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No immediate plans to remove final Chemainus barge

Just one of five derelict barges remains off Chemainus after a third sunk Tuesday. Another was towed by the feds to Ladysmith’s Slag Point while Ottawa talks about derelict-boat laws.  - Peter W. Rusland/file
Just one of five derelict barges remains off Chemainus after a third sunk Tuesday. Another was towed by the feds to Ladysmith’s Slag Point while Ottawa talks about derelict-boat laws.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland/file

The derelict barge listing on the Ladysmith Harbour shoreline for nearly two years, is finally out of the water.

But there is no indication if or when its Chemainus Harbour sister will follow.

The provincial Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations dismantled the Ladysmith barge — one of five Second World War-era drydock pieces left over from the failed Chemainus Quay and Marina project — just prior to Christmas.

Ministry staff have disposed of the trash and .taken all the metal to be recycled, leaving just the wood, which is expected to be dealt with early this year. Three of the other barges have sunk, the first of these about two yeara ago.

Ministry spokesperson Scott Allen believes the ministry does not have any immediate plans to deal with the barge that remains in the Chemainus Harbour.

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