MP Gord Johns (right) and Bill Veenhof

Johns tours site of derelict boat sinkings in Deep Bay

"We need immediate action to safely remove the Silver King before it’s too late.”

  • Apr. 6, 2016 5:00 a.m.

Record Staff



On Tuesday, NDP Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns toured the site in Deep Bay where two derelict vessels sank in recent days, as reported in The Comox Valley Record.

Another abandoned vessel, a 100-foot tug named Silver King, has taken on water and poses a serious threat to the local economy and environment.

“I invite government officials to come here and see it for themselves,” said Johns, “We need immediate action to safely remove the Silver King before it’s too late.”

The community has been warned that if the Silver King sinks the subsequent spill could shut down the local shellfish industry and disrupt the adjacent Vancouver Island University facility, resulting in 60 job losses. The effect on vegetation and wildlife would also be devastating.

Previous owner Dan Grinstead of Seattle of the tug which sank – the Lorna Foss – said he sold the vessel to a Bowser resident in September 2013. Calls to the alleged owner were not returned.

There is no vessel registered under the name Lorna Foss  in a vessel registration search for the Lorna Foss through Transport Canada.

Coastal communities are frequently faced with abandoned and derelict vessels that wash ashore or sink in shallow waters and introduce dangerous materials into the environment. Current rules in place for removing these vessels are extremely complex and cross jurisdictions.

“This is the result of an overly complicated system that passes the buck and points the finger at the other guys,” said Johns. “Enough is enough. Let’s deal with what’s in front of us and make sure we have a better system going forward.”

Johns is the seconder of Bill C-219 which has been tabled in the House of Commons. The NDP bill would designate the Coast Guard as the receiver of wrecks and give them a free hand to take action. It would also compel government to create stronger regulations for the safe removal or destruction of abandoned and derelict vessels.


Just Posted

Merville resident looking for help to name original settler families

Janice Isenor is hoping to figure out which families settled where in Merville 100 years ago

Cultural sharing for Comox Valley School District song unveiling

After nearly a year in the making, a special gift was presented… Continue reading

Best of World Community Film Fest screens Tuesday

The votes are in from the recent World Community Film Festival and… Continue reading

Union Bay Improvement District board apologizes to trustee; deadline remains for other demands

UBID board complies with one of the demands of a letter threatening legal action

Valley’s Women’s Memorial March honours those missing and murdered

On Thursday morning shortly before noon, around 60 people gathered to honour… Continue reading

WATCH: Historic night in Red Deer as 2019 Canada Winter Games kicks off

Star-studded Opening Ceremony features athletes from across Canada

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Man in Vancouver Island hotel shooting pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Brandon Tyler Woody, from Victoria, to be sentenced in late March in B.C. Supreme Court

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Most Read