Tugs arriving to move John I from Rose Blanche

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Ship will be towed to Argentia

The bulk carrier John I remains at anchor off Rose Blanche this morning, according to a release from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

The John I near Rose Blanche.

Weather conditions improved overnight with winds dropping to westerly 40-50 KM. Visibility is good this morning.

The CCGS George R. Pearkes monitored the vessel overnight and remains on-site. No oil pollution observed.

Two surveillance flights are planned for today.

The CCGS Earl Grey, loaded with oil spill response equipment, is scheduled to depart Port aux Basques today to deliver to Rose Blanche.

The Svitzer salvage company hired by the vessel owners attempted to board the John I yesterday but  operations were suspended due to weather and sea conditions. With improved weather conditions, the salvage crew will attempt a boarding today.

The tug Ryan Leet is on-site and hopes to secure a tow line. A second tug, the Atlantic Fir, is enroute to assist in towing operations and it is anticipated to arrive on-site later this afternoon. The Atlantic Fir is currently being escorted through ice across the Cabot Strait by the Icebreaker CCGS Pierre Radisson.

There is a towing plan in place to bring the John I to Argentia where it can be more fully assessed for damage.

CCG's Senior Environmental Response Officers and its Mobile Command Centre in Rose Blanche continue to monitor the situation. A Community Liaison officer remains available to answer questions from residents of Rose Blanche and surrounding communities. The Eastern Canada Response Corporation also maintains its command centre in Rose Blanche.

The Canadian Coast Guard says it is working closely with Environment Canada, Transport Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency to manage these operations. 


Ship details

The John I drifted aground on Saturday after losing power. The ship is no longer aground and is at anchor.

The empty cargo ship was bound for Montreal from Las Palmas, Spain. The crewmembers are from Syria.

While the cargo ship did not have any cargo aboard, it does have a lot of fuel in its tanks. According to one DFO official, the John I currently has 89,000 litres of diesel, 20,500 litres of lube oil, and 720,000 litres of intermediate oil.

The ship measures 182.8m x 30.5m, or about 600 feet long and 90 feet wide, about 66 feet shorter than the MV Atlantic Vision.

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard, Svitzer, Senior Environmental Response Officers Mobile Command Centre Eastern Canada Response Environment Canada Transport Canada Canada Border Services Agency

Geographic location: Rose Blanche, Port aux Basques, Montreal Las Palmas Spain Syria

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