On October 4, 1990, the Rio Orinoco, a tanker with a gross tonnage of 6000 tons,
left Amway Bay in Venezuela loaded with 9000 metric tons of liquid asphalt
destined for Montreal, canada.
On October 15, 1990, the Rio Orinoco, in transit thru the Gulf of St. lawrence,
began experiencing mechanical problems.
In the hours that followed, the crew tried to make repairs
but without much success.
The ship's captain, therefore, decided to leave the usual channels
and head for an anchorage near Port Meunier on Anticosti Island.
During the night a strong wind came up,
abd the ship began dragging its anchors.
At 0430 local time on October 16, 1990,
the ship notified the Canadian Coast Guard that it had run aground and was
leaking from the bottom of the ship.