Stellar Sea (2016)

LOCATION: Tofino, British Columbia

Case number: 120-743-R

The Incident
On October 1, 2016, while on a wildlife sightseeing expedition, the small passenger vessel Stellar Sea (27.89 GRT) grounded on a charted rock near Warn Bay, Vancouver Island B.C. Within about an hour the passengers and crew were evacuated by other sightseeing boats and brought to safety.

On October 2, 2016, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) arrived on scene and secured an oil pollution boom around the vessel; they confirmed that there was no pollution at the time. On October 3, the owner’s company technicians made temporary repairs to the hull of the Stellar Sea and refloated the vessel which was then towed to a nearby port of refuge for further inspection and repairs.

The file remains open.