Removal plans for bulk carrier stranded off Cape Breton on track: minister

Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post
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SYDNEY — Nova Scotia’s transportation minister says the finishing touches are being put on a request for proposals for the long-awaited removal of the wreck of the MV Miner from Scatarie Island.

A file photo shows a water-level view of the MV Miner, aground on Scatarie Island, with extensive structural damage on a large portion of the ship on Oct. 13, 2011. The 230-metre ship broke free from its tow vessel before coming to rest along the rocky island.

Geoff MacLellan says work is underway to ensure a request will be issued soon and says the process is moving ahead according to schedule.

Scatarie Island is a provincially protected wilderness area off Cape Breton and is also important to the commercial fishing industry.

MacLellan says he’s optimistic the work will be concluded before the start of lobster fishing in May.

The province will take the lead removing the MV Miner, but it is hoped there is a tie-in with federal jurisdiction so the cost can be shared.

Estimates of the cost of removing the vessel have ranged from between $3 million and $5 million on the low end and up to $25 million on the high end.

MacLellan said he has reached out to federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt to set up a meeting for later this month.

Geographic location: Cape Breton, Scatarie Island

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