As recently reported by CBC News, oilsands supertankers are an increasingly common sight on the St. Lawrence River. These 240-meter-long vessels ferry oilsands bitumen that has been transported from Alberta by train.
For the past four months Suncor has been using this route to transport diluted bitumen to a storage facility in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. On October 14, Transport Canada stopped the Genmar Daphne, a tanker on its way to port at Sorel-Tracy, after identifying a problem with the ship’s emergency fire pump.
The tanker will resume its route once repairs are completed and approved. Transport Canada’s vigilance is a good first step to establishing confidence in this new transport system says Sorel-Tracy’s mayor, Serge Péloquin.