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Photographer:andrecas [View profile]Title:SPUDNIKAdded:Feb 13, 2019
Captured:December 26, 2018IMO:8974025Hits:596
Location:New Westminster, Fraser Port, Canada
Photo Category: Wrecks & Relics
Abandoned/tied up along shore of Fraser River adjacent Amix recycling facility (New Westminster).

Given poor weather conditions (wet/foggy/windy) that's the best I could do to "clean up" photo.
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Arctic Transport (Until 2008 Nov)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Fishing Vessel
Gross tonnage:487 tons

Additional Information
Home port:Seattle Wa
Build year:1945
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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andrecas on Feb 18, 2019 03:34 (5 months ago)
rarcand, thank you for the link. After further rummaging around various on-line sources I notice SPUDNIK made the news several times in 2014. One such story appeared November 12, 2014 on Global News when they reported Spudnik broke free from its moorings. Following is extract from their report....
"VANCOUVER – The Coast Guard is now towing the derelict vessel ‘Spudnick’ to New Westminster after it broke away from its moorings earlier today.

The 59.7-metre long vessel is a former U.S. Navy transport freighter, which is usually anchored at Nexen Beach in Howe Sound. Coast Guard spokesperson, Dan Bate, says since the boat was moored there in March they have been receiving calls from locals concerned about the fuel on board the rusting ship.
There is 5,000 litres of diesel and 1,500 litres of lubricating oil on board and locals were concerned about it leaking into the sound.
By the end of September the Coast Guard issued an order for the owner to take action to mitigate the release of the fuel, but Bate says the owner was in the process of doing so, but hadn’t completed the task.
At 7 a.m. on Wednesday they were informed the vessel had broken from its moorings and was adrift.
They sent out the tugboat ‘Cutlass’ and it now has the vessel under tow. It is set to arrive at Amix Marine Services’ facility in New Westminster at some point tonight.
Bate says the fuel will then be removed, possibly at the owner’s expense."
rarcand on Feb 16, 2019 22:38 (5 months ago)
Some info at (in german) explaining the reason of its arriving at New Westminster from Squamish.
andrecas on Feb 16, 2019 14:13 (5 months ago)
Kyle, thank you for identifying subject vessel. Interesting bio included with your June 17, 2014 upload.
Kyle Stubbs on Feb 16, 2019 04:34 (5 months ago)
This is the SPUDNIK (IMO 8974025), which went through an infamous bout of abandonment at Squamish, BC back in 2014.
andrecas on Feb 14, 2019 02:36 (5 months ago)
Thanks racand. I checked the banks of the Fraser River using Google Earth and came up with usual barges and log booms along the river banks. Will keep digging around on-line. Might be something (somewhere), layered in among the different sites...…?
rarcand on Feb 14, 2019 01:58 (5 months ago)
Found it on Google Earth and it is been around since 2014. What appeared to be some kind of old icebreaker was tied alongside in july 2018. Still do not know what it is.
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