General News · 14th February 2019
The 80 ft. Rolano was built in 1943 in Sweden and has a lot of history (nauticapedia). But, after several years of free anchorage in the Gorge H., the steel anchor cable rusted out, and with a NW squall, the neglected Rolano came ashore onto our shellfish beach lease. Thanks to the first responders, Island Sea Farms, who installed an absorbent boom. Thanks to Dan Hilton and comrades who continued to monitor the ship as it lay over and then righted itself during a couple of tide changes. Thanks to the Harbour Authority of Cortes Island for their boom supplies, and to Amanda Glickman for her support. The Environmental Response Team from the Canadian Coast Guard quickly sent a team to install containment booms and assess the situation. The next morning there were four vessels, including a Coast Guard vessel from Vancouver. They pulled the Rolano off the beach and towed it out of the Gorge H. It went to Campbell River where 3 - 45 gallon drums of oil and 27 - 5 gallon buckets of oil were removed from the deck. The 13000 L fuel tanks, oil tanks, and bilge have been pumped clean. Thanks to Piper Harris from Coast Guard who organized the removal. This event had the potential to be a real disaster for the Gorge H. ecosystem and the shellfish industry. Luckily, there was no oil pollution and only minor damage to our oyster lease.
Thanks to everyone for their help.
Dave Nikleva and Janet Forsyth
Comment by Amanda and Barry Glickman on 14th February 2019
And thank you to David for his patience as it was his lease that the Rolano landed on.
Just a reminder to Gorge Harbour users... events like this are a little frightening as a hull breach of this vessel could have resulted in a significant pollution spill that would have impacted all of us. We appreciate those of you who take care of your vessels and moorings!
Comment by Jon Knowles on 14th February 2019
Three cheers! to all the people from Island Sea Farms, Amanda and Dave for their quick action. Also the Response team, the Coast Guard , the Night Drifter who provided the tow and anyone else who was there. Most of all thanks to our Lucky Stars that it happened as it did without a major disaster!