Japanese capesize Cape Apricot knocked largest coal exporting berth in North America

Capesize bulk carrier Cape Apricot at around 0100 LT Dec 7 slammed into the trestle, or flying bridge, at Westshore Terminals in Roberts Bank, Vancouver, destroying some 100 meters of the trestle and coal conveyer, disabling one of the two biggest coal export berths. What caused the collision is unknown at the moment, as well as details of the mishap. Cape Apricot had a pilot on board, arriving from Japan. Vessel was berthed soon after the collision with some minor damages to a bulbous nose. About a railway carload of coal which was on destroyed conveyer during the time soiled into the bay. Transportation Safety Board of Canada launched an investigation. Westshore is North America’s largest coal exporting port. Maritime Bulletin http://www.odin.tc

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