The 38 meter long former barge Tyee Princess caught fire while being scrapped at Surrey, British Columbia. Workers were cutting the walls with blow torches when some insulation caught fire. Dense black smoke was released into the air around the Tyee Princess. The local fire brigade was contacted and extinguished the blaze. No reports of injuries. The Tyee Princess was built in 1945 and converted into a coastal freighter after 1974. The vessel was later donated to the Maritime Heritage Society of Vancouver.
On August 14, the 18 meter long tugboat George H. Ledcor sank on the Fraser River between Vancouver and Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The tug was towing a gravel barge when it suddenly capsized and sank. The four crew on board were thrown into the water and later rescued by a nearby tug. No reports of injuries.
A sheen was spotted over the sunken tug as diesel fuel is released. Authorities place booms around the wreck site and divers are dispatched to plug fuel vents on the tugboat. Reports state the George H. Ledcor had nearly 22,000 litres of fuel on board at the time of the sinking.
A crane barge was dispatched to raise the George H. Ledcor from the bottom. The Canadian Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
The 18 meter long passenger vessel Magic Charm caught fire while moored in Coal Harbour, Vancouver, British Columbia. Local fire fighters were called as dense plumes of smoke poured from the vessel’s superstructure. The fire fighters were eventually able to bring the blaze under control. No reports of injuries. The Magic Charm sustained significant damage. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state the cause of the fire was no yet determined.