Windago (2014)

LOCATION: Kitsilano Beach, British Columbia

Case number: 120-659-C1

The Incident
On June 11, 2014, the 53-foot ferro-cement sailing vessel Windago, which had more than 400 litres of diesel on board and various unknown quantities of lube oils, dragged anchor and ran aground off Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver. The vessel was holed and oil was leaking. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) took steps to minimize the oil pollution damage. A sensitivity map of the area impacted was requested from Environment Canada.

The owner had advised his inability to salvage the vessel and to mitigate the threat of additional pollution damage. CCG Environmental Response group assumed the roles of On-Scene Commander and responder. Western Canada Marine Response Corporation was engaged by CCG to boom the area around the grounded vessel. At the same time, CCG responders used absorbents and Vac pumps to recover and control the spread of pollution, and removed oil and pollutants into containment cubes.

An initial survey of the holed vessel enabled to determine that the hull could not be patched. Hence, a decision was taken to remove and dispose of the vessel, in order to prevent further pollution. Vancouver Pile and Dredge was hired on an emergency basis to remove the wrecked vessel. The dismantling and removal operations were finished at the end of the day on June 12, 2014.

During the removal process, a significant amount of flotsam and oil found its way onto the beach, covering a strip approximately one metre wide and 100 metres in length. The beach was cleaned by CCG and personnel from Vancouver Pile and Dredge during the morning of June 13, 2014.

The Claim
On February 17, 2016, the CCG on behalf of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO/CCG) filed a claim with the Administrator for costs and expenses incurred in the amount of $41,506.93, pursuant to the Marine Liability Act (the Act).

The Administrator determined that the claim was admissible under Part 7 of the Act.

Assessment and Offer
After investigation and assessment of the claim, the Administrator made an offer to DFO/CCG, on June 1, 2016, for the established amount of $41,506.93 plus interest, as full and final settlement. The offer was accepted by DFO/CCG on June 20, 2016, and a payment of $44,035.16, which included interest in the amount of $2,528.23, was made.

Recovery Action
On February 16, 2017, a demand letter was sent to the shipowner, but no response was received.

A location and asset search on the shipowner was subsequently conducted; however, all attempts were unsuccessful.

The file was closed on June 7, 2017.