Crew Fatigue Caused 2016 Grounding of Kirby Tug Nathan E. Stewart in British Columbia, Report Says

The investigation revealed that the second mate, who was alone on the bridge at the time of the accident, had fallen asleep after working a 6-on, 6-off shift schedule for at least two days leading up to the grounding. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has released its investigation report into the October 2016 grounding and sinking of the American … [Read more...]

Nathan E. Stewart Removed from B.C. Waters Near Bella Bella

A giant crane was used to lift the sunken tug Nathan E. Stewart from the sea floor Monday night more than a month after the tug ran aground near Bella Bella in British Columbia. The Nathan E. Stewart, an American tug owned by Houston-based Kirby Corp., was pushing the petroleum barge DBL 55 when it ran aground at the entrance to Sea Forth Channel on Athlone Island on October … [Read more...]

Heiltsuk First Nation Calls for Immediate Tanker Ban After ‘Nathan E. Stewart’ Oil Spill

British Columbia's Heiltsuk Nation says it is hopeful that it can begin working with the Canadian government on responding to the oil spill from the sunken tugboat Nathan E. Stewart which ran aground near Bella Bella nearly three weeks ago. On Sunday, leaders with the Heiltsuk First Nation welcomed Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Justice Minister Jody … [Read more...]

B.C. Locals ‘Infuriated’ By Nathan E. Stewart Response

British Colombia locals are up in arms over the Canadian Coast Guard's response to an oil spill following the grounding of an American tug and barge in B.C.'s Inside Passage near Bella Bella. The tug Nathan E. Stewart, owned by Houston-based Kirby Corp., was pushing the petroleum barge DBL 55 when it ran aground at the entrance to Sea Forth Channel on Athlone Island on … [Read more...]