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Tyee Princess

Tyee Princess

Tyee Princess
Photo: twitter

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.

Tyee Princess
Photo: shipspotting.com
Akademik Ioffe

Akademik Ioffe

Akademik Ioffe

The 117 meter long passenger cruise ship Akademik Ioffe ran aground in the Gulf of Boothia near Kugaaruk, Nunavut, Canada. The vessel was on a cruise of the arctic with 160 passengers and crew when it struck bottom and sustained water ingress.  Authorities were alerted and dispatched two icebreakers and various aircraft to the scene.  Even with damage, the Akademik Ioffe was in stable condition and there were no injuries on board. 

Owners of the Akademik Ioffe dispatched another vessel, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, to the scene the following morning.  Aided by authorities, all passengers and some crew were transferred off the Akademik Ioffe to the Akademic Sergey Vavilov.  A small number of crew remained on board when the the passengers ship was refloated and proceeded to Kugaaruk where it anchored. No reports of pollution released.

George H. Ledcor

George H. Ledcor

George H. Ledcor
photo: vancouversun.com

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.