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Tugboat Carrying 22,000 Litres Of Oil Capsizes In Vancouver’s Fraser River


There is potential for a massive oil spill in the Fraser River after a tugboat capsized in it.

The vessel was sailing down the waterway on Tuesday, August 14th at 1 am in the morning when it overturned and sank.

What’s more, it carried a large tank onboard with 22,000 litres of diesel. As a result, a significant amount of fuel could spill into the river.

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The Canadian Coast Guard set up a red containment boom around the boat, and two other tugboats were sent in.

Western Canada’s Marine Response Division also arrived at the scene and deployed sorbent pads into the water. They have since removed them and are currently standing by.

Tugboat Capsizes

Known as the George H. Ledcor, the boat was carrying four crew when it overturned; however, all of them were recused by a nearby tugboat.


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