SAFETY | Labrador tanker grounding ended well: owner

Originally published in cbc.ca, 2010/10/06

The company that owns an oil tanker that briefly ran aground in a Labrador harbour on Monday says the incident ended as well as could have been expected.

The MV Mokami hit a shoal in Cartwright as it was leaving a dock and was later freed by a rising tide.

The tanker, which had just delivered a fuel supply, was empty at the time of the incident.

It was the second time the Mokami, which is owned by the Woodward Group of Companies, ran aground this year.

“[There was] no hard impact, there was no injury, there was no pollution, there was no leakage or spillage of product whatsoever,” said Dennis White, manager of the Woodward Group of Companies.

“Everything was pretty sound. It happened on departure, so it was a very slow impact.”

The Woodward Group also owns the MV Nanny, which remained aground for more than two weeks in the western Arctic in September.

In a statement to CBC News, Transport Canada said it is monitoring this week’s incident in Cartwright, and that it had not received any reports of damage to the tanker or of leaked fuel.

“Should Transport Canada identify non-compliance with marine safety regulations, the department will not hesitate to take immediate action,” the statement said.

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