vessel is meant — was, and is still meant — for inland waters, which usually doesn’t allow for going outside [them]. Like sending this vessel to sea was kind of suicidal to me,” he said.

    “It’s a barge more than a ship. If they wanted it to go somewhere, they should have towed the vessel, they should have used tugs.”

    Caron, now an vice-president in the seafarers’ union, said the vessel should not have left Montreal without an escort.

    “This is just not meant for [these] kinds of weather.”…”

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