$15M contract awarded to remove oil from Manolis L shipwreck
Ardent Global specializes in wreck removal, previous jobs include raising Costa Concordia cruise ship
The federal government has awarded a $15-million contract to remove oil from a sunken paper carrier off Change Islands in Notre Dame Bay.
In a news release Thursday, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans said it had hired Ardent Global for the job.
The company is a specialist in the field of wreck removal and offshore decommissioning. Previous jobs include raising the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which sank off Italy in 2012, and salvaging a collapsed jack-up drilling rig, Troll Solution, from the Gulf of Mexico in 2016.
The Manolis L has been lying under 70 metres of water since it sank in 1985. Cracks developed in the hull during a storm in 2013.
In 2016, a technical assessment determined that 115-150 cubic metres of oil remain trapped in the wreck. The freighter was also carrying about 60 cubic metres of diesel.
The Canadian Coast Guard spent $6 million on a technical assessment of the wreck, after a local citizens group complained about pollution and demanded a cleanup.
According to DFO, all recoverable oil will be removed from the Manolis L. Planning is already underway and work should begin in July.