LOCATION: Bella Coola, British Columbia
Case number: 120-691
In the early evening of August 4, 2015, the CCG was informed that the 80 year old, 20.5 metre wooden fishing vessel Pacific Grizzly had sunk alongside the dock in Bella Coola and was polluting the local area. The vessel contained an estimated 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 10 gallons of lube oil. The release of pollutants was both visible and continuing. The owner took responsibility for the spill and responded to the situation. He removed 13 barrels of diesel fuel and six drums of fuel/water mixture from the vessel and finally, deconstructed the vessel. Coast Guard had two roles, first to monitor the work arranged and managed by the owner and second to provide specific booming and absorbents directly to the site.
On June 10, 2016, the Coast Guard filed a claim with the Administrator for costs and expenses in the amount of $23,110.35, pursuant to the Marine Liability Act. The Administrator confirmed that the claim was a legitimate one on the Fund and after investigation and assessment she made a final offer for the established amount of $23,110.35 plus interest. The offer was accepted on July 7, 2016, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans was paid $23,851.79.
The Administrator engaged a professional locator service to identify the assets of the registered owner of the vessel.
Counsel for the Administrator pursued recourse action against the registered owner. A negotiated settlement of $12,500.00 was agreed and upon receipt of payment the Administrator provided the owner with an executed Release. On February 8, 2017 the Administrator closed the file.