Zidell Marine 277 & Jake Shearer (2017)

LOCATION: Goose Island, British Columbia

Case number: 120-732-R

The Incident
On November 26, 2017, the US registered tug Jake Shearer (497 GT) was pushing the fuel barge Zidell Marine 277 in Queen Charlotte Sound, southwest of Bella Bella, British Columbia, when the barge became separated from the tug and went adrift in rough weather conditions. The barge was loaded with 468,000 litres of gasoline and 3.5 million litres of diesel. Crewmembers from the tug were able to board the barge and drop its anchor near Goose Island.

Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) environmental emergency response resources were dispatched and another tug, the Gulf Cajun, was able to connect to the barge the next day and continue the voyage.

Measures taken by the Administrator
When advised of this incident, the Administrator instructed the in-house counsel to inquire about the potential claimants and potential amount of their claims and appointed an external counsel to obtain a security from the shipowners/insurers, as provided under section 102 of the Marine Liability Act.

The Claim
No claim has been filed with the Administrator.

The file remains open.