Canadian Coast Guard Announces Significant Environmental Protection Operation

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July 2013 

Canadian Coast Guard Announces Significant Environmental Protection Operation
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The Canadian Coast Guard today announced that it 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 Canadian Coast Guard is committed to protecting the safety of Canadians and protecting the environment,” said the Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, Mr. Marc Grégoire. “Throughout the operation, we look forward to engaging and collaborating with our partners to ensure the operation proceeds successfully.”

Zalinski Operation - History and Timeline of Work of the Brigadier General M.G. Zalinski Vessel
The Brigadier General M.G. Zalinski was built in 1919 and is a United States Army Transport vessel that served in World War II. The vessel ran aground during a storm and sank in 1946 in the Grenville Channel about 100 km south of Prince Rupert.

Zalinski Operation - The Brigadier General M.G. Zalinski Vessel and the Grenville Channel
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.

Zalinski Operation - Hot Tapping
In 2007, the Canadian Coast Guard issued a request for information from the international marine salvage industry seeking the most efficient and effective method to remove the oil from the Brigadier General M.G. Zalinski.

Zalinski Operation - Incident Command System and the Brigadier General M.G. Zalinski
As announced on March 18, 2013, the Canadian Coast Guard is adopting the Incident Command System (ICS) to strengthen its ability to respond to oil spills in the coming years.

Zalinski Operation - Canadian Coast Guard Operational Plan and Scope
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.

Zalinski Operation - Engaging our Partners in the Zalinski Operation
The Canadian Coast Guard will adopt the Incident Command System principles to undertake the operation.

Zalinski Operation - How is the Government of Canada supporting the Zalinski operation?
The oil and cargo recovery operation on the Brigadier General M.G. Zalinski is large in both scope and significance. It is being led by the Canadian Coast Guard with support from several other federal government departments. Below are the related roles and responsibilities.