Bunker Tanker Runs Aground Off Canadian East Coast

Monday January 9, 2017

Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans says no pollution resulted after a bunker tanker, the Panama-flagged Arca 1, grounded off Little Pond, Nova Scotia on Sunday, local news reports.

The vessel's six crew members are noted to have been successfully evacuated from the vessel, which is reported to have grounded after experiencing engine failure.

"The vessel's hull has not been compromised, and there's no report of pollution. There is approximately 15 tonnes of propulsion fuel on board," said Anne Miller, a regional director with the Canadian Coast Guard's Atlantic Region.

Following the crew's evacuation the coast guard's environmental response group is said to have taken over in order to "mitigate any risk of pollution to the environment."

The tanker is understood to be operated by Mexico's Petroil Marine.