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Damaged fishing vessel causing stir in Embree

LEWISPORTE, NL – Plans to dismantle a derelict fishing vessel on the beach at Faulkes Dock were scuttled after Lewisporte RCMP were called in to control a crowd of local protestors.

Lewisporte Detachment commander Sgt. Ray Jullien told the Pilot between 50 and 60 residents assembled on the beach to express concerns regarding an operation to dismantle the vessel.

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) received a report June 2, 2017 the fishing vessel Straits Foam was taking on water in heavy ice conditions in Notre Dame Bay. According to the coast guard report, the five-person crew abandoned ship and was taken safely aboard another fishing vessel, the Fisherman’s Dream.

The abandoned vessel is said to have sustained major damage and early attempts to remove the oil and fuel aboard the vessel were delayed due to persistent heavy ice conditions and unfavourable weather, the CCG told the Pilot. However on June 20, a Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Environmental Response crew and a contracted salvage team successfully completed operations by removing just over 7,000 litres of oil, diesel fuel and water combination. The vessel had been towed into Faulkes dock to complete the salvage on shore when residents showed up to protest the operation.

Officials with the Town of Embree have advised the Pilot the ship will be removed from the area to be dismantled at another location.

The CCG has turned the matter over to Transport Canada. Transport Canada hasn’t confirmed this will be the course of action taken and has directed inquires to the owner of the vessel. The Pilot will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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