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Bay Bulls ship grounding under analysis

MV BBC Oregon went aground Sunday afternoon and was pulled free from the rocks by tugboat Beverley M early that evening.
The MV BBC Oregon shortly after it was pulled away from the rocks by a tugboat last Sunday. - Contributed

Transportation Safety Board concludes data collection of MV BBC Oregon

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has finished collecting data from the ship that went aground in Bay Bulls last weekend, but it cannot yet confirm the cause of the grounding. 
Cargo ship MV BBC Oregon was carrying a load of piping when it went aground on the rocky shore of Bay Bulls harbour on the afternoon of June 30. 
The Canadian Coast Guard ship Edward Cornwallis and the tug Beverley M towed the ship off the rocks and to a safe anchorage in the harbour a few hours later.  
According to an emailed statement from the Coast Guard, there were no injuries or pollution during the incident.
Still, the Transportation Safety Board has a mandate to identify any safety deficiencies that may have been present in order to improve marine transportation safety. 
One member of the team who assessed the incident by gathering data from the vessel this week is senior regional investigator Shannon Pittman.
He told The Telegram on Friday the team is analyzing the data to “find a way forward from here as far as an investigation or assessment of the incident goes.”
That process will result in a decision about whether the board needs to do a full investigation into the grounding. 
Pittman estimated the team will make that decision within the next week or two. 

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