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Fuel spill in English Bay

April 9 2015

VPD Marine Unit assisting with oil spill response in English Bay
Photograph by VPD Marine Unit

Just before 6:00am this morning we were alerted to a bunker oil spill from a ship in English Bay which occurred yesterday evening.

Fuel toxic: do not touch

The fuel is toxic. Boaters and watercraft operators should stay away. Do not to go to the beaches to offer assistance as there are potential health risks.

If you see any of the fuel wash up on shore, do not touch it. Instead, call the Coast Guard at 1-800-889-8852.

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Coordinated response

We are actively working to support a coordinated response with partners, including:

  • Port Metro Vancouver
  • Vancouver Police Department
  • Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services
  • Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Canadian Coast Guard
  • West Coast Marine Rescue Center

We have also activated the Emergency Operations Centre and is tightly monitoring the issue. Staff have also been sent to the Coast Guard operations centre.

Management of a spill is the responsibility of the Federal Government through Coast Guard, the Port, and their contracted agency for cleanup.

However, City staff, including park rangers, are in place to monitor our shoreline and have advised other municipalities that share the foreshore of Burrard Inlet.

Biologists and wildlife experts are also on site to assist in assessing impacts of the spill on shoreline and wildlife.

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