The MV Spudnik is shown in the Fraser River near Surrey, B.C. in a handout photo. Work has begun on the removal of an abandoned vessel near Surrey, B.C., that has been an eyesore on the Fraser River for over five years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region MANDATORY CREDIT
Work has begun on the removal of an abandoned vessel near Surrey, B.C., that has been an eyesore on the Fraser River for over five years.
Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan announced that an assessment of the MV Spudnik shows there's an imminent risk of pollution, hull corrosion, sinking and fire.
The department says in a news release that the Canadian Coast Guard has begun work with contractor Marine Recycling Corporation to assess various options to safely dismantle and remove the former fishing vessel from the water.
The 75-year-old ship has been moored at the same location on the Fraser River since 2014 and bulk pollutants were removed at that time.
Jordan says such vessels can pose serious problems for coastal communities and she's confident the coast guard's work with the contractor can address the threat of pollution.
The minister says she's been a strong advocate for solutions to the problem of abandoned vessels right across the country.
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