Vessel collision in Vancouver Harbour prompts investigation

Credit: Gary Mcleod

Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has deployed a team of investigators to Vancouver Harbour in British Columbia following a collision between two bulk carriers. 

According to a brief statement from the TSB, the Panama-flagged MV Pan Acacia collided with MV Caravos Harmony, which flies the Marshall Islands flag, at 00:20 local time on 17 March. 

TSB spokesperson Chris Krepski declined to say how serious the accident was, nor what caused it, but said there were no reports of injuries or pollution. The Board sent two investigators to the scene to inspect the vessels and talk to crew members and potential witnesses. 

Transport Canada – the government department responsible for transport policies and programmes – has said that Caravos Harmony lost power and initiated the collision. The vessel was loaded with corn and sustained damage to its bow. Meanwhile, Pan Acacia was waiting to load coal and sustained damage to its port side above the water line. 

According to IHS Markit data, Caravos Harmony has since left Vancouver Harbour and was west of Vancouver Island on Wednesday 20 March, en route to Incheon. Pan Acacia remains at anchor.