VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — After spending almost five years in the area, the federal government is finally removing the MV Spudnik from the Fraser River.
The most recent assessment of the vessel found there are risks of pollution or even fire if it remains where it is, according to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard.
“Abandoned vessels can pose a serious problem for our coastal communities, and the MV Spudnik is no exception. I have been a strong advocate for a real solution to this problem that is present right across the country, and I am confident in the Canadian Coast Guard’s swift action to remove this vessel from the Fraser River while proactively addressing the threat of pollution,” Bernadette Jordan said in a release.
Bulk pollutants were removed from the vessel, but the new assessment shows an immediate environmental risk.
The vessel has been sitting in the Fraser River, not far from Surrey’s shores since 2014.
Its removal is expected to be completed by spring.