On August 13, the 60 foot long fishing vessel Sebastian Sails caught fire while berthed at Twillingate, Newfoundland, Canada. Witnesses spotted smoke rising from the wheelhouse and alerted authorities. Before authorities could respond, the blaze had spread through out the vessel. Explosions and dense black smoke rose from the hull. Nearby fishing vessels were moved safely away from the Sebastian Sails. The fire continued to spread and reached the wharf itself. To reach the burning wharf timbers, fire fighters had to break through concrete and asphalt to reach the flames. After hours of hard work firefighters eventually got the fire under control, but the Sebastian Sails sustained heavy damage.
The superstructure of the fishing vessel had been badly gutted and the vessel later sank at the pier. Authorities state over 50 feet of wharf had been burnt by the fire. No reports of injuries. Booms were placed around the Sebastian Sails to contain any pollution released. Several reports state the Sebastian Sails may be a total loss. The vessel featured on the Canadian Discovery Channel’s TV program Cold Water Cowboys for four seasons.
The 162 meter long, 17088 dwt chemical tanker Travestern allided the 161 meter long, 17083 dwt chemical tanker Havelstern off Lewisporte, Newfoundland, Canada. The Travestern had struck the anchored Havelstern while maneuvering to transfer fuel. The Travestern sustained hull damage resulting in a large hole in its superstructure. The Havelstern sustained damage to its stern above the waterline. No reports of injuries or pollution released from either vessel.
Both vessels will be surveyed for damage. Canadian authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.
The 190 meter long, 55832 dwt bulk carrier Kure Harbour ran aground in Placentia Bay near Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. The Kure Harbour was lifting its anchor when strong winds caused the bulk carrier to be pushed aground. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
A Canadian Coast Guard vessel was on site and a pollution response team was headed to the scene. Multiple tugs were also on scene and have attached towlines to the bulk carrier. The tugs plan to pull the Kure Harbour free on the next high tide.
Reports state the vessel was in good shape and no reports of water ingress. The Kure Harbour had some 580 tonnes of fuel oil on board at the time of the grounding.