LOCATION: Bella Bella, British Columbia
Case number: 120-697
On October 15, 2016, the Administrator was advised by Coast Guard that the tug Nathan E. Stewart and barge DBL 55 ran aground on October 13 at the entrance to Sea Forth Channel, near Bella Bella, British Columbia. The barge was empty of cargo and moved to a safe anchorage. The fuel tanks on the tug were breached and contained approximately 59,924 gallons of diesel oil. A Unified Command and Incident Management Team was stood up at Heiltsuk Nation Tribal Council Chambers. The Administrator engaged a local marine expert to provide her with advice. The Administrator and the CCG received a LOU from the ship’s insurer on December 16, 2016. A claim has not been received. The file remains open.