Fire at Roberts Bank coal port puts one berth out of commission until middle of next week

Black smoke could be seen for several kilometers after a fire broke out at the Westshore Terminals coal port earlier this week.

Vice-president and general manager Denis Horgan said the small fire started on a conveyor belt on a loader at one of the terminal's two berths just after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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Delta Fire Department crews responded and the fire was out about 30 minutes later, he said.

No one was injured as a result of the fire and the cause is still under investigation.

The berth will be out of commission until next Wednesday while it undergoes repairs, Horgan said.

It is the same berth that was damaged when a ship crashed into it late last year. On Dec. 7, the Panama-registered and Japanowned bulk carrier Cape Apricot crashed into a causeway, destroying about 100 metres of the structure.

The berth was out of commission for several weeks while the area was cleaned up and the conveyor belt repaired.

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