ATB tankers carry huge volumes of various oil products. Almost every week, a new oil shipment travels the entire length of the BC coastline for markets in Alaska. They don’t service BC coastal communities.
ATBs pass through loopholes that would normally regulate standard oil tankers, barely slipping under the minimum tonnage of the north coast tanker ban (Bill C-48). ATBs are tugboats that link into specialized oil product cargo barges.
They traverse BC’s Inside Passage to take a shortcut that standard oil tankers are restricted from taking for safety reasons. American Congressional Research calls them “Rule Breakers.”
Read our opinion piece to find out more about how ATBs put the BC coast at risk.
Read the Haiłzaqv (Heiltsuk) Nation’s investigation report into the Nathan E. Stewart disaster, in which the sinking of an ATB tanker caused more than 100,000 litres of diesel to spill into the sensitive marine environment near Bella Bella in 2016.