photos: what happens when a ship leaks fuel in vancouver’s harbour - containment boom

by:Demi     2019-09-14
photos: what happens when a ship leaks fuel in vancouver’s harbour  -  containment boom
As the sun rises from the horizon, the radio in Vancouver's harbor makes the crack of life.
The fuel-laden tanker, Aquarius, collided with another ship and is currently leaking 150,000 liters into the British Gulf.
More than a dozen engines in response to the ship growled, allowing them to accelerate towards the troubled Aquarius, hoping to control and clean up the leak as soon as possible.
But none of this is true. It’s a once-a-
Annual exercises conducted by Western Canada Marine Response (WCMRC)
Test its ability to protect B. C.
The only port on the coast during the oil spill.
WCMRC invites the media to observe the exercises together and provide a glimpse of how they operate.
The hypothetical leak is expected to spill a lot of "C cabin" fuel to the British Gulf After 7: 00. m. By 9:50 a. m.
When our media ship arrived at anchorage point in "Zulu", the response ship of WCMRC was already in action.
Aquarius is surrounded by an orange primary containment, and two boats are surrounded by a yellow secondary containment around her.
Michael Lowry of WCMRC explained that at the same time, experts will assess the coastline near the leak to determine where protection may be required.
It includes eco-sensitive places such as eel grass beds or bird nesting areas, as well as public places such as beaches, docks and docks.
"Once all of this is done, they start using the purpose to skim the fuel from the surface of the water --
"The skimming ship was built," Lorrie said . ".
From there, it was transferred to the barge and sent to the disposal facility.
For fuel that is considered heavy fuel, Lowry says, their skimming ship uses a brush-type oil purifier to mechanically collect fuel from the surface of the water.
"It turns out that they are very effective for heavy fuel," Lowry said . ".
Lowry says the skimming process can take a week to 10 days for the scale of the practice scenario.
Once the leak itself is controlled and cleared from the surface of the ocean, the crew will shift their attention to cleaning up any contaminated shoreline area.
Lowry says it doesn't make sense to try to clean up the coast before the main source is dealt with, because the crew will eventually have a failed battle with the waves.
While Tuesday's exercise was only one, when MV Marathassa leaked 2,700 liters of toxic marine fuel to the Burrard entrance, a similar but much smaller real leak occurred.
Laurie said WCMRC also responded to the leak, saying it was a "textbook" clean-up operation as far as their role was concerned.
"There was no water in 18 hours.
The shoreline cleanup was done very quickly and there was not much oil on the coastline, "he said.
The recommendation of the Canadian Coast Guard for an independent review of the oil spill found that while the physical clean-up itself went well, it reminded local municipalities of the information-sharing and notification system, improvements are needed for First Nations and other stakeholders.
Surface and shoreline fuel may just be part of the problem.
Heavy fuel such as C cabin or diluted asphalt-
TransMountain pipeline-
It's usually floating, Lowry says, but if they're contaminated with sediment, they sink.
In this case, cleanup becomes more tricky.
First of all, pollution must be detected in the water column or under the sea floor.
Rescue workers must then find a way to get it back from the depths.
This may include dredging the affected area or sending divers down with a vacuum hose to absorb contaminants from the bottom of the sea.
The clean-up response shown on Tuesday shows the resources currently held by WCMRC.
If the expansion of the TransMountain pipeline is finally carried out, the resources will be greatly increased, Lorrie said.
A total of 120 new full-
The time position will be added, along with about 40 new response ships, effectively doubling the fleet of WCMRC.
This will also shorten their response time to a maximum of two hours in the Vancouver port and a maximum of six hours in other parts of the province's southern coast. The total $150-
Laurie said that millions of costs are not borne by taxpayers, but by the industry itself.
Lowry said that WCMRC has received financing to pay for new resources and will recover these costs by charging (
Lowry describes it as a "charge ")
The amount of oil transported in waters protected by WCMRC.
On 2016, the federal government announced $1.
It provided $5 billion in funding for its marine protection program.
WCMRC will not see the money, Lowry said.
Most of the federal government's money will be used to study the environmental impact, spills of marine transport --
Emergency equipment for the Canadian Coast Guard, better emergency planning, and improvements in maritime navigation and vessel tracking.
Jesse winter is an investigative journalist in Vancouver.
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