Transport Canada orders removal of sunken barge

It's been a wish of waterfront Chemainiacs for years — the removal of the five barges brought in by the developers of the Chemainus Quay and Marina Complex.

Now it looks like their wish is coming true.

"(Transport Canada) directed the owners to remove all the dry docks to an area where they won't be an obstruction to navigation, and to maintain them to ensure they remain afloat," said Jillian Glover, spokeswoman at Transport Canada.

"It's ultimately the responsibility of the owner to ensure they don't pose a threat to navigation or the environment."

The order comes after one of the barges sunk at the end of January.

There have been assurances that the sunken vessel, which is still at the bottom of the harbour, does not pose an environmental hazard, but it could be a risk to navigation.

"(The barge owner) has received an order to remove it," Glover confirmed.



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