Container barge breaches after grounding in British Columbia

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(QUADRA ISLAND, British Columbia) — A container barge under tow ran aground on Quadra Island Saturday night, and the Canadian Coast Guard reported damage to the vessel's hull, Global News reported.

Nana Provider, owned by Alaska Marine Lines, was being towed by the U.S.-flagged tugboat Polar King when the barge grounded at about 8 p.m. on the southwest coast of the island between Quathiaski Cove and Yaculta. The Coast Guard said no injuries were reported among the six people on the tug, which did not run aground. No pollution was reported.

The barge was carrying rail cars and containers at the time. The Coast Guard confirmed Sunday evening there was a breach in the barge’s hull, which was discovered in the afternoon after an attempt to refloat the barge during high tide. That attempt was called off, and crews planned to reassess the situation Monday morning.

According to MarineTraffic data, the tug was headed from its home port of Seattle to Whittier, Alaska, where it was expected to arrive on Nov. 15.

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The Canadian Coast Guard reported that the barge was refloated on Friday, Nov. 14 and was towed to Campbell River, B.C.

By Professional Mariner Staff