Sinking fishing vessel near Prince Rupert

Last updated on April 5, 2023

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Incident Description

Incident Date April 10, 2018
Name Sinking fishing vessel near Prince Rupert (DGIR: 180103)
Source Vessel
Nearest Community Prince Rupert
Spilled Content Unknown
Who is involved? Canadian Coast Guard, BC Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy


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

April 11, 2018 - 8:55 am

On April 9, 2018, a fishing vessel, the  Western Commander, was reported to be sinking west of Triple Island Lighthouse west of Prince Rupert. Canadian Coast Guard investigated and reported the vessel had approximately 2,000 L of diesel on board. No pollution was observed.

On April 10, 2018, Canadian Coast Guard reported a sheen of fuel approximately 40 m wide. The sheen was moving northwest, away from land. 

Further updates will be provided as soon as new information is available. 


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