November 18, 2020
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia – The Government of Canada is committed to removing wrecked, abandoned or hazardous vessels that pose a threat of pollution to the marine environment, impact coastal communities and pose a health and safety risk to Canadians.
Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, announced the beginning of towing operations to remove the Cormorant vessel, moored for about 20 years at the Port of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
A 2019 assessment showed the Cormorant posed an imminent threat of pollution to the marine environment with no clear evidence of active maintenance on the vessel, among other findings. The Cormorant was secured and work has been underway since October to remove pollutants and stabilize the vessel to prepare for towing.
The Canadian Coast Guard has been working closely with RJ MacIsaac Construction Ltd. of Antigonish, N.S., which was awarded the contract to remove the remaining bulk pollutants from the Cormorant, and to tow and dismantle the vessel safely.
The Cormorant will be towed to a shipyard in Sheet Harbour, N.S., where it will be dismantled and no longer pose a risk to Nova Scotia’s people and beautiful marine environment.