Freighter that spilled fuel in Vancouver was on maiden voyage (UPDATE)


(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — A bulk carrier that leaked bunker fuel into Vancouver's English Bay was on its maiden voyage, The Daily Courier reported. A Transport Canada official said there appeared to have been a malfunction aboard the vessel, which was delivered by a Japanese shipyard in February. The Canadian Coast Guard said about 2,700 liters of oil spilled and that no additional fuel was being released.

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(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) (April 9) — Cleanup crews were working Thursday to recover bunker fuel believed to have leaked from a freighter in English Bay, The Vancouver Sun reported. A boom has been set up around the bulk grain carrier Marathassa, though a port official stressed that it has not been confirmed that the oil is from that ship. Fire rescue officials said about 1 metric ton of oil has been recovered so far.

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By Professional Mariner Staff