Location: Chedabucto Bay, Nova Scotia

Case number: 120-681

In late September 2015, the Administrator was informed that the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) was investigating a report of oil sheens near the location where the tanker Arrow sank in 1970 after grounding in Chedabucto Bay, Nova Scotia. The oil slicks – estimated at 10 litres – were spotted by a Transport Canada pollution patrol aircraft.

By way of additional background information, it was on February 4, 1970, that the oil tanker SS ARROW, carrying almost 17,000 tonnes of Bunker “C” fuel oil, went aground in Chedabucto Bay, Nova Scotia. The Arrow subsequently broke in two and sank. Approximately, 10,000 tonnes of oil escaped from the tanker, contaminating the water and beaches of the Chedabucto Bay area. In the immediate aftermath of the sinking about 4,000 tonnes of oil were recovered, leaving over 6,000 tonnes remaining trapped in the ship’s cargo tanks. After the Arrow incident, major amendments were made to the Canada Shipping Act. The principles of liability and compensation established by these amendments largely remain in force to this day.

At the end of the current fiscal year, Coast Guard informed the Administrator that it has taken measures to remove the accessible bunker “C” oil from the wreck leaving only small amounts of residue oil. On March 31, 2016, the Administrator closed this report file.