Responding to the oil leaking from the MV Schiedyk has required many different skill sets, types of equipment, and vessels to manage everything from skimming oily debris off the water, to accommodation for response crews, to planning for oily debris waste disposal. While the Canadian Coast Guard, members of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and other partners have been on-site for the past seven months, they’ve also been supported by many local businesses and contractors. These are some of the Canadian or Canada-based companies and contractors who have been involved in the response:
- Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC): provided Environmental Response capacity including skilled crews, pollution response vessels, boom and other equipment.
- West Coast Marine Terminals: provided a secured land space for a Staging Area, including a covered warehouse to store equipment, deep sea docks, barge ramps, and moorage.
- Critter Cove Marina: provided accommodations and meals for crews on-site, a rental skiff, as well as fuel and moorage for response vessels.
- Atlantic Towing: provided the on-water work platform onboard the offshore vessel Atlantic Condor for Resolve Marine Group.
- Golder Associates: provided on-water aquatic environmental monitoring services that protect fish habitat and species at risk, including post operation scientific dive assessments, during the Bulk Oil Removal operation
- Triox Environmental Emergencies: provided Shoreline Clean-up Assessment Technique (SCAT) survey, monitoring and advice, and a SCAT plan.
- Heiltsuk Horizon: provided tug Genni Bay and barge Mack 8, as well as crane services for waste removal during the technical assessment. Also provided tug Rapid Warrior to assist with Roboom deployment at the beginning of the response.
- Wainwright Marine Services: provided tug W. Pearce and tug Cadal, staging barge Miller 201 and crane operator. Assisting with boom, equipment movement, waste collection, etc.
- Heavy Metal Marine: provided Beside the Point barge and crane. Working in conjunction with Inlet Challenger tug. Assisted with barge operations, heavy anchor deployment and boom re-configuration.
- Grieg Seafood: provided mooring equipment for boom, as well as the vessel Essington II and assist tug Nelson Mac.
- Keystone Environmental: provided on-water aquatic environmental monitoring and sampling services that protect fish habitat and species at risk, including post operation scientific dive assessments, during the Phase 1 Technical Assessment
- Cypress Creek Logging: provided advice on boom sticks, deployment of boom sticks and provided transportation of Roboom. Provided the vessel Sand Buoy Chief.
- Gold River Timber: provided boom stick arrangement assistance as well as a hooktender vessel.
- Nootka Sound Marine Freight Inc.: provided the AG F.ord, a freight and landing barge that assisted with mooring lines.
- Pacificus Biological Services: provided environmental sampling services such as water sampling.
- Diversified Marine: provided marine equipment and supplies.
- Ocean Dynamics: provided marine surveyor services, including an initial multibeam and ROV survey of the shipwreck to confirm the oil leak source in December 2020.
- Britco: provided modular for office space and trailers.
- United Rentals: provided various pieces of equipment for the response.
The above list doesn’t include the various supplies and equipment that were locally sourced for the response, such as personal protective equipment, food and other supplies. And, in addition to Canadian and Canadian-based contractors, the following international contractors have also been involved in the shipwreck response:
- Resolve Marine Group: conducted the technical assessment of the shipwreck, including adding a temporary patch to the hull, as well as executed the bulk oil removal.
- Helix: provided ROVs to the Resolve Marine Group during bulk oil removals.
- Focus Wildilfe: supported development of the wildlife management plan, conducted marine bird and terrestrial wildlife surveys, monitored for oiled wildlife, provided active and static wildlife deterrence activities to prevent oil-wildlife interactions, as well as static bird deterrence training for personnel. Focus Wildlife also supported oil sample collection and drifter buoy deployment for trajectory analyses.
- London Offshore Consultants: provided marine technical consultant advice at the beginning of the response.
Thank you to all the many helping hands who have been part of this response.