Canadian Coast Guard withdraws another dangerous vessel to protect coastal ecosystems

DARTMOUTH, NS, August 31, 2022 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada commits to removing ships that pose a pollution threat to the marine environment, impact coastal communities, and pose a risk to the health and safety of Canadians. 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 F/V Hydra Mariner was a 38 meter steel fishing boat that ran aground at Wrights Cove near Dartmouth, Nova Scotia during adverse weather conditions in January 2021. 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 August 2022.

Prior to removal operations, a contractor swept the site for unexploded ordnance left over from the Bedford Magazine explosion in 1945. Once the site was deemed safe, another contractor removed any salvageable pollutants of the ship, prepared the site for operations and began dismantling the ship on site.

Marine Recycling Corporation was awarded the contract to dismantle and remove the F/V Hydra Mariner following a competitive bidding process. The dismantled vessel was taken to the company’s recycling facility in Sydney, Nova Scotia for proper disposal.

Quotation

“I am pleased to report that work on the F/V Hydra Mariner was completed and the site remediated thanks to the Canadian Coast Guard and contractors. Vessels like this pose risks to the safety of the public and the marine environment. Kudos to everyone who helped restore the area to its former state.”

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

Fast facts

  • During adverse weather conditions in January 16-17, 2021the F/V Hydra Mariner broke loose from her mooring and ran aground on the east side of Navy Island at Wrights Cove near Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
  • In May 2022the Canadian Coast Guard has issued a request for proposals seeking contractors capable of safely eliminating the pollution threat posed by the F/V Hydra Mariner. This process ended on May 30, 2022.
  • Following a fair and competitive bidding process, a contract was awarded to Marine Recycling Corporation of New Scotland for the safe dismantling and removal of F/V Hydra Mariner of Wrights Cove. Marine Recycling Corporation is a marine company specializing in ship recycling. The contract is valued at $1,737,100.00 million.
  • 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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SOURCE Canadian Coast Guard

For further information: Kevin Lemkay, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, 613-992-3474, [email protected]; Media Relations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada Maritimes Region, 902-407-8439, [email protected]