Container ship spills 60-100 liters of fuel near Vancouver’s English Bay

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The Canadian Coast Guard is working to remove an estimated 60 to 100 liters of oil from the ocean near Vancouver’s English Bay after a cargo ship leak was discovered on Saturday, Jan. 21.

The Coast Guard said it was made aware of the spill after a Harbor Air pilot noticed something suspicious in the water as he flew overhead. After inspection, a naval response team found that the fuel came from a freighter named MV Europe.

The team estimated on Sunday that some 60 to 100 liters of oil had spilled into the ocean. Using ships, drones and a helicopter, Coast Guard members worked to map the size of the oil spill and remove as much of it as possible. Some of the oil in the waters off Point Gray and the North Arm cannot be recovered.

The Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish and Lyackson nations also worked Sunday to identify culturally sensitive areas to ensure those areas would be protected.

The Coast Guard said it was in contact with the owners of the MV Europe and found no further fuel leaks. On Sunday afternoon, the Coast Guard said it had not yet found any oil ashore.

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