Follow-up on Abandoned and Derelict Vessels Report

UBCM members may find that much of the information that they provided for Transport Canada's study on Abandoned and Derelict Vessels in Canada is not reflected in the latest report [PDF - 3.2 MB], which was released on February 21. BC local governments were asked to complete a survey for Transport Canada in January 2012 to provide information on the extent of abandoned and derelict vessels in BC, detail local government concerns, and identify potential solutions to address the issue.

While Transport Canada's report indicates that UBCM members were surveyed, the final study does not reflect the breadth of information provided by BC local governments, including the actual number of abandoned and derelict vessels in the province.

UBCM staff will bring this issue to the April UBCM Executive meeting for a decision on next steps.

This issue has been an ongoing concern for the UBCM membership, as derelict and abandoned vessels threaten BC oceans, coasts, lakes and rivers by obstructing navigational channels, creating a public safety hazard, causing harm to the environment, becoming unsightly and diminishing commercial and recreational activities. In addition, assessing, removing, and disposing of these vessels requires significant financial and technical resources.

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