Silverdale Barge Incident

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Incident Description

Incident Date June 18, 2018
Name Silverdale Barge Incident 
Source Sinking barge
Nearest Community Silverdale, B.C,
Spilled Content None at this time (June 18, 2018 - 3 pm)
Who is involved? Canadian Coast Guard, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Sto:lo First Nation, B.C. Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy, B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Response Phase Detail

The responsible person or spiller is legally required to clean-up or manage the clean-up of a spill. In incidents where the responsible person is unknown, unable or unwilling to manage the clean up, the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy (MOE) may assume the role. The updates below reflect the Ministry’s oversight of the spillers’ actions; details describe the spill response phase, only, and not the complete lifecycle of the spill. See More Information for other related reports. 

Updates are in reverse chronological order, with the most recent at the top. Industry-specific language may be explained in the Glossary of Terms (PDF).

Most Recent Update

June 19, 2018 - 8:05 am

Approximately 11,000 L of fuel was offloaded from the barge to decrease the risk of pollution last night (June 18, 2018). B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development also brought in additional pumps and generators to right the barge.  

A contractor was hired to remain on site to monitor the pumping.

No further updates are expected. 

Approximate Incident Location

June 18, 2018 - 2:50 pm

A barge moored on the Fraser River near Silverdale, BC is at risk of sinking. Canadian Coast Guard are planning to offload fuel from the vessel to decrease the likelihood of fuel entering the river. No sheen is reported at this time.

Two Environmental Emergency Response Officers (EEROs) with the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy are en route to the incident site. First Nations, local governments and other relevant government agencies have been notified. 

Further updates will be provided when new information is available.