Protesters delay ship traffic in Vancouver

Chemical oil products tanker Maersk Bering (IMO 9299422) was delayed when trying to leave Vancouver for Nantong on July 4th, 2018.

The vessel was held at her anchorage point by a public demonstration that saw seven people rappel from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, whjich was to the west of the Maersk Bering anchorage position.

A group of 12 people climbed the bridge that morning to form what they called an “aerial blockade”. They aimed to prevent oil tanker traffic from getting in or out of the terminus of the Trans Mountain pipeline in Burnaby, British Columbia. Seven of the protestors rappelled themselves below the span, and suspended themselves in mid-air above the Burrard Inlet. The other five remained on the catwalk to provide support.

After the protest ended the ship was able to depart during the morning of July 5th. Vessel Nord Supreme was also affected, with her move from an anchorage west of the bridge to Suncor’s Burrard Terminal delayed by some 18 hours on July 4th.

2005-built, Singapore-flagged, 19,758 gt Maersk Bering is owned by Maersk Tankers Singapore Pte of Singapore. Manager is Moller AP of Copenhagen, Denmark. ISM manager is Maersk Tankers AS of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is entered with Gard P&I Bermuda on behalf of Maersk Tankers AS. Hull & Machinery and Hull & Machinery War is led by Gard AS.