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Tug sinks, spills fuel 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

A cleanup has been completed in Burrard Inlet after a tugboat sank. (REUTERS)

A cleanup has been completed in Burrard Inlet after a tugboat sank. (REUTERS)

Crews have finished cleaning fuel spilled from a moored tugboat that apparently sank on its own Sunday night in Burrard Inlet.

According to the Coast Guard, a light fuels spill crew was called after a 30-foot tugboat tied to dock sank during the night.

The Coast Guard said there was “no search and rescue concern” to the sinking at Pacific Coast Terminal in Port Moody.

The Western Canada Marine Response Corporation said it was called down to the scene Monday morning by Fraser River Pile and Dredge.

“One of their support tugs had sunk and since been recovered,” Michael Lowry, spokesman for WCMRC, said.

“We dispatched our response boat ... the crew arrived on scene and deployed 350 feet of general purpose boom around FRPD’s pile-driving barge at Pacific Coast Terminals.”

Lowry said “there was no recoverable product,” but lots of “sheen” could be seen on the water. He added diesel, a light fuel, typically evaporates.

By the time WCMRC withdrew its crew Monday afternoon, FRPD was using pads and a boom to absorb the rest of the fuel, Lowry said.


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