Abandoned Vessel Viki Lyne II Finally Removed from Ladysmith Harbour
October 6th, 2016 - 1:20pm
LADYSMITH — It was a very long time coming, but an abandoned vessel that was a blight on Ladysmith Harbour for four years is finally gone.
“I am so glad I could help get the Viki Lyne II removed from the Ladysmith Harbour,” said Sheila Malcolmson, MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith. “This is a big step for this harbor, after a lot of community work. I’ll keep working with the federal government to develop a comprehensive abandoned vessel solution for our whole coast.”
The Viki Lyne II was towed away by Canadian Maritime Engineering Limited on the morning of Thursday, October 6th. It’s destined for Nanaimo, where it will be safely dismantled in accordance with federal and provincial regulations.
"This is a big day for our community,” said Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone, who was thrilled to see the vessel towed away. “However, these piecemeal solutions that put stress and hardship on communities from coast to coast are not sustainable. We continue to repeat our call to the federal government to implement a permanent solution to the blight of derelict and abandoned vessels on our coastal communities."
“It still amazes me that it has taken over four years to have this vessel removed, after a Coast Guard-commissioned survey declared in June of 2012 that the sinking of the Viki Lyne II was imminent,” said Rod Smith, Managing Director of the Ladysmith Maritime Society. “It speaks to how flawed the process is, and how great the need is for immediate change. I am just thankful that MP Sheila Malcolmson, her predecessor Jean Crowder, Stz’uminus Chief John Elliot, Mayor Aaron Stone and others kept this file front and center. We now appear to have a federal government that is willing to look at changes to the process of handling abandoned vessels. I hope this spirit of cooperation continues and that real and lasting change is imminent.”
Malcolmson has proposed a regulatory solution in Parliament that would give the Coast Guard more authority to deal with abandoned vessels. Bill C-219 will be debated in Parliament next year.
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