Tree Frog Forestry News

Listing Seaspan barge full of wood chips nearly tips in Haro Strait

By Travis Paterson
Victoria News
February 12, 2020
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A Saanich mariner on his way to the Gulf Islands on Wednesday morning posted a photo of a Seaspan barge drifting sideways between Pender and Salt Spring islands. Ian Hinkle was headed to salvage a derelict boat with the Cold Water Divers crew when he first saw the barge at about 7:15 a.m. He tweeted a photo of the listing barge and some of its load, wood chips, floating in the Salish Sea. The tug boat operator was circling in an attempt to right the barge. … It tipped sideways from an incident around 1 a.m. The barge, carrying wood chips, heeled heavily to its port side. It may ahve occurred due to the ebb tide as the tug pulled it around Stuart Island, an island just south of Pender in U.S. waters.

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