Pacific Challenge (2013)
LOCATION: Pender Harbour, British Columbia
Case number: 120-635-R
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 vessel had approximately 25,000 litres of a mixture of diesel oil and seawater in its fuel tanks, some 400 litres of hydraulic oil, and a quantity of oily waste in the bilges.
The owner reported that hull deterioration was the cause for the slow ingress of water; however, he was unable to respond appropriately to the incident. CCG attended the vessel and removed the accessible hydrocarbons to ensure that should the Pacific Challenge sink, there would be no oil pollution damage to the marine environment.
No claim has been filed with the Administrator.
The file remains open.