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Canadian Coast Guard to clean up WW2 wreck

U.S. Army transport ship that sank in the Grenville Channel in British Columbia in 1946 has been leaking oil for some time.
(Filephoto of the USAT Brigadier General M. G. Zalinski) The Canadian government is currently developing a plan to remove all the oil and munitions.[
Fisheries and Oceans Canada  |  Canadian Coast Guard Announces Significant Environmental Protection Operation    |   08-18-2013
The Canadian Coast Guard will undertake a significant environmental response operation due to the deteriorating condition of the sunken World War II United States Army Transport vessel, the Brigadier General M.G. Zalinski.

The oil and cargo recovery operation on the Brigadier General M.G. Zalinski is large in both scope and significance. The Canadian Coast Guard is leading the operation with support from several other federal government departments.

The deteriorating condition of the vessel paired with its contents make now the right time to act to ensure there are no adverse effects to the environment. The Coast Guard will not tolerate the risk of a large release of oil.

The Coast Guard is the lead federal agency to oversee and manage the operation. As such, it will be the on-scene commander for the duration of the operation and will direct the removal and the recovery of marine pollutants from the vessel and actively monitor the operation.

The ship's manifest listed at least twelve 500-pound bombs, .30 and .50-calibre ammunition and 700 tonnes of bunker oil, and the fishing community is concerned about the potentially toxic effects of those materials on shellfish and other marine life.

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The vessel rests upside down on a steep underwater cliff at a depth of 34m. | Illustration: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Given the precarious position of the vessel – upside down, on a steep underwater cliff – all efforts to ensure a safe and effective operation will be undertaken, including, as required, securing the vessel to the cliff face, and installing monitors to measure any movement of the vessel during the removal of the oil.

The Brigadier General M.G. Zalinski lies approximately 100 km south of Prince Rupert and 2.5 km south-west of James point on Lowe Inlet in the Grenville Channel. The Grenville Channel is a narrow fjord-like waterway with significant tidal fluctuations and currents up to 3 knots.

The Grenville Channel sees commercial fishing vessels, ferries, cruise ships, and pleasure craft transiting its waters on a regular basis, with increased frequency in the summer months. These waters, naturally shielded from stronger offshore winds and weather conditions, are the preferred route of many cruise ships.


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