Emergency Management BC says a tug and fuel barge that became detached in Heiltsuk waters Sunday will need more assessment before the vessels are allowed to get underway.
Transport Canada completed its inspection of the Jake Shearer tug and barge overnight under observation by a representative of the Heiltsuk Nation and Harley Marine Services.
Provincial officials say inspectors specializing in that particular type of vessel will need to conduct a secondary assessment along with an underwater inspection by divers. Both the divers and classification specialists are expected on site Wednesday.
EMBC says the tug and fuel barge remain anchored at Norman Morrison Bay with the tug boomed as a precaution.
The barge, loaded with 3.5 million litres of diesel and 500,000 litres of gasoline, became stranded in rough weather Sunday, precariously close to the rugged coastline.
The crew managed to drop anchor to prevent the barge drifting and it was later towed by tugboat to safer waters.