The potentially dangerous work of removing cargo from a grounded barge on Haida Gwaii is going to need several more days.
The unified effort, which includes the coast guard, environment ministry, resort owner HaiCo and village of Queen Charlotte officials, says experts are considering how to complete the process to salvage the barge.
It says the lightering process of the Hippa Lodge, a 48-guest luxury fishing barge that went aground Sept. 8, has been complicated by seawater that has flooded inside the barge.
Each step of the process to unload cargo needs careful planning for workers’ safety, with concerns of a ruptured fuel line leaving explosive gas vapours.
Officials say air and environmental monitoring continues and no pollution has been detected by field teams.
The barge drifted to Lina Island near the village of Queen Charlotte after breaking away from its moorings at Alliford Bay in high winds.