SEATTLE, WA, Nov. 27, 2017 /CNW/ - On Sunday, November 26 at approximately 5 pm Pacific time an incident began when the articulated tug and barge, tug JAKE SHEARER and barge ZIDELL MARINE 277, reported a series of extreme waves hitting the vessels broadside while traveling northbound south of Goose Island, British Columbia. The large waves caused an alignment problem between the tug and barge and the unit was separated.
The barge was safely anchored approximately one mile from shore in 200 foot depth of water. No damage or contact with any shoreline or vessel occurred, and no environmental pollution has occurred or is suspected. The tug GULF CAJUN was dispatched and towed the barge to safe harbor with the JAKE SHEARER and the Canadian Coast Guard vessel GORDON REID escorting.
The double-hulled barge is loaded with approximately 67,000 barrels of diesel and 11,000 barrels of regular gasoline. The tug is loaded with approximately 2,500 barrels of diesel fuel.
"Harley Marine is working in cooperation with the Canadian Coast Guard, the Heiltsuk First Nation and provincial and federal government agencies to safely address the incident involving the JAKE SHEARER and barge. We are committed to successfully resolving this incident," said Captain Rich Softye, Deputy Incident Commander for Harley Marine.
The JAKE SHEARER and barge will be anchored in Norman Morrison Bay until it is determined safe for the vessels to proceed.
SOURCE Harley Marine
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