John I to be towed to Argentia

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Plans were underway Tuesday to tow the John I to Argentia to assess the ship’s damage.

A member of a salvage crew climbs aboard the abandoned bulk
carrier John I Tuesday near Rose Blanche.

The 600-foot bulk carrier was headed to Montreal when engine failure caused the vessel to run aground in shoal water off Rose Blanche during the weekend. Changing winds freed the ship Monday.

A crew from Svitzer Salvage, an international salvage company, and a tow master boarded the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) George R. Pearkes Tuesday and were taken to the John I. The crew was making preparations to secure a tow hookup with two tugs, the Ryan Leet and the Atlantic Fir.

Their plan is to bring the John I to Argentia, where it can be assessed for damage.

The George R. Pearkes will stand by and continue to monitor the vessel.

Two surveillance flights Tuesday did not detect any oil pollution.

The CCGS Earl Grey picked up oil response equipment Monday and was scheduled to depart Port aux Basques Tuesday to accompany the tow.

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard

Geographic location: Montreal, Rose Blanche, Port aux Basques

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