Time to clear out Prince Rupert’s derelict vessels

Editor’s note: The following was received as an open letter to the agencies listed below.

Editor’s note: The following was received as an open letter to the agencies listed below.

– Small Craft Harbours

– Fisheries and Oceans Canada

– City of Prince Rupert

– Prince Rupert Port Authority

– Port Edward Harbour Authority

– Canadian Coast Guard

I have been involved with Prince Rupert Civic Pride.

The focus is to make the community safer, cleaner and more appealing to residents and tourists.

After visiting our waterfront and floats this summer, it should be a mandate of your group, individually or collectively, to remove derelict vessels moored at the wharfs. There are many that look like they could sink at any time, could be leaking hazardous chemicals and polluting our harbour. They are definitely an eye sore for residents and tourists alike.

During my inquires, I was informed that you (Small Craft Harbours) removed three vessels last summer, this is a great start!! It was also noted that the process was very expensive. Is there any possible way to recoup the cost from the owner, or at least a portion of the expense?

Please do not at three. I, along with many of the citizens of Prince Rupert, would be interested in any developments that take place in the future.

Yours truly,

Donna Morse Smith