Canada’s TSB probes possible grounding of bulker at Squamish

Canada’s TSB probes possible grounding of bulker at Squamish

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada has announced it is conducting an investigation into whether or not Greig Star bulk carrier Kai Xuan was grounded a few days previously while being brought in to dock in Squamish, British Columbia, according to the CBC.

The alleged incident occurred on Friday when the tug pulling the Kai Xuan is believed to have lost power.

With the possibility that the ship may have come into contact with the bottom, divers from Norway’s Grieg Star conducted an inspection and found no definitive evidence of grounding. But now a team from the TSB will take a look.

The Marshall Islands-registered vessel, had travelled from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, also in British Columbia. It has continued to load cargo while at Squamish terminal.

No crew injuries or pollution spills were reported from the incident.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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