Stelie II (2016)

LOCATION: Port Saunders, Newfoundland

Case number: 120-687-R

The Incident
On March 24, 2016, the Stelie II, a 90-foot wooden fishing vessel, built in 1963, broke free of its moorings at the Northern Boat Repair facility in the harbour of Port Saunders, Newfoundland and was causing damage to the dock. The vessel had a severe starboard list and was taking on water. There was diesel fuel, lubricating oils and other hydraulic oils on board, and oil on the ice around the wreck. On March 29, 2016, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) informed the Administrator of the incident and advised that the Stelie II was a potential oil pollution threat in the harbour of Port Saunders.

The vessel owner was met by CCG, advised of his responsibility and issued a Direction Order, but did not respond to the incident as directed. Therefore, CCG took the necessary measures to control the incident. The response personnel, who boarded the vessel, found that the engine room was nearly full of water. The vessel was subsequently dewatered and removed from the water to prevent it from sinking altogether. When the wreck was placed on the wharf of the Northern Boat Repair Company, it was found to be damaged both on the bow and stern.

The Claim
No claim has been filed with the Administrator as yet.

The file remains open.

Related file
Baffin Sound (2015), Case number: 120-685-C1 (same owner)