Bulker Damaged in Pier Allision

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December 11, 2012

The damaged starboard stern area of the CSL Tadoussac. US Coast Guard photo

A 730-foot Canadian-flagged bulk carrier was damaged Tuesday after alliding with a pier along the Maumee River near Toledo, OH.

The U.S. Coast Guard says that the M/V CSL Tadoussac punctured its starboard stern bunker tank after it backed into the pier of the Torco dock at the CSX facility just before 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

US Coast Guard photo
US Coast Guard photo

Crewmembers aboard the vessel immediately started pumping fuel out of the punctured tank and into another of the ship’s tanks in order to bring the fuel level below the puncture mark. The Coast Guard says that the discharge of fuel was stopped at about 10:15 a.m.

An oil sheen was reported although it is not known exactly how much oil had leaked.  Approximately 800 feet of oil containment boom has been stretched across the dock slip, which is containing the sheen.

The vessel was reportedly carrying 27,000 tons of iron ore and is owned by CSL Group, based in Montreal.

There were no reported injuries to any personnel and there was minor damage to the dock.


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