Update: Ship aground off Rose Blanche elicits environmental response

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Environmental response for a ship that ran aground off Rose Blanche the weekend is underway.

The MV John I has been monitored since running aground Saturday.

According to DFO, the CCG Environmental Response Mobile Command Centre, along with senior response officers and equipment are expected in Rose Blanche Sunday evening. Included in the equipment is an offshore sweep system which is capable of responding to any pollutant release.

A Transport Canada over-flight this morning reported that no pollution has been seen. This supports reports from CCGS Earl Grey which is also monitoring the vessel and monitored the vessel overnight.

The owners have activated their agreement with the Eastern Canada Response Corporation which provide marine oil spill services and who are also on the scene with responders and equipment.

The owners have also engaged Svitzer, an international salvage company, to assess and salvage the vessel. A salvage team from the US and Netherlands is expected to arrive in Deer Lake this evening or overnight .

Friday morning the 600 foot bulk carrier MV John I lost power and began drifting parallel to the shoreline on the southern coast of Newfoundland. At that time the vessel was not in dange and had hired a tug, the Ryan Leet, out of Mulgrave, Nova Scotia.

As winds shifted, the CCGS Earl Grey attempted several times to connect a tow line to the vessel to prevent it from running aground. These attempts were unsuccessful and just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the John 1 ran aground approximately 600 feet offshore and about 1.6 km from the community of Rose Blanche.

The tug, Ryan Leet, which had been delayed due to ice conditions, arrived Sunday morning and is also on scene.

The  John I is registered in Panaman and was enroute to Montreal from Spain when its engine failed. The vessel is empty of freight but is carrying diesel, lube oil and intermediate oil.

A community liaison officer is already in the community of Rose Blanche to answer questions from residents and surrounding communities.

 

Earlier story:

The tug was due to arrive sometime Saturday. As overnight winds shifted, the John 1 began drifting towards the coastline.

 This morning JRCC ordered a Cormorant Helicoptor from 103 Sqn Gander to go on standby in Stephenville and a Cormorant from CFB Greenwood to go on standby in Sydney. A Hercules from Greenwood was also tasked.

Friday evening, the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre tasked the CCGS Earl Grey to the area for assistance, and it arrived on scene Saturday morning.

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The CCGS Earl Grey attempted several times to connect a tow line to the vessel to prevent it from running aground. These attempts were unsuccessful and just after 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the John 1 ran aground approximately 600 feet offshore and about 1.6 km from the community of Rose Blanche.

The CCGS Earl Grey remains on-scene and the CCGS Pierre Radisson is enroute. She is expected on scene at about 6 p.m. Saturday.

 The MV John 1 is registered in Panaman and was enroute to Montreal from Spain when its engine failed.

The crew has been taken off the vessel.

 The Canadian Coast Guard has activated its Environmental Response center in St. John's. Environmental Response Officers, a mobile command centre and response equipment are already enroute to Rose Blanche.

The Canadian Coast Guard is working with Environment Canada and Transport Canada to respond to this incident.

 

 

 

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