An oil spill recovery vessel ran aground en route to a federal announcement on oil tanker safety in Vancouver on Monday, officials have confirmed.

The vessel was making a 12-hour trip from its base in Esquimalt to Vancouver for a tanker safety announcement by Federal Transport Minister Denis Lebel and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver when it struck an uncharted sandbar near Sandheads at the mouth of the Fraser River near Steveston.

Wow okay I feel safer already and would gladly welcome more large oil tankers in an inlet or strait near me. (via jakke)

Just…wow. I can only picture delivering the news to the Minister, and watching his face twitch upon learning about this particular PR fubar.

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