Did it or didn’t it? That’s the question being asked today over whether a 200 metre long carrier ran aground at Squamish Terminals.
That “occurrence” was described by the Transportation Safety Board earlier this morning, as it dispatched investigators to the terminal.
But the crown corporation that oversees the movement of large vessels in B.C. is denying the Marshall Islands-registered carrier “Kai Xuan” did that at all.
The authority’s CEO Kevin Obermeyer says it says the boat may have touched bottom at some point — and because the vessel had to run at more power than usual when it docked last Friday, the TSB was called in to investigate as a procedure.
“An inbound vessel reported that he had used half a head and then a full head just to maintain a one knot speed — same concern; maybe I ran aground, maybe I touched bottom.”
But Obermeyer, says that flies in the face of what the TSB described this morning.
“I couldn’t even speculate as to why it came out the way it did, I would like to get it out there that this hasn’t been proven yet, (the) vessel didn’t stop.”
The Transportation Safety Board investigation is continuing.