Collision between barge and fishing boat in Vancouver Island harbour leads to diesel spill | CBC News
The Canadian Coast Guard says it has completed its cleanup of a diesel spill caused by a collision between two vessels in the harbour at Parksville, B.C.
According to the Coast Guard, a barge carrying a fuel truck struck a fishing boat in the French Creek Harbour on Monday at around 11:50 a.m.
The collision caused the tank of the fuel truck to rupture, leaking diesel into the harbour. Although initial estimates suggested that 300-500 litres had been spilled, the Coast Guard said Monday evening that the final estimate is 188 litres.
The Coast Guard says it deployed absorbent pads to soak up the fuel, and spoke with the barge’s owner on the next steps in the cleanup. The barge’s crew was able to plug the leak and pump most of the remaining fuel into the barge’s tanks.
By 7:45 p.m….