Grounded barge at Quadra Island re-floated and removed (VIDEO)

Mark Wunsch / Greencoast Media
WatchThe barge is re-floated and removed off Quadra Island

The barge that ran aground and compromised its hull near Quadra Island has been removed.

Early this morning, crews mobilized, re-floated the vessel, and towed it to Campbell River for further inspection.

Transport Canada said the barge is now secured in Duncan Bay and will undergo further assessment and repair. The operation went smoothly.

Both Transport Canada and the US Coast Guard are monitoring the barge.

The barge, called the “Nana Provider,” ran aground last Saturday as it was being towed by a tugboat through Discovery Passage. The barge was stranded just north of Cape Mudge and remained there for six days as Transport Canada assessed the damage as well as the environment and tidal current.

The tugboat towing the barge was not damaged and the six people aboard the tug were not injured. Meanwhile, the containers and hull on board the barge were empty.

The Nana Provider is registered in the U.S. and belongs to Alaska Marine Lines, whose parent company is Lynden Logistic.

According to the Canadian Coast Guard, they said they monitored the situation over the six days the barge sat idle in order to protect the public and environment if needed. They have also revealed there were no traces of marine pollution.

Transport Canada announced yesterday that crews weren’t expected to act until the weekend, but changed course early this morning and removed the ship from its grounded position at high tide.



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