Grounded bunkering tanker Arca 1 was refloated from Cape Breton coast

Arca 1 agroundThe grounded bunkering tanker Arca 1 was refloated from the shallow waters near Little Pond, Canada. The refloating was done at high tide after pumping out of 300 tons of ballast water from the vessel. The ship was towed to safe depth by two tugs and then docked at port of Sydney, where will be detained for special survey and inspection. There were no reported leaks and there was no information about underwater breaches. The bunkering tanker Arca 1 was under ballast during grounding with 9 tons of fuel on board, which was secured before refloating in case of further damages. The area of grounding is under monitoring for water pollution and any leaks, but no environment accident was reported.

The present owner of the tanker is Mexican company Petroil Marine, which bought tanker and was relocating her to Mexico. The vessel was under ballast, which prevented additional environmental problems and explains the main concern that vessel is coastal freighter, but grounded away from shore.

The owner will cover all the salvage costs. Into the accident were envolved 100 people, several government agencies, harbour authorities and salvage company McKeil Marine.

The bunkering tanker Arca 1 (IMO: 5411761) has length of 53.65 m, beam of 12.80 m. and summer draft of 2.50 m. The deadweight of the ship 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.

More about the accident:
Bunkering tanker Arca 1 ran aground in Canada [09/01]