Update: Disabled Russian Cargo Ship Reaches Prince Rupert

first_imgzoom Disabled Russian-flagged cargo ship Simushir, which was floating off the west coast of Haida Gwaii with 10 crewmembers onboard, has reached a dock in Prince Rupert Port around 3. a.m. this morning local time, the Port Authority said.The ship was towed to the port by Foss Maritime’s oceangoing tug, the Barbara Foss and has been secured at berth.The cargo ship lost power late Thursday night off the west coast of Haida Gwaii.Gary Faber, Senior Vice President of Foss Maritime said that the ship was riding well behind the tug, and the weather and sea conditions were not posing concerns.The vessel lost propulsion and was adrift when the Canadian Coast Guard’s assets came to the scene. A CH-149 Cormorant helicopter from 19 Wing Comox evacuated the vessel master to Sandspit, where his care was turned over to BC Emergency Healthcare.The Canadian Coast Guard said it was taking proactive measures to ensure that an environmental response plan is in place if required.The following video shows raw footage of the vessel under tow:World Maritime News Staff, Image: Prince Rupert port Video: Council of the Haida Nation/Youtubelast_img read more

Tribes accuse Corps of withholding pipeline study records

BISMARCK, N.D. — Tribes battling the Dakota Access oil pipeline in court are accusing the Army Corps of Engineers of withholding dozens of documents that could bolster their case that the pipeline could unfairly impact them.Attorneys for the four Sioux tribes allege some records that are missing relate to the pipeline’s crossing beneath the Missouri River, which the Dakotas tribes rely on for drinking water, fishing and religious practices.The tribes are asking a federal judge to order the Corps to turn over the requested documents. The Justice Department declined comment on behalf of the Corps.The records are related to a court-ordered Corps study on the pipeline’s impacts on tribes. The Corps says it substantiated the agency’s earlier determination that the pipeline doesn’t unfairly impact minorities. The tribes are challenging that assertion.Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press read more