Heavy metal Marine

Housecleaning gets rid of wrecks

Cleanup of Sooke Harbour and Basin

  • Mar. 8, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Amidst a good deal of hoopla surrounding the removal of the MV Florence Filberg’s remains in the past couple of weeks, it appears some further efficiencies have been realized in regard to further clean-up of local waters.

Heavy Metal Marine, the contractor handling the disposal of the Filberg from Sooke Harbour, had apparently gone on to tackle some smaller tasks while still in the neighbourhood.

Elisabeth Nelson and Al Fontes of the District of Sooke engineering department spoke to the issue on March 4, indicating that the further work was welcomed by the district but not contractually linked to the Filberg operation.

The further tidying up, according to Fontes, was focussing on derelicts whose removal had been craved for some time. Fontes said Transport Canada was commissioning the jobs which included the sunken boat which had been a fixture at the entrance to Anderson Cove for the past couple of years, also one (pictured) in the Basin adjacent to Sooke Marine Industries.

“The contractor who took out the Filberg is also working with Transport Canada to get rid of a few more wrecks,” said Al Fontes on March 4.

“They’re already mobilized so it’s saving Transport Canada money.”

Transport Canada confirmed its involvement by way of a March 4 email:

“There were two vessels identified as candidates for removal by Transport Canada in Sooke Basin. Both were deemed an obstruction to navigation. One due to its location in a narrow channel (at the entrance to Anderson Cove), the other, a 48’ sunken fishing boat deemed likely to obstruct navigation as it was tied to pilings but the moorings were degrading rapidly.”

Brian Freethy of Heavy Metal Marine confirmed his company’s involvement with Transport Canada and said that seeing as the equipment was well situated, they also took care of another couple of wrecks in the Cooper’s Cove area at their own expense.

Just Posted

Sixty Sooke homes needed to host Japanese students

Homestay program offers visitors a taste of life in Canada

Hundreds of foreign species still washing up on B.C. coast, eight years after tsunami

The Royal BC Museum is home to thousands of samples collected along the west coast of North America

Victoria first Canadian city to join United Nations tree planting challenge

The City of Victoria pledges to plant 5,000 trees by the end of 2020

Car drives into Vic West TD Canada Trust building

No one was injured, building damaged

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Resident finds loaded shotgun inside a duffle bag in Kelowna alleyway

RCMP seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items

Graffiti, calls and Snapchat: RCMP probe string of threats targeting Kamloops schools

There have been nine different threats made to four different schools in the city

B.C. truck drivers to face higher fines for not using winter tire chains

As of Oct. 1, not using chains on the highway when required could net you a $598 ticket

Most Read