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Coal cleanup underway following BC harbour collision

A cleanup is underway after a collision at Vancouver’s port has spilled some 30 tonnes of coal into the harbour.


A cleanup is underway after a collision at Vancouver’s port has spilled some 30 tonnes of coal into the harbour.

Westshore Terminals’ Berth 1 remains closed following the accident on December 7, 2012, when a large bulk carrier crashed into a trestle connected to one of the largest coal exporter facilities in Canada.

The collision destroyed approximately 100m of the conveyor system supported by the trestle and also a roadway connecting the terminal and the berth.

A team from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada was sent to investigate, but the cause of the collision is unknown at this time.

The carrier, known as Cape Apricot, sustained minor damage.

In 2011, the Westshore Terminals coal facility shipped 27.3 million tonnes of coal, which set a port record.