The Coast Guard has confirmed the grain ship the Marathassa is the source of the fuel spill in English Bay.
“That changes the context of the fiscal liabilities and the claims process that so many of our partners working this scenario are interested in,” Asst. Comm. Roger Girouard told reporters Friday morning.
He says still only about 80 per cent of what’s believed to be 2,700 litres of bunker fuel has been recovered after the spill was reported Wednesday evening.
He says the sheen should dissipate later Friday morning.
The ship remains boomed, but Girouard says he’s confident there will be no more leakage.
Vancouver Park Board chair says the public is still being told to stay out of the water, and keep their pets away as well.
“The signs are up. We have Rangers patrolling the beach and telling people to stay away,” he tells CKNW. “If people are interested in volunteering, they can call 311. We don’t want people to go down there and just start to do their own cleanup because they need to be trained as this is a toxic material.”
He says the oil is coming ashore from Sunset Beach to Second Beach in Stanley Park, but not at Kits Beach.
Shoreline clean-up teams will deployed at Sandy Cove and Stanley Park and gradually move south.
Environmentalists and park board staff are keeping an eye on the marine life.