New cofferdam in place

Christy Boyd
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CHANGE ISLANDS — On Jan. 15-16 while concerned citizens of Change Islands, Fogo Island, New World Island and Twillingate were engaged in a series of meetings with Bonavista, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor MP Scott Simms regarding the oil leaking from the Manolis L., the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) was preparing to install the new redesigned cofferdam at the site of the sunken paper carrier.

Canadian Coast Guard Environmental Response Team preparing to place a current meter at the location of the sunken Manolis L. The meters will measure the strength and direction of subsea currents. The crew also placed underwater temperature gages. Information gathered from the meters will be used by DFO Science and the Coast Guard to better understand the dynamic underwater conditions at the wreck site to support ongoing operations.

CHANGE ISLANDS — On Jan. 15-16 while concerned citizens of Change Islands, Fogo Island, New World Island and Twillingate were engaged in a series of meetings with Bonavista, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor MP Scott Simms regarding the oil leaking from the Manolis L., the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) was preparing to install the new redesigned cofferdam at the site of the sunken paper carrier.

In an emailed statement from the CCG the Pilot learned that on Jan. 18 the CCG Environmental Response team successfully placed the new, larger, redesigned cofferdam on the Manolis L. to catch oil leaking from the vessel.

The new cofferdam has a seal and added weight to secure it in place on the sunken vessel. Upon completion of the operation the CCG did a full survey of the hull to confirm the new cofferdam was working properly. There was no oil detected escaping from the cofferdam and no oil found on the surface of the water.

In addition to the new cofferdam the CCG also deployed four underwater current meters and five temperature sensors. The purpose of this equipment is to record the strength and direction of subsea currents and ocean temperatures. This information is used to support Department of Fisheries and Oceans technicians understand the condition around the Manolis L. to aid in ongoing operations.

Following the winter ice season the CCG will return to the site of the Manolis L. and remove any oil collected in the cofferdam, check the oil containment devices to confirm they are functioning properly and assess the status of the hull on the vessel.

The CCG Environmental Response team will be monitoring the site using Transport Canada aerial surveillance and CCG helicopters and vessels.

They are still asking the public to report any sightings of oil to the Environmental Emergencies Line at (709) 772-2083 or 1-800-563-9089.

 

christy.boyd@pilotnl.ca

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Transport Canada

Geographic location: CHANGE ISLANDS, Fogo Island, New World Island Twillingate

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