The 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.