Danger adrift: Canadian panel was warned of Simushir scenario in 2013

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — An environmental lawyer says he warned the Canadian government 19 months ago that an incident similar to the one involving Simushir, a Russian cargo ship that lost power last week and went adrift off British Columbia, could happen to oil tankers transiting the challenging waters, The Tyee reported. The B.C. Chamber of Commerce questioned whether Canada's marine safety systems are adequate to handle traffic that will result if an "oil sands" pipeline proceeds to the region. Simushir, which was carrying 500 tonnes of bunker fuel, was towed to safety by a Foss Maritime tugboat.

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By Professional Mariner Staff