John I no longer aground

Brodie Thomas
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Recovery operation continues

The John I is no longer aground but is still anchored and afloat off Newfoundland’s south coast.

A Cormorant helicopter prepares to rescue crewmembers aboard a ship, the John I, that was aground off Rose Blanche on Saturday.

The information came from a spokesperson for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)

The ship drifted aground Saturday, and 23 crew members were rescued from the powerless ship by search and rescue technicians from Gander.

“Overnight, a change in wind direction moved the John I moved off the shoal on which it was grounded,” said DFO's spokesperson. “The vessel remains at anchor, and the anchor is holding.  Current conditions are westerly winds 35-40 Knots (approximately 70 to 80 Kilometres per hour) with clear skies.”

Surveillance flights indicated a very small fuel spill leak on Sunday. The amount was estimated at eight litres, and quickly dissipated. The source of the leak has not been identified.

The tug Ryan Leet arrived on Sunday and made an attempt to place a tow-line on the MV John I.  Operations were suspended due to deteriorating weather and sea conditions.  The tug remains on-scene and will resume operations when conditions permit.

According to DFO’s spokesperson, the Canadian Coast Guard is working closely with Environment Canada and Transport Canada to respond to this incident. 

The Canadian Coast Gurad Ship (CCGS) Earl Grey went to Port aux Basques Sunday evening to load up with environmental response equipment, including an offshore sweep system which is capable of responding to any pollutant release.  The Earl Grey is enroute to Rose Blanche this morning.

The CCGS George R. Pearkes arrived on-scene Sunday evening and monitored the vessel overnight.

The Coast Guard’s Senior Environmental Response Officers and its mobile command centre arrived in the community on Sunday and set-up operations near the Rose Blanche lighthouse. A Community Liaison officer remains available to answer questions from residents of Rose Blanche and surrounding communities.

The Eastern Canada Response Corporation has deployed in Rose Blanche.

The Svitzer salvage team arrived in NL last night.  Conditions permitting, members of the team plan to board the MV John I today to assess the vessel and determine next steps.


Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, Canadian Coast Gurad Ship Environment Canada Transport Canada Senior Environmental Response Officers Svitzer

Geographic location: Rose Blanche, Gander, Port aux Basques Eastern Canada NL

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  • george p b
    March 17, 2014 - 11:33

    Operations were suspended due to deteriorating weather and sea conditions, . yet 'they' estimated a leak at eight litres, which quickly dissipated. Is this on the fer real side????? Roughly 2 gallons released in the midst of pounding wave action.....I call BS on this estimate.... Also curious about the cargo...Nobody has said what was on board the MV John I, and the crew has been essentially sequestered. No interviews etc etc..... Finally since the ship is abandoned is the vessel classified as flotsam......

    • seal flipper
      March 17, 2014 - 17:30

      first question, why would they fly the crew to Burgeo? Why not Port aux Basques. 2. Before leaving the vessel, could they not thow over a starter tow line to get the tow started