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 112 year old, 74 foot tugboat Elf sank twice in three days. The first was in Mamquam Blind Channel in Squamish on January 14. The tug spilt some 1500 litres of diesel fuel and lubricant oil. The Coast Guard placed booms around the sunken vessel to contain the pollution. The Elf was later raised using a barge and crane. It was surveyed and no cause for the sinking was determined. The Elf was taken under tow and was headed to a shipyard on the Fraser River when the tug sank again off Point Atkinson, British Columbia. The tugboat sank and rests some 120 meters below the surface. No reports of injuries. Reports state the cause of the sinkings remains unknown.
A 52 foot tugboat sank on the Fraser River on January 22 near Richmond, British Columbia. The tugboat had been at anchor when the vessel anchor dragged allowing the vessel to go adrift. The vessel drifted until it collided with a piling and began to take on water. The tug eventually sank. No reports of injuries. A small amount of pollution was released.
On January 20, a tugboat and coal barge sank on the Batanghari River near Jambi, Indonesia. The tug and barge were proceeding down the river when the tug became unstable by the river current and capsized. The tug struck the barge and both sank. Two men were reported missing presumed lost.
The 56 meter long, 93 dwt oil recovery vessel Burrard Clean No. 9 went aground near the mouth of the Fraser River near Steveston, British Columbia. The Burrard Clean No. 9 struck an uncharted sandbar when it changed course to avoid collision with a ferry. No reports of injuires. The oil recovery vessel was able to refloat itself a short time later. No damage and no pollution was released. Reports state the Burrard Clean No. 9 safely proceeded to Vancouver.