Location: Port Saunders, Newfoundland

Case number: 120-687

On March 29, 2016, the Administrator was informed by the Canadian Coast Guard that the fishing vessel Stelie II was a potential oil pollution threat in the harbour of Port Saunders, Newfoundland. The 90-foot vessel, built in 1963, had broken free of its moorings at the Northern Boat Repair facility and was causing damage to the dock. The vessel had a severe starboard list and was taking on water. The local authorities were concerned that there was fuel oil on board which would cause pollution.

Coast Guard personnel proceeded to Port Saunders to assess the situation. They met the vessel owner and advised him of his responsibility. The owner was also issued a Direction Order, but he did not respond as directed. Consequently, Coast Guard took the necessary measures to control the incident. The response personnel boarded the vessel and found that the engine room was nearly full of water. There was diesel fuel, lubricating oils, and other hydraulic oils on board, and oil on the ice around the wreck. The old wooden hull vessel was 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.

Coast Guard has informed the Administrator that a marine surveyor will be engaged to assess the value of the vessel.

A claim has not been received and the file remains open.