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Richmond fishing company charged with unsafe transportation of ammonia

Arctic Pearl Fishing, which operates the trawling ship Viking Enterprise, will be in court on Nov. 9.
The Viking Enterprise

A Richmond fishing company has been charged with transporting ammonia by people not trained to do so, not complying with safety regulations as well as possibly dumping it.

Arctic Pearl Fishing, Arctic Pearl Ice and Cold Storage and Kwong Man Sang Company have all been charged in connection with incidents that allegedly occurred in the fall of 2017.

The lawsuit also cites Xian Peng Liu, David Wing Cheong Lui as well as Wei Wu in the charges.

The charges range from handling or transporting dangerous goods, that is, anhydrous ammonia - used in the shipping industry for refrigeration - as well as not complying with safety requirements.

All three companies and all three individuals are also charged with failing to report “actual or anticipated release of a dangerous good” which could have potentially endangered public safety.

Arctic Pearl Fishing is on Worster Court just off Jacombs Road. They advertise online as suppliers of turbot, hake, rockfish and sole. According to its website, the company operates the Viking Enterprise, a trawling ship that can store up to 200 tonnes of frozen fish onboard. Its home port is in Vancouver.

Those facing charges will be in a Vancouver courtroom on Nov. 9 - they originally were in Richmond Provincial Court.

The Nov. 9 court date is for a pre-trial hearing.