Location:  Howe Sound, British Columbia

Case number: 120-665

On November 12, 2014, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) informed the Administrator that the vessel Spudnik had broken its moorings and was adrift in Howe Sound, British Columbia. At the time there was a north wind of some 20 to 30 knots outflowing the Sound, which is almost entirely hemmed in by rugged mountains. The owner was unable to take any proper action. The vessel is an ex-US Navy landing ship of approximately 195 feet in length and 35 feet in breadth, constructed of welded steel and built in 1945. It was estimated that there were 5,000 litres of diesel fuel in tanks on board, and 1,500 litres of lube oil mixed with water in the engine room. CCG Emergency Response personnel hired a Seaspan tug to tow the vessel to New Westminster in the Fraser River for removal of the diesel and lube oils. On December 11, 2014, the Administrator learned that the cleaning of the vessel had been completed. The vessel was secured at the Valley Towing dock in the Fraser River, and it was incurring a daily moorage cost. As of the end of the current fiscal year, it appears that there will be no claim submitted to the SOPF, as the vessel has been cleaned of hydrocarbons.

On December 1, 2015, counsel asked Coast Guard about the status of its claim against the shipowner for the substantial expenses incurred in cleaning the Spudnik. In response Coast Guard advised that the matter is “in-hand” and that they are still dealing with the owner with respect to its claim. Meanwhile, the file remains open.