half sunk abandoned fishing boat.

This abandoned fishing boat probably floated a great distance from its last registry to finally washing up on another British Columbia shore in 2013 Photo CBC

Abandoned boat clean-up, British Columbia

Boats are expensive to buy, ships even more expensive, and when they’re worn out or you can’t afford them anymore, they can be even more expensive to dispose of.

It seems all too often people decide to abandon them in place, or take them to a remote cove or beach and abandon them there.

Large fishing vessel abandoned in harbour..

2017-It cost more than $1 million to remove the Viki Lyne II from Ladysmith’s harbour, four years after it was abandoned. Photo: CBC

In west coast British Columbia this has long been a problem.

Today the federal government announced some funding for the Abandoned Boats Programme.

Some $80,000 will be provided to remove two boats and assess 29 others.

abandoned small sailboat washed up on shore.

This abandoned fibreglass sailboat washed up near Victoria on Vancouver Island. Photo: Megan Thomas-CBC

Assessments help identify safety issues, environmental impact, recycling value and costs associated with removing an abandoned boat. Once an assessment is completed, applicants may apply for funding under the Abandoned Boats Program to have a boat removed and disposed of.

The Abandoned Boats Program will be allocated a total of $6.85 million in funding under the Oceans Protection Plan—a $1.5 billion initiative which is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways.

thirty metre tug abandoned in harbour

The 30-metre tug boat Silver King, abandoned Baynes Sound, has been towed into Ladysmith Harbour and is slated to be dismantled (2016). Photo: CBC via CHEK News

The concern with abandoned boats are the hazards they pose to the environment from leaking toxic fluids like oils, and also the hazards they may pose to other boats and ships if they are left to float around or if they sink offshore.

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