King Arthur & SL 104 (2016)

LOCATION: Mamquam Blind Channel, Squamish, British Columbia

Case number: 120-689-R

The Incident
On April 14, 2016, the Administrator was informed by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) of an incident, that occurred on April 10, 2016, involving two barges, the S.L. 104, which was listing, and the King Arthur in the Mamquam Blind Channel, BC. The incident constituted a threat of pollution. The owner of the barges being no longer able to control the situation, CCG took control of the response. Booms were deployed to contain any potential release of pollution. Environment and Climate Change Canada provided sensitivity mapping products for the area around the barges.

Transport Canada Marine Safety was on scene. CCG hired AMIX Marine Services to evaluate the stability of the King Arthur, and an additional independent surveyor to oversee the assessment. Western Canada Marine Response Corporation was also contracted to provide additional resources on standby. On April 15, the King Arthur was moved away from the Squamish shoreline and secured to a local spud barge to prevent grounding and the possibility of hull damage at low tide.

An important quantity of solid waste was removed and approximately 135,700 litres of oily liquids were pumped from the King Arthur. All of the waste was transferred onto another barge for sampling.

On July 27, 2016, CCG confirmed that the King Arthur had been deconstructed.

Measures taken by the Administrator
On June 7, 2016, the Administrator engaged a firm to complete a locate and asset search on the King Arthur’s owner.

The Claim
No claim had been received by the Administrator as of March 31, 2018.

The file remains open.

Related file
Spudnik (2014), Case number: 120-665-C1 (same owner)