Nova Scotia

Storm derails effort to re-float stuck ship

An effort to re-float a grounded ship on Scaterie Island, off the coast of Cape Breton, was put on hold Wednesday because of high winds and rough seas.
Work has stopped on work to re-float the barge stuck near Scaterie Island because of the storm. (CBC)

An effort to re-float a grounded ship on Scaterie Island, just off Cape Breton, was put on hold Wednesday because of high winds and rough seas.

Two tonnes of mostly engine oils and diesel were removed from the M/V Canadian Miner on Tuesday, Seward Benoit, a senior response officer with the Canadian Coast Guard, said.

All workers then came to shore in anticipation of the storm.

Benoit said he doesn't think the storm will further damage the old bulk carrier

"It's not going to move too far. Well, it shouldn't go too far. It's high and dry, it's up on the rocks, so it's not going to go too far," he said.  

Workers will return to the vessel once the storm abates, he said.  

Environment Canada predicts the fall northeaster will bring winds as high as 100 km/hr and another 20 to 40 mm of rain to Cape Breton.

More than two weeks ago, the decommissioned barge was being towed to a scrapyard in Turkey when the line broke and it ran aground.

 

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