WATCH: It’s been five days since the barge came loose from its tugboat and ended up near Clover Point. Monica Martinez has the latest.
A barge carrying debris from the Coho ferry terminal remains beached on the Dallas Road Waterfront.
“It’s big and a big eyesore right now,” said Cory Mason, who came to check out the sight.
It’s been sitting here now for five days, and Monday there were no signs of progress, no work being done to remove the vessel.
“It’s a lot bigger than we actually anticipated. I’m wondering how they are going to get it out of here,” Mason said.
Last Wednesday night, two barges came loose from their tugboat near Clover Point, sending the two vessels to the shoreline.
The first barge contained fuel and was cleared the next day. It’s now at the Point Hope Shipyards being repaired.
But barge number two is still stuck. A boom is in place to contain any material that may have fallen into the water.
The Transportation Safety Board said they are working with the owner, Heavy Metal Marine, to create a salvage plan. The company is on the hook for all cleanup costs, including costs for the Coast Guard.
“The marine surveyor is still assessing the damage and once Transport Canada has a salvage plan, we would review it and approve it and as long as the weather is favourable for a safe operation then the barge will be removed from the beach,” said Jillian Glover, Transport Canada spokesperson.
That could take days, and perhaps even weeks.
“I don’t have a timeline but ideally we would like to do it as soon as possible,” she said.
Transport Canada will be inspecting the tug and its operator to see if there were any violations of the Canada Shipping Act.
Part of the investigation will include whether the tug operator was certified.
For now, the vessel is attracting visitors who also want to know why this happened.