LOCATION: St. Mary’s Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
Case number: 120-695
The tug Matterhorn, a vessel fitted with 13 fuel tanks sunk while secured alongside another vessel at a marine facility at Mount Carmel, St. Mary’s Bay, Newfoundland on August 10, 2014. The tug was not in service, it was moored at the Miller Shipping Facility apparently awaiting repairs. The tug had been towed to Mount Carmel in 2011 and at the time had 15,000 litres of diesel onboard. At the time of sinking the vessel had 3,000 litres of fuel in the fuel tanks, 1,000 litres of fuel in the day tanks and an additional 1,250 litres of lube oils onboard.
Initially the owner provided inadequate booming and sorbents in the area and eventually ignored all further attempts by Coast Guard to communicate with him. During 2014 and 2015, the Coast Guard attended the site and provided ongoing response services and eventually assumed the role of On-Scene Commander.
The Coast Guard contracted Marine and Engineering Consultants to provide options to CCG to allow removal of pollutants from the vessel. Based on the options, CCG made the decision to remove the pollutants from the vessel in situ. Contractors completed the work on July 14, 2016. The tug remains on the bottom.
On August 9, 2016 the Coast Guard filed a claim with the Administrator for costs and expenses in the amount of $172,751.64. The Administrator found the amount of $172,751.64 to be established. Therefore on February 21, 2017 the Administrator made an offer of $172,751.64 plus interest in the amount of $8,456.76. The offer was accepted and the claim was paid.
A professional locator service was hired to complete an asset search of the vessel owner and in March of 2017, the Administrator engaged Counsel to commence recourse action against the vessel owner. In the interim the file remains open.