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Plans delayed to remove fuel from sunken barge

Plans to remove roughly 6,000 litres of diesel fuel from a sunken barge in Saint John Harbour have been delayed until at least Friday.

Plans to remove roughly 6,000 litres of diesel fuel from a sunken barge in Saint John Harbour have been delayed until at least Friday.

The dredging barge, called the Rene Brazeau, sank at Pier 12 on the city's west side on Feb. 12.

Ryan Green, the senior response officer with the Coast Guard, said the divers and the insurers are still working out the final details surrounding the operation.

"They're still working on a bit of contract information and we're supposed to have a meeting this afternoon and weather wise, from our perspective it looks reasonable [Friday], so we hope to do some work [Friday]," Green said.

So far, officials say there's no sign of pollution reaching the shore, only a minor sheen on the surface of the water.

Green said divers will pump the diesel from the barge out to a tanker truck. Then the port will oversee the barge being raised.

Transport Canada will examine the barge to determine the cause of the sinking.

R.J. MacIsaac Construction of Antigonish, N.S., owns the Rene Brazeau.

The barge was contracted to help with harbour cleanup by installing an outflow pipe for the future Eastern Wastewater Treatment Facility.

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