MV Marathassa comes to Port

The MV Marathassa, known for leaking oil in Vancouver’s English Bay last spring, is currently docked in Prince Rupert.

The MV Marathassa is in the Prince Rupert harbour a year after it had a fuel oil spill in Vancouver.

The MV Marathassa, known for leaking oil in Vancouver’s English Bay last spring, docked in Prince Rupert for two weeks earlier this month.

The bulk carrier cargo ship spilled approximately 2,800 litres of fuel oil in English Bay on April 8, 2015. An oil sheen reached many of the beaches around Vancouver and clean-up took 16 days.

Following the spill, the Canadian Coast Guard issued a report on what happened and found 25 recommendations on how to deal with marine spills in the future, including improved coordination of communication between the port and the coast guard.

The Marathassa spent its two weeks anchored at Prince Rupert’s outer harbour.

“It’s in port to pick up a load of canola from Prince Rupert Grain,” said Michael Gurney from the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

“It’s being treated just as any other cargo vessel upon coming into Prince Rupert, including an inspection by a member of our operations department, which took place on Saturday (April 30). From those accounts the vessel looked sound and he was pleased with the interaction he had with the master and the crew.”