John I now being towed to Argentia

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The cargo ship that ran aground near Rose Blanche last Saturday is now under tow on its way to Argentia.

The tugs Ryan Leet and Atlantic Fir securing tow lines on the MV John I on Tuesday.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is reporting that the tow got underway at 9 a.m. this morning.

Svitzer Salvage installed two auxiliary generators overnight to supply power to retrieve the ship’s anchors. 

The vessel is being towed by the tug Ryan Leet with support from the tug Atlantic Fir. It is estimated the John I will arrive in Argentia on Saturday afternoon, March 22.

The Canadian Coast Guard Ship CCGS Earl Grey will monitor the John I along the route to Argentia. The Earl Grey has aboard offshore oil spill response equipment and environmental response officers in addition to the ship’s crew. The Eastern Canada Response Corporation (ECRC) has pollution response equipment available.

No oil has been detected leaking from the ship, other than an estimates spill of 10 or so litres. Daily aerial surveys have not spotted any other leaking oil.

The coast guard's environmental response command post in Rose Blanche will be demobilized, now that the ship is on its way.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Eastern Canada Response, Canadian Coast Guard

Geographic location: Argentia, Rose Blanche

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  • gord
    March 20, 2014 - 21:36

    Why can't this vessel start it's own engines and provide it's own power even if it has to be towed?