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CONTRIBUTION · 7th June 2013
Dennis Horwood
Two wrecks dotting the Minette Bay shoreline have been a visual or environmental nuisance for decades. The most recent, a 15 m, wooden-hulled vessel was unceremoniously deposited on the foreshore. It leaked oil, was a potential fire hazard, and was an eyesore along Minette Bay’s western shoreline. This prompted the Kitimat Valley Naturalists to undertake the removal of the worst of these beached craft.

This seemingly simple idea turned into a steady stream of emails, phone calls and on-site visits to determine how removing the wreck could be done to minimize further damage and still complete the job expeditiously.

The main contact person for this was Rob Dams, DFO’s Community Advisor who helped guide the Kitimat Valley Naturalists through the numerous government agencies in order to gain necessary approvals. Locally, it involved Rio Tinto Alcan, the District of Kitimat, and Oviatt Contracting.

Rio Tinto Alcan was pleased to offer access via their road, the District of Ktimat agreed to accept the wreck at the landfill and Oviatt Contracting took charge of the destruction and removal of the wreck.

The ultimate removal of the first wreck spawned several ideas of how to dispose of the second craft. The concrete hull of First Try remains stuck in the mud on the estuary foreshore. How can it removed with as little cost and effort as possible? The Kitimat Valley Naturalists are floating two ideas, which, after consultation with the Coast Guard, Environment Canada, and DFO may result in it being removed before the year ends. If so, we hope this will signal an end to our valuable estuary shoreline being used as a dumpsite for unwanted watercraft.
make them pay
Comment by Born and raised on 12th June 2013
Why not have the owners of these boats pay for the clean up , isn't there marine numbers on these boats so they can be traced back to the owner.I have herd of boaters sinking there boat so they do not have to take them out of the water to salvage with oil and fuel still in the boat ,people should be more accountable for the things they do that hurts the environment.