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Ship from Cyprus confirmed as source of fuel spill at English Bay

FILE: Fuel spill in English Bay on April 9, 2015. (Chad Dey, NEWS 1130 Photo)

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – We now know which ship is responsible for the spill in English Bay.

A cargo vessel from Cyprus on its maiden voyage is to blame.

There’s also now confirmation that the owners of that ship, the MV Marathassa, will be responsible for footing the bill.

“We now have a responsible party, and that changes the context of the fiscal liabilities and the claims process that so many of our partners working this scenario are interested in,” says Assistant Commissioner Roger Girouard with the Canadian Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard is asking you to leave the clean up work to the professionals for two reasons:

“Safety of the individuals,” says Girouard. “But also the challenge of getting of the waste product. You can’t throw chem wipes or paper towels with black product into your dumpster. That’s why we’d like to keep it to the professionals.”

Girouard also tells us the beach hardest hit was actually on the North Shore, where an 80-metre by half-metre pool reached Sandy Cove.