English Bay oil spill - Images at the beach
The City of Vancouver has confirmed a bunker fuel leak in English Bay and warned people not to touch the toxic slime washed up on shore. Transport Canada said the source remains unknown but 2600 feet of boom have been laid out around a Cyprus grain ship called Marathassa. Transport Canada would not confirm this as the source but said the owners of the suspect craft are cooperating fully. Marathassa arrived in Vancouver from Korea on April 6 and was loaded with grain near anchorage 12 when the spill was first reported. An oily sheen on English Bay was reported to Port Metro Vancouver at 5 p.m. yesterday. Department of Fisheries and Oceans said the spill has been contained but could not provide a timeline for clean up, a partnered effort between the Coast Guard and West Coast Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC).