MV Abitibi Vancouver Cruises Grounding British Columbia Canada – MV Abitibi Chartered by Triplesnake Entertainment on October 28, 2007, for a Halloween costume, DJ music party with about 360 passengers aboard, grounded in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Passengers aboard the MV Abitibi for a costume mandatory Halloween cruise got the fright of their lives, as the ship ran aground, ending their cruise earlier than planned.
The ship grounded about 1:00 am after a 2.5 hour cruise. The Abitibi is a rather shallow drought cruise ship, about 147 feet in length, that operates in and around West Vancouver and the False Creek inner harbor.
The Abitibi is owned by Vancouver Cruises. General Russell Bennett said that most of the passengers aboard the Abitibi were picked up by another ship owned by Vancouver Cruises, the Gulfstream. About 60 passengers were still aboard after the initial evacuation.
The crew remained on the ship with the 60 remaining passengers until high tide floated them off. The ship then docked and disembarked the remaining passengers.
Upon inspection, the Abitibi was found to have no damage.
The ship was about one tenth of a mile from the dock when she grounded making for a short evacuation.