INCIDENT NAME: George H Ledcor Capsizing – North Arm Fraser River

OBJECTIVE:

Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) is a method for surveying affected shoreline after a spill. Following the capsizing of the George H Ledcor Tug, two teams with representation from the Musqueam First Nation, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, the City of Richmond / City of Vancouver and the Responsible Party conducted surveys from August 15–17, 2018.

Description

August 15

August 16

August 17

McDonald Beach – Incident site and east

YES YES NO

McDonald Beach West/Pirate’s Cove

YES YES YES

McDonald Beach Boat Launch

YES YES YES

McDonald Slough

YES YES YES

Fraser River Park

YES YES YES

Celtic Drive

YES (east only) YES (west only) YES (west only)

Deering Island

YES NO YES

Musqueam Creek / Slough

YES YES YES

Musqueam Foreshore

NO YES NO

Milltown Marina Habitat Compensation

YES (west only) YES (west only) YES

Iona Beach

YES NO NO

 

SCAT REPORT SUMMARY:

On August 14 a preliminary assessment was conducted by Canadian Wildlife Service and Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy: non-recoverable rainbow sheen was observed on water at McDonald Beach Boat Launch; no wildlife in distress were observed.

On August 15, SCAT crews reported odour and rainbow sheen on water and along 100 meters of shoreline at McDonald Beach Park; test pits revealed no oil below the surface. A silver / rainbow sheen was observed on the water at the mouth of McDonald Slough. No sheen / product was observed at any other assessment sites.

On August 16, SCAT crews reported improved conditions at McDonald Beach Park; no sheen / product on the water or shoreline. Rainbow sheen and emulsified product was reported on the water at McDonald Beach Boat Launch. Non-recoverable, light silver sheen was observed on the water at the east end of Fraser River Park and central area, immediately east of the observation pier. Notably, no sheen / product was observed on the shoreline at Fraser River Park. Strong odour and nonrecoverable rainbow sheen was observed at the waterline in the riprap and on the water (50 meters by 200 meters) adjacent to Celtic Drive. Observations by field crews were confirmed by Canadian Coast Guard helicopter overflights at 12:00 and 15:00 that reported non-recoverable sheen only.

On August 17, SCAT crews reported non-recoverable rainbow sheen at the McDonald Beach Boat Launch. All other sites were assessed by boat and no sheen was observed.

Notably: no wildlife in distress were observed over the course of the assessments outlined above.

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