05 December 2023
The post-Panamax container vessel Europe, owned by Greek-based company Danaos Shipping, recorded an oil spill of 60 to 100 liters of fuel in Vancouver’s English Bay.
Note that, the Canadian Coast Guard was informed of the oil spill on Saturday morning. In this regard, it has deployed a boom to limit the spread of the oil.
What is a Spill Containment Boom?
Booms are floating, physical barriers to oil, made of plastic, metal, or other materials, which slow the spread of oil and keep it contained. Skilled teams deploy booms using mooring systems, such as anchors and landlines. There are three main types of a boom, Hard, Sorbent, and Fire type.
“We anticipate the fuel has thinned and spread out overnight and we are working today to aggressively contain the slick and remove as much as possible from the marine environment.”Canadian Coast Guard
Moreover, the Coast Guard also said on Sunday that the ship had released no further fuel.
“We believe the situation will remain stable,”Canadian Coast Guard
In view of the above, the ship’s owner contracted the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) to respond to the incident. The company will always operate under the leadership of the Canadian Coast Guard.
Last week the Greek-based shipping companies Empire Bulkers Limited and Joanna Maritime Limited received orders to pay $2 million ($1 million each) over violations of pollution acts in the U.S.
Note that, the two companies received convictions for knowing and willful violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS) and the Ports and Waterways Safety Act related to their role as the operator and owner of the Motor Vessel (M/V) Joanna.