“It’s a very closely monitored practice. And because of the protocols in place, I am very confident it is a safe practice.”
That’s the voice of Port Metro Vancouver reassuring the public that new rules allowing the biggest class of ships in the world to refuel in English Bay won’t increase the risk of oil spills.
Spokesperson Duncan Wilson says it’s in an effort to free up space in the harbour, as well as avoid the need for large fully loaded vessels to sail the First Narrows under the Lions Gate Bridge.
He insists the move won’t increase the risk of oil spills.
“Because it is so closely monitored, if there was an incident during loading, you know immediately there is an incident, it is not an identified source, so you know immediately, and you can cease bunkering.”
Wilson says only one ship has re-fueled in English Bay in the past two years.
Most bunkering occurs in the harbour.