Ship That Caused Bunker Spill in Vancouver Was On Maiden Voyage

Monday April 13, 2015

The bulk carrier confirmed to be the cause of a bunker spill in Vancouver's English Bay was on its maiden voyage at the time of the incident, The Canadian Press reports

According to a federal representative from Transport Canada, the Cyprus-flagged MV Marathassa appeared to experience a malfunction, and started leaking fuel while anchored. 

The ship had reportedly arrived in Vancouver on Wednesday to collect grain. 

Approximately 2,700 litres of oil was spilled, the Canadian Coast Guard estimated, who also confirmed that 80 percent of the fuel has been recovered as of Friday morning

Officials are confident that there is no more fuel being leaked, though booms to prevent the pollution from spreading will remain in place, said Roger Girouard, a commissioner with the coast guard. 

It has also been reported that the shipowner will likely be required to pay for all costs associated with cleaning up the bunker spill.