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Data from survey of the Manolis L. hull being processed, analyzed

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response team operating from a coast guard pollution response vessel, lowered a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) into the water on its way to survey the hull of the sunken vessel the Manolis L.
On Wednesday, Nov. 29, Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response team operating from a coast guard pollution response vessel, lowered a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) into the water on its way to survey the hull of the sunken vessel the Manolis L. - Canadian Coast Guard

NEAR CHANGE ISLANDS, NL — As part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s regular maintenance program for the Manolis L. (the vessel that sunk off of Change Islands in January of 1985) and the on-going surveillance of the site, coast guard recently detected some light unrecoverable oil sheens in the area.

According to coast guard the sheens were small, between 0.2 – 1.7 litres.

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, a Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response team completed an underwater survey of the Manolis L. using a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) to check the hull, the cofferdam and the containment seals that were previously installed.

Data from the ROV survey is being processed and coast guard will be analyzing the video information collected.

When the vessel sunk in 1985 it went down with about 500 tonnes of fuel onboard. Efforts such as repairs to the vessel and a cofferdam have been utilized to try and contain/collect any seepage while citizen’s groups have called for the oil to be removed from the vessel.

Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response has not received any reports of oiled seabirds in the Fogo Island area. Coast Guard encourages the public to contact the environmental emergencies line at 772-2083 or 1-800-563-9089 to report any sightings of pollution in the marine environment.

It was noted in information provided by coast guard, “Protection of the marine environment and the safety of those at sea are among the Canadian Coast Guard’s top priorities.”

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