Fuel spill halts Horseshoe Bay sailing

One round-trip sailing from Horseshoe Bay to the Sunshine Coast was cancelled Wednesday morning after a semi-truck punctured its fuel tank while loading on to the ferry, spewing about 200 litres of oil on to the deck and vehicle ramp of a BC Ferries vessel.

Crews deployed absorbent pads and put a containment boom in place after the fuel spill. About five litres of oil is estimated to have spilled into Horseshoe Bay.

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It’s not known exactly how the semi-truck’s fuel tank was damaged during the loading, said Astrid Braunschmidt, spokesperson for BC Ferries.

She added the fuel tank was repaired on board the ferry while the cleanup was going on.

BC Ferries alerted emergency management officials to the spill, she said.

Elsewhere in West Vancouver, staff are still waiting for test results to determine what mystery liquid spilled from a storm drain on to Ambleside Beach last week.

The yellow liquid was cleaned up with a vacuum pump and containment boom.

But municipal crews were stumped as to what the substance was and sent it off for environmental testing.


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