UPDATE: Sat. Evening- Canadian Coast Guard Tow Line detaches from Drifting Freighter

Latest report is that the tow line has detached, but the ship is now 24 nautical miles off the coast and a tug should arrive before dawn on Sunday. The Coast Guard is also trying to re-attach the line. Here’s the AP story, as picked up by the Miami Herald.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article2974301.html

 

EARLIER FEEDS:

While not out of the woods yet, at least the Canadian Coast Guard have put a tow line on the drifting freighter 9 miles off the Haida Gwaii, otherwise known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. They are awaiting tugs to come and try and get this under control. Here’s the Vancouver Sun story complete with photos from the Canadian Coast Guard as of this moment. It’s worth mentioning that freighters are not required to be double hulled vessels, as tankers are.

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/Russian+container+ship+full+diesel+adrift+Haida+Gwaii/10299159/story.html

OLD MASSETT, HAIDA GWAII — Members of British Columbia’s Haida Nation are breathing a little easier, hoping they have avoided an environmental “catastrophe,” now that a Russian cargo ship carrying hundreds of tonnes of fuel is under tow.

The Canadian Forces’ joint rescue co-ordination centre in Victoria reported the Simushir lost power late Thursday night off Haida Gwaii, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, as it was making its way from Washington state to Russia.

 

If you have a subscription to satellite tracking of ships you can follow it from a link off of here.

http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/7511993/vessel:BARBARA_FOSS

BREAKING: Fuel-laden container ship adrift off coast of Haida Gwaii – West Coast Native News

There is a problem being reported 9 miles off the coast of Haida Gwaii, part of the islands otherwise known in non-native circles as the Queen Charlotte Islands. This is home to the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. This remote and unspoiled beautiful coast is now awaiting whether Canadian officials can muster anything like technical support from having this become the latest in the oil industry’s sordid history of spills in fish rich locales.

Let’s hope that the Canadian coast guard is up to the task, given it’s cuts over the last few years.

The ship is currently about nine miles off the coast of Haida Gwaii, at the southeast end of the island.

Called the Simushir, there are 11 crew members on board. The JRCC said the vessel master has sustained an unknown injury and they are sending a helicopter to rescue him.

Simushir
The ship is carrying mining minerals, 400 tonnes of Bunker C fuel oil and 50 tonnes of diesel fuel.

http://westcoastnativenews.com/breaking-fuel-laden-container-ship-adrift-off-coast-of-haida-gwaii/

Author Naomi Klein on the free market and global warming – CBC

Author and activist Naomi Klein just won the  $60k Hilary Weston Prize for her book about climate change, ‘This Changes Everything’. This is a very thought provoking interview that should give you good reason to read it. While the government of our neighbors to the north in Canada race to be match China by being the most polluting country on the planet, willing to trade any environmental protection for the almighty and in this case, appropriately named, Loonie, Naomi has focused whether the very fundamental nature of the free market is dooming us all. If you aren’t interested in reading a long book, then try a sample of her thoughts.

http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/features/2014/10/15/naomi-klein-hilary-weston-prize/

Hood Canal bridge may be death trap for steelhead – Kitsap Sun

Over the years, I’ve mentioned that in interviews with old timers who fished the Hood Canal before the bridge was put in, that they would say to me that they thought that the fishing diminished after the bridge was installed. They didn’t know why. Now, it appears that UW research is finding out that the bridge is affecting steelhead smolts in a significant way. More research is needed, but with the bridge west end needing replacing later in this decade, it’s a good time to seriously look at the root causes and possible fixes. Obviously, no one is even considering taking the bridge out, but it’s likelyhood  structural changes to accomodate the surface migrating fish will be considered after additional research is done. Chris Dunagun’s article in the Kitsap Sun is very thorough, as usual.

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/local-news/hood-canal-bridge-may-be-death-trap-for-steelhead_29802140

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Protests on Oil Trains along Puget Sound Shores coming

One of the largest looming threats to our waters is the vast increase in coal and oil trains coming to North Sound ports in the next few years (it’s already rapidly increasing). Then add the vast increase in shipping of those products and you have a reciepe for train derailments along and into the Sound, sinking of tankers, and possible explosions of trains, as seen in Canada last year. Here’s an opportunity to make your voices heard to Gov. Inslee.

Oil Spill One-Pager Sept 2014

Lowrie receives Stopps environmental award -PT Leader

Ray Lowrie was presented with the 10th annual Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award on Oct. 1.

“I had no clue that anything like this would ever happen,” said Lowrie, who taught at Chimacum School from 1960 to 1992.

About 165 people attended the Stewardship Breakfast in the Fort Worden Commons, where Lowrie was presented with the award by Janine Boire, executive director of the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC). Attendees donated $25,160 at the breakfast, and an anonymous donor provided a $25,000 challenge match for a total of $50,160 raised, said Liesl Strabagh of the PTMSC.

http://www.ptleader.com/news/lowrie-receives-stopps-environmental-award/article_66b0939e-4e78-11e4-ab06-001a4bcf6878.html

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Stealing Fish To Study Seabirds- Earthfix

As anyone who has bird watched around these parts in the last 20 years can tell, it’s pretty clear we have lost seabird populations. Now some new scientific data has come out on the problem.

Seabird populations in Puget Sound have declined since the 1970s and scientists believe pollution is partially to blame. But how do you prove that? Study what the seabirds are eating. A new paper [http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X14004226] published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin found that seabirds in Puget Sound are eating fish that are two to four times more contaminated than fish on Washington’s outer coast. Ashley Ahearn reports. (EarthFix)

http://earthfix.kcts9.org/flora-and-fauna/article/stealing-fish-to-study-seabirds/

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