Pusher tug disabled, oil barge brought to anchor, British Columbia

Pusher tug JAKE SHEARER lost contact with pushed oil barge in the afternoon Nov 26 south of Goose Island, British Columbia coast, while en route to Alaska. Reportedly tug suffered power loss, and had to disconnect from barge, which was meanwhile, anchored by tug’s crew. Locals alerted authorities fearing possible grounding and oil spill, though there are no indications that threat is imminent. As of 0600 UTC Nov 27, SAR tug and boat were at the site, understood situation is under control.

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