Two fuel tankers col­lide off Lewis­porte

Mi­nor dam­age re­ported

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - BUSINESS -

The Trans­porta­tion Safety Board of Canada is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a col­li­sion be­tween two coastal fuel tankers in the wa­ters off Lewis­porte.

The board says the tanker Travestern col­lided with the an­chored tanker Havel­stern on Sun­day, re­sult­ing in mi­nor dam­age to both ves­sels.

Pierre Mur­ray, the board’s man­ager of re­gional op­er­a­tions in Hal­i­fax, says no one was in­jured and noth­ing spilled from ei­ther ship.

The ves­sels, each about 150 me­tres long, were car­ry­ing diesel and jet fuel, he said.

“It’s a small coastal ves­sel,” said Mur­ray. “There was no pol­lu­tion or any­thing like that.”

The two ves­sels were com­ing along­side each other to trans­fer fuel near Lewis­porte when the wind picked up, he said.

Their sterns col­lided and there was sub­se­quent dam­age to both ves­sels — all of it above the wa­ter­line.

“Both ves­sels were pretty much stopped when that hap­pened,” Mur­ray said. Both ves­sels are op­er­ated by Coastal Ship­ping Ltd., a div- ision of the Wood­ward Group of Cos., based in Labrador. The firm sup­plies fuel to Arc­tic and Labrador coastal ports.

PA­TRICK MUR­PHY/THE PI­LOT

Dam­age can be seen on the superstructure of the tanker Travestern after it col­lided with its sis­ter ship, the tanker Havel­stern, on Sun­day near Lewis­porte.

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