A Vancouver researcher says it’s only a matter of time before English Bay is hit with a large oil spill.
Eoin Finn says the federal government quietly ushered in changes in 2013 that allowed the world’s largest ships to refuel in the ocean.
“The risks involved in open ocean — as in English Bay — bunkering are much greater for the beaches, for the population, for our tourism industry, than is bunkering at a port.”
Finn says the large vessels involved could carry up to 3,500 tonnes of fuel.
That’s 1,400 times more than what spilled out of the MV Marathassa in April.
Finn says no ships refueled in the open ocean waters off English Bay last year, but at least one has so far in 2015.