On June 19, the 294 meter long container ship MSC Fabienne ran aground on the St. Lawrence River just downriver from Montreal, Canada. The MSC Fabienne had departed from Montreal en route to Gioia Tauro when it suffered engine failure. Without power, the vessel drifted until ran aground. River traffic was obstructed a short time until tugs were able to free the vessel later that night. The tugs towed the MSC Fabienne where it could be moored while No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The 168 meter long, 3067 dwt ro-ro passenger ferry Spirit of Vancouver Island allided with the dock at Tsawwassen, British Columbia, Canada. The ferry was attempting to berth when it struck the dock. The ferry’s bow ramp was damage and required to be cut away to allow vehicles to be unloaded. Reports state the Spirit of Vancouver Island had to cancel several scheduled crossings until repairs could be completed. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
On March 7, the 70 foot long wooden fishing vessel Pacific Pearl sank off Naden Harbour, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. The crew had alerted authorities that the trawler had sprung a leak and the pumps were unable to control the flooding. The RCMP and Canadian Coast Guard responded sending vessels to the scene. Rescuers arrived and placed dewatering pumps on the Pacific Pearl and safely transferred all 5 crew off the fishing vessel. The Pacific Pearl was taken under tow, but the pumps were unable to keep up with the flooding. The Pacific Pearl sank and a red buoy was placed over the wreck. No reports of injuries.