A 135-metre bulk carrier, Simushir, hauling fuel has lost power and is drifting off the B.C. coast toward Haida Gwaii.
The Canadian Coast Guard received a call about the Russian vessel at about 11 p.m. Thursday night.
The ship, which had been travelling from Everett, Wash., to Russia, is carrying 400 tonnes of bunker fuel and 50 tonnes of diesel fuel, Ron MacDougall, Acting Sub-lieutenant with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria, said on Friday.
The incident highlights the importance of the tanker exclusion zones off the Pacific coast of Canada.
The Canadian Forces' Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria said a tug, Barbara Foss arrived Saturday evening at around 5:30 p.m. PT and secured a line to the Russian ship. Officials said Sunday morning the tow was going well.
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exactAIS tracking shows the Simushir making its way to Prince Rupert after losing power late last week.