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.
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.
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.
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.