The Canadian Coast Guard protects coastal ecosystems for the local community

COLLIERS, NL, August 22, 2022 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada is committed to keeping our marine and coastal areas clean and safe for generations to come. The Canadian Coast Guard is proud to announce that another dangerous large vessel has been retired and no longer poses a threat to the marine environment.

The Hamilton Banker was a 100ft steel fishing boat that ran aground in Necklaces, Newfoundland during a winter storm January 2020. The vessel has been assessed and deemed to pose a pollution risk to the environment. The local community and environmental response teams were delighted to see the derelict vessel dismantled and successfully towed into June 2022.

A total of approximately 41,000 liters of fuel, lubricants and oily water mixtures were pumped from the vessel and the 711,000 pound vessel, dismantled into approximately 17 sections, was removed from the marine environment. Dive teams conducted seabed surveys and removed debris, including heavy pieces of steel, from the ship. Debris removal is now complete and divers have conducted a final underwater video survey.

The dismantled vessel is safely stowed on a barge and secured alongside the Marine Recycling Corporation facility at Sydney, Nova Scotia. The company was awarded the contract following a competitive bidding process.

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“The Canadian Coast Guard works around the clock to protect coastal communities and marine ecosystems. His work benefits community members like Necklaces, who can now safely enjoy their coastal waters. Many thanks to the community and environmental response teams for a job well done in removing this concerning vessel.”

The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Fast facts

  • The Canadian Coast Guard is the agency responsible for responding to ship-source pollution and pollution threats in Canadian waters.

  • Polluters must use their own resources to fight pollution or hire a service provider to do so on their behalf.

  • If the polluter is unknown, unable or unwilling to intervene, the Canadian Coast Guard will act quickly to counter any threat of pollution.

  • Canada respects the “polluter pays” principle. This means that the polluter is responsible for the costs of the damage caused by his pollution.

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