News

Second barge sinks in Chemainus harbour

Transport Canada is dealing with one of Chemainus Bay
Transport Canada is dealing with one of Chemainus Bay's derelict barges that sunk last week, joining one barge already on the bottom.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

The ongoing saga of the barges squatting in Chemainus harbour continues.

In January, one of five barges originally brought in by the developers of the Chemainus Quay and Marina Complex sunk to the bottom of the harbour.

But despite a removal order from Transport Canada in February, the barges have continued to bob in the bay — until now.

"On Wednesday, Transport Canada responded immediately to the reports that (one of) the barge(s) was in danger of sinking," Transport Canada's Jillian Glover explained on Friday afternoon.

"Arrangements were made to have the barge pumped out as soon as possible. We are currently monitoring the situation and assessing what action needs to be taken."

Glover said a notice warning boaters in the area of additional debris as a result of the sinking of the barge was also issued.

"The Navigable Waters Protection Act allows Transport Canada to order an owner to adequately mark and/or remove an anchored/sunken vessel that is obstructing navigation," Glover said in an email to the News Leader Pictorial. "Failure to respond means Transport Canada may mark or remove the obstruction and recover costs from the owner. Transport Canada considers the barge owner responsible."

But Glover also noted that while the province and Transport Canada have explored disposal options, she says traditional disposal options "are not feasible at this time."

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

VIDEO: Witnesses describe scene at Parliament Hill; Raw footage of Ottawa shootings
 
Dateline: Cowichan 1947: Basketball excitement grips the valley
 
Raptor patrols put feathered garbage gobblers on high alert
ELECTION 2014: Taxes top issue in North Cowichan race
 
UPDATE: B.C. legislature to get security scanner
 
Fire burns old high school library in Alberni
Remembrance Day comes early with mural of the fallen
 
STARRs receive four awards at the 10K Cobble Hill run
 
Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere facing uncertain future

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.