High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada.
Interest: general mountaineering/ hiking/ backpacking/ skiing/ kayaking
In light of a 6 hour lag in getting a spill response in place and a 12 hour lag in notifying the health authorities, It speaks poorly of those in charge of the "world class" clean up response touted by both the Provincial and Federal government agencies.
This was reported by a recreational sailor, in calm weather, in broad daylight and it still took 6 hours to get a response. What if it had been dark and stormy? How much longer would the spill have gone on before detecting and would those conditions have hampered the booming and clean up even more?
This also happened in a relatively confined port. What if this happened just a few miles out of Vancouver, say in the Sabine Channel between Lasqueti and Texada Islands? While this was "only" a bunker fuel leak from the fuel tanks, it could have had a big impact anywhere on the coast. What if it was a ship carrying dilbit (that doesn't float) and it ran aground ANYWHERE on the BC coast?
Lastly, the Master of the vessel denied that it was his ship that caused the spill. This might have been to try to stall litigation against the shipping company he works for. "It's in the Courts" was reported. In some countries, when a ships master is found guilty of breaking a maritime law, they are banned from ever captaining another vessel in that countries waters.