$5-M contract awarded to assess Manolis L shipwreck

Published on July 26, 2016

The Manolis L. as it sunk off the coast of Change Islands in 1985.

Photo courtesy of the Maritime History Archive

A $5-million contract to assess the Manolis L shipwreck in Notre Dame Bay this summer has been awarded to a Florida company, according to a news release sent Tuesday from the federal government.

The Manolis L, a paper carrier, ran aground in January, 1985, and now rests 200 metres below the surface of the water. Residents began reporting oil in the water in 2013, and the Canadian Coast Guard investigated, finding two cracks in the hull.

The coast guard has been surveying the site regularly by sea and by air, checking containment seals and removing oil collected by a cofferdam.

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Dominic LeBlanc, minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced Tuesday morning a technical assessment will be done by Resolve Salvage of Fort Lauderdale. Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 4, the company will gather details on the exact location and orientation of the wreck, the status of its hull and the amount of contaminants within the wreck.

The assessment will help the Canadian Coast Guard in its plans to recover the vessel and its cargo, which includes an estimated 462 tonnes of fuel and 60 tonnes of diesel, according to the new release.

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