LOCATION: Welland Canal, Ontario
Case number: 120-668-R
On February 3, 2015, the Canadian Coast Guard informed the Administrator that a former Fisheries and Oceans Canada Research vessel, the Navicula, sank at a Welland Canal marina in Port Weller, Ontario and was half-encased in ice. All that was visible was the edge of a hull and rusty mast. ShipShape Marina, which was handling the vessel, believed that ice had frozen in one of the intakes, burst and filled the boat with water. While the Navicula contained no fuel, an oil sheen, apparently residual engine oil, was observed at the incident location. Absorbent pads were used to contain the oil.
A salvor was contracted by ShipShape Marina to develop a salvage plan, and the Seaway Authority, which assumed the lead role in the response operation, monitored the situation.
No claim has been filed with the Administrator.
The file remains open.