Ship hits pier, spilling oil north of Vancouver

An oil spill fouled the waters of Howe Sound north of Vancouver on Friday, sending surfers scrambling out of the water.

Dan Bate, a spokesman for the Coast Guard, said the cargo ship Westwood Anette hit a pier at a terminal and a fuel tank burst.

“Coast guard emergency response is being dispatched,” Bate said.

He said a cleanup company was contracted immediately.