Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Three ships collided in the waters off Vancouver, British Columbia on Sunday due to stormy weather conditions, a Transport Canada official and ship brokers said. The collision involved two bulk carriers and one container ship. The 40,000-dwt Westwood Victoria was loaded with containers when the accident occurred, and the other two ships -- 11,000-dwt Advance Pescadores and 27,000-dwt New Accord -- were empty, said Rod Nelson, a spokesman for Transport Canada in Vancouver.
Westwood VictoriaAdvance Pescadores was scheduled to load animal feed in Vancouver, and the loading details for New Accord were sketchy. "The storm started late on Saturday, but it blew over on Monday," a ship broker said. The collision did not cause an oil spill and there were no injuries. Port authorities are investigating the extent of the damages on the ships, the sources said.