M/V Marathassa fuel spill

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The M/V Marathassa, a Panamax bulk grain carrier, arrived in English Bay early on the morning of April 6, 2015.

April 8, 2015, 4:48pm: Spill reported

Late in the afternoon on April 8, at 4:48pm, the Canadian Coast Guard’s Marine Communications Traffic Services Centre received the first report of a fuel oil spill sheen in the water, in English Bay close to the M/V Marathassa.

Several people reported similar observations, including one report indicating there were tar balls or fuel oil in the water.

These reports initiated Port Metro Vancouver to assess the fuel oil spill, and the Canadian Coast Guard to launch a fuel spill response, with the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC), and other partners.

April 9, 2015, 5:00am: City notified

On April 9, 2015, WCMRC notified the City of Vancouver of the fuel spill at around 5:00am.

Once notified, we activated the Emergency Operations Centre and dispatched City staff to participate in Unified Command, the leadership group that oversaw the fuel spill response.
Unified Command consisted of the Canadian Coast Guard, responsible party representatives, WCMRC, Province of BC, City of Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, City and District of North Vancouver, and Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish First Nations.