Western Chief (2015)

LOCATION: Fishermen’s Wharf in False Creek, British Columbia

Case number: 120-693

On June 14, 2015, the Coast Guard was advised of a mystery diesel spill near the fishing vessel Western Chief at the Fishermen’s Wharf in False Creek, British Columbia. Coast Guard responded to the scene and confirmed that the spill was both significant and recoverable. The vessel owner did not initially accept responsibility for the spill. Transport Canada inspectors attended the scene as well as the Vancouver Fire Department.

The Coast Guard responded as Incident Commander; 1,000 litres of oily water was skimmed from the area, 3,000 litres of oily water was removed from the bilges of the vessel and in addition 76 bags of solid waste (absorbents) were recovered from the area.

The Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) was contracted by Coast Guard and provided timely and effective response.

On July 18, 2016, the Administrator received a claim in the amount of $45,521.92 from Coast Guard pursuant to the Marine Liability Act. The claim was assessed and on August 18, 2016, the Administrator made an offer to Coast Guard for the established amount of $45,521.92 plus interest. This offer was accepted.

The Administrator through Counsel pursued recourse action against the shipowner. On March 14, 2017, the Administrator executed a Release for the owners of the Western Chief and received a settlement payment of $43,000.00 from the owners’ insurers. Having concluded a successful recourse action the file was closed on March 28, 2017.