Friday, October 17, 2014
Ship Adrift Off Haida Gwaii
A Russian container ship, said to be laden with oil, is adrift in gale force winds approximately 15 kms. off Haida Gwaii in the vicinity of where Harper wants to ply the waters with supertankers full of bitumen.
A Coast Guard ship is enroute and expected to arrive by 9 p.m. by which time the Russian ship's fate could well be sealed. The vessel is expected to be on the rocks at around that time. A tug has also been dispatched but most ocean-going tugs of large capacity have to come from Washington state. In stormy conditions the trip can take two to three days.
The vessel Simushir is reported to be laden with 500 tonnes of bunker oil and 60 tonnes of diesel.
The gale force winds gusting out of the south seem to have abated (here on Vancouver Island at least) but winds up in Haida Gwaii are expected to shift to westerlies that will push the ship directly toward Moresby Island. The Russians are trying to get the Simushir's engine working again which appears to be their best hope of keeping the vessel off the rocky shore.