On April 5th, 2015, I drove a boat through the waters of English Bay, off the coast of Vancouver, BC, Canada, to photograph ships anchored in the sunlight.

Three days later, a grain ship started leaking fuel. It’s estimated that 2,800 litres (740 gallons) of toxic fuel have spilled so far. The nearby Coast Guard station closed two years ago; the back-up didn’t respond to this incident until three hours after the kilometre-long oil slick was first reported.