UPDATE: The recovery operations commenced this morning.
Contractors have successfully re-floated the vessel.
The vessel remains stable. No pollution observed.
As to the ownership of the boat it has been determined that the vessel is in the hands of an executor of an estate.
The Canadian Coast Guard is in charge of the response to any potential pollution from a partially submerged vessel in the St. Mary’s River in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
On December 24, the MOE Spills Action Centre advised the Coast Guard of a sunken tug boat at the Bellevue Marina on Pine Street
The Dispatch II vessel is 13.7 metres (45 feet) in length and contains diesel fuel and lube oil. Quantities are unknown at this time. Ongoing water and shoreline assessments show no signs of pollution so far.
The Sault Ste. Marie Fire department placed booms at the mouth of the marina to contain any potential pollution. The Coast Guard is on scene with spill response products and crews.
The Canadian Coast Guard is responsible for ensuring the clean-up of ship-sourced spills of oil and other pollutants in Canadian waters. In this instance, the Coast Guard has assumed command of the recovery effort as the owner is unwilling to respond.
Hired contractors and the Coast Guard are dealing with a very cold working environment, as well as increasing ice and snow conditions.