LOCATION: Pender Harbour, British Columbia

Case number: 120-635

On June 27, 2013, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) informed the Administrator that the ex-tug Pacific Challenge was in danger of sinking at its anchorage off Pender Harbour, British Columbia. The owner reported that hull deterioration was the cause for the slow ingress of water, but that he was unable to respond to the incident.

The Coast Guard Environmental Response personnel investigated and found that the derelict vessel contained approximately 25,000 litres of a mixture of diesel oil and sea water in its fuel tanks. There was also some 400 litres of hydraulic oil on board, and a quantity of oily waste in the bilges. The tug owner was unable or unwilling to respond appropriately. Therefore, at the time of the report, the Coast Guard was in the process of trying to ensure that in the event the tug sank, there would be no oil pollution damage to the marine environment. As of the end of the fiscal year, no claim has been filed with the Fund. Meanwhile, the file remains open.