No one injured in Vancouver Harbour ship collision: Transport Canada

Transport Canada says two ships collided in Vancouver Harbour Sunday after one lost power, but no one was injured and no pollutants were released.

The federal department said in a statement the bulk carrier MV Caravos Harmony lost power and collided with the MV Pan Acacia early Sunday morning. It said the Caravos Harmony, which had a coastal pilot onboard, was loaded with corn and sustained damage to its bow, while the Pan Acacia was waiting to load coal and had a hole on the port side of its hull above the water line.

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Both vessels were initially detained in port by Transport Canada until repairs and other followup actions were completed.

The Transportation Safety Board sent a team of investigators Monday to look into the incident.

“They’ll be inspecting the vessels, talking to crew members, talking to any other witnesses and people who may have information about the sequence of events and taking it from there,” said Board spokesman Chris Krepski.

The website Vesselfinder.com identifies the Pan Acacia as a 2010 cargo ship from Panama and the Caravos Harmony as a 2013 bulk carrier that flies the Marshall Islands flag.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority said in a statement that it deployed its harbour patrol crew and vessels and found no imminent risk to those onboard the vessels, to the public or to the environment. It said the incident has not affected operations in the harbour.

Transport Canada later released the MV Caravos Harmony after ensuring the ship met regulatory requirements, according to a statement issued by the agency.

According to Vesselfinder.com, the MV Caravos Harmony has since left the harbour and was west of Vancouver Island by Tuesday.

The MV Pan Acacia remained at anchor.

– with files from Jane Seyd, North Shore News

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