The Capitol Record

Ship crashes into B.C. coal terminal, spilling coal into the water

Officials in British Columbia spent the weekend cleaning up coal that spilled into the ocean after a large ship that was docking at a coal export terminal crashed into a conveyor belt, leaving a gaping hole in the equipment.

The accident occurred Friday at Westshore Terminals in Vancouver, the largest coal port in North America. The ship destroyed a section of the coal belt leading to the terminal’s loading berth, spilling about 30 metric tons of coal into the water, according to news reports. More photos and videos are here.

TVW traveled to B.C. to see the terminal as part of its one-hour documentary on coal exports, “Coal Crossroads.” Two hearings are scheduled this week on a proposal to build a coal export terminal in Washington state:

  • Dec. 12 in Vancouver, Wash., at 4 p.m. at Clark College
  •  Dec. 13 in Seattle at 4 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center, Ballroom 6F

TVW will be live webcasting the meeting in Seattle and taping it for air later. We’ll also have coverage here on our blog and our weekly public affairs program, “The Impact.”

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