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Updated: Aug 2, 2019

What happens when a tanker ship starts leaking 150,000 liters of oil into the waters of English Bay?

In 2015 the MV Marathassa, a cargo ship that was sitting idle at anchor, leaked 2,800 Liters of fuel into English Bay. After that spill threatened marine life and cost the city and its tax payer around half a million dollars, response teams aren't taking any chances.

When a spill happens, a quick emergency response plan is critical. From "The Star", read Jesse Winter's full article (link below) which details a developed spill response plan. This plan, which includes the use of marine absorbents, is put into place by the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) in order to protect the B.C. coast.

Full article:


Image of The Aquarius (cover picture) by Winter, J. (2018, October 24). [Digital image]. Retrieved November 14, 2018, from htps://

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