Day: April 8, 2017

Vengeance

Vengeance

Vengeance
Photo: uscg

On April 7, the 112 foot long tanker-barge Vengeance was found capsized and later sunk in San Francisco Bay near Oakland, California. The barge was loaded with 4000 gallons of diesel fuel and 300 gallons of hydraulic oil sank in 50 feet of water between Treasure Island and Oakland near the Bay Bridge. No one was on board the vessel when it capsized. No reports of injuries.

A slick of diesel fuel was spotted on the surface over the wreck. Authorities deployed some 3,000 feet of boom to help contain the pollution. No official report on how much fuel had been released. Both state authorities and the Coast Guard are monitoring the site.

Divers were called to perform an inspection of the sunken tanker-barge and plug the fuel vents to impede any further release of diesel fuel or hydraulic fluid.

Local reports state the vessel may have capsized due to the high winds in the bay the night before. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.

Kure Harbour

Kure Harbour

Kure Harbour
Photo: cbc.ca

The 190 meter long, 55832 dwt bulk carrier Kure Harbour ran aground in Placentia Bay near Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. The Kure Harbour was lifting its anchor when strong winds caused the bulk carrier to be pushed aground. No reports of injuries or pollution released.

A Canadian Coast Guard vessel was on site and a pollution response team was headed to the scene. Multiple tugs were also on scene and have attached towlines to the bulk carrier. The tugs plan to pull the Kure Harbour free on the next high tide.

Reports state the vessel was in good shape and no reports of water ingress. The Kure Harbour had some 580 tonnes of fuel oil on board at the time of the grounding.