Coal carrier hits trestle in Vancouver, B.C.

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Associated Press

Posted on December 8, 2012 at 10:32 PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A coal carrier that was docking at Westshore Terminals in Vancouver, British Columbia, has rammed a trestle, forcing the terminal to shut down one of its main berths.

Nick Desmarais of Westshore Terminals Investment Corp. said Friday's crash left a hole in the trestle that is used to funnel coal to the carriers.

He says the large bulk coal carrier wasn't badly damaged and remains afloat.

Desmarais says it's not yet known why the crash happened.

He says a pilot and a captain should have been at the helm as the ship came into port.

Power was knocked out to the terminal's berth 1 because of the crash and berth 2 will be used for shipments until the other berth is operating again.

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