Bids now being accepted to remove the Viki Lyne II.
The process of removing and recycling a contentious derelict vessel in Ladysmith Harbour is now underway.
Today the federal government announced it was accepting bids for the contract to deconstruct the Viki Lyne II.
The abandoned ship was towed into the harbour in 2012 and still has an estimated 13-thousand litres of oil and solvents on board.
Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson has been pushing hard for the government to take action on the issue of derelict vessels and she says today’s announcement proves that putting pressure on the government works.
“This is a win for our region but it also highlights the need for a comprehensive coast-wide abandoned vessel solution so we can move beyond these boat-by-boat emergency measures.”
The issue will be debated in parliament next year.
The contract is now listed on the Government of Canada tender website, and includes removing the vessel from the marine environment, deconstructing it, and disposing of all pollutants and debris.