An assessment to be conducted this summer of the MV Manolis L, a shipwreck in Notre Dame Bay off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, will inform the development of Canadian Coast Guard plans for the recovery of the vessel’s cargo of an estimated 462 tons of fuel, 60 tons of diesel and removal of the vessel.
The contract valued at $5 million awarded to Resolve Salvage of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was announced today by the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement.
Coast Guard Environmental Response officers have been conducting regular site visits to survey the hull of the shipwrecked vessel, check containment seals and remove any oil collected by a cofferdam. The monitoring plan also includes aerial and on water surveillance to look for any signs of oil pollution and continued monitoring by Coast Guard fleet vessels.
This technical assessment will provide detailed information on the wreck’s exact location and orientation and the status of its hull. It will also identify the location and amount of contaminants that may be contained within the wreck. The information from this assessment will be used by the Coast Guard to protect the environment and determine long-term solutions for the wreck. The assessment is expected to begin on August 1 and conclude by September 4.
Above photo: CCGS George R. Pearkes and a barge carry out operations on the Manolis L. DFO photo.