The 53 meter long, 1317 dwt bunker tanker Arca 1 ran aground off Cape Breton near Little Pond, Nova Scotia. The tanker was en route to Sydney, Nova Scotia in stormy seas when it suffered engine failure. Without power, the Arca 1 was quickly blown ashore until it rested just off the shoreline.
The crew sent out a distress call and requested assistance. A few hours later, the six crew on board were airlifted to safety by a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter. No reports of injuries.
Reports state the the tanker is hard aground, but has not suffered any hull damage and no signs of pollution. The Arca 1 had some 15 tons of fuel on board at the time of the grounding. The Coast Guard is monitoring the situation and has a response group ready to mitigate any pollution released.
On February 15, the fishing vessel Don Cadegan ran aground and sank off Murder Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. The vessel had left West Punico only three hours before it ran aground. The three crew on board were rescued by other fishing vessels in the area. No reports of injuries. The Don Cadegan remained visible during low tide, but only the rigging was visible on the rising tide. The Canada Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the incident.
The fishing vessel Shawn and Gary found itself in dire condition off Liverpool, Nova Scotia. The Shawn and Gary had just started fishing a few hours after lobster season started when it suffered a leak and began to sink. The two crew on board sent out a distress call before having to abandon ship into the vessel’s life raft. The two men were quickly rescued by the nearby fishing boat Patty and Andy. No reports of injuries. The Canadian Coast Guard vessel G. Peddle arrived on scene a short time later. The Shawn and Gary was last reported as submerged with just a small portion of the bow above water. The cause of the sinking was not reported.