Moon Saves the Day After Coal Carrier Runs Aground Off Canada [IMAGES]

amakusa island aground
Image courtesy Transportation Board of Canada

Shortly after 10 p.m. on Monday, July 14th, the Prince Rupert Port Authority reports the 228-meter, 81,887 ton dwt bulk carrier Amakusa Island had run aground in Prince Rupert’s outer harbor.  The incident occurred 15 kilometers from Ridley Island after the ship departed from its berth at the Ridley Terminals coal terminal to its assigned anchorage.

The ship is Japanese-flagged, built in 2005 and owned by Iino Marine Service Co.

Even with a significant list, the gravitational forces exerted by the moon, raised the water level in the area, enabling the ship to be refloated early this morning, 16 July.  Tugs from SMIT Marine Canada provided a complimentary lateral force to help move the ship off the shoal.

amakusa island aground
Image courtesy Transportation Board of Canada
amakusa island aground
Image courtesy Transportation Board of Canada
ridley coal terminal
Ridley Coal Terminal