Nfld. & Labrador

Grounded cargo ship in Bay Bulls prompts Coast Guard response

There were no injuries or pollution when a cargo ship ran aground while leaving the harbour in Bay Bulls on Sunday afternoon.

Vessel carrying piping ran into trouble leaving harbour Sunday afternoon

Canadian Coast Guard ship Edward Cornwallis and tug boat Beverley M successfully towed the grounded MV BBC Oregon off the rocks in Bay Bulls harbour early Sunday evening. (Canadian Coast Guard/Submitted)

A cargo ship full of piping ran aground in the Bay Bulls harbour just as it was leaving on Sunday afternoon, but fortunately there were no injuries and no pollution from the incident. 

The Canadian Coast Guard Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre in St. John's received a call that the MV BBC Oregon had run aground shortly after it happened. That prompted the Coast Guard's Environmental Response unit to set up an incident command post and send a team to the harbour. 

The MV BBC Oregon sits in the harbour in Bay Bulls on Sunday afternoon. (Canadian Coast Guard/Submitted)

The Coast Guard assessed the 138.5 metre vessel and came up with a response plan to refloat it, in consultation with the vessel owner.

"With rising tide waters early Sunday evening the response plan was implemented," a spokesperson for the Coast Guard said in an emailed statement on Monday. 

The Canadian Coast Guard ship Edward Cornwallis and tug boat Beverley M towed the grounded vessel to a safe spot to anchor in the harbour, not far from the rocky shore. 

This vessel carrying a cargo of piping ran aground in the harbour as it left Bay Bulls on Sunday afternoon. (Canadian Coast Guard/Submitted)

According to the statement, a contracted diving company was set to conduct an underwater hull survey on Monday to figure out the extent of the damage to the cargo ship. 

The Coast Guard will assess the next steps for the vessel as it continues to manage the response to the grounding incident. It's not yet clear why the vessel ran aground.

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