BBC Cargo Ship Grounds But is Refloated in Newfoundland

BBC Oregon Grounding
The BBC Oregon aground in Bay Bulls harbor, Newfoundland, June 30, 2019. Photo courtesy Canadian Coast Guard

A BBC Chartering cargo ship briefly ran aground in Bay Bulls, Newfoundland, Canada on Sunday, but was quickly refloated by the Canadian Coast Guard and a commercial tug.

The Canadian Coast Guard confirmed via Twitter that its Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre (MRSC) in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador was informed that the cargo ship MV BBC Oregon had grounded in Bay Bulls harbor.

The Coast Guard established an incident command post and deployed an Environmental Response team to the site.

The vessel was eventually refloated and towed to safe anchorage in the harbor by CCGS Edward Cornwallis and the tug Beverley M.

“There were no injuries or pollution during the incident and we’ll continue to assess next steps regarding the vessel,” the Coast Guard wrote on Twitter.

AIS showed the 138-meter-long BBC Oregon had arrived from Houston, Texas on June 25. The ship is registered in Antigua and Barbuda.