The vessel has been abandoned following owner’s bankruptcy

BEAUHARNOIS — Today, NDP MP Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Salaberry-Suroît) has asked the federal government to take its responsibilities in order to avoid an environmental incident.

The Kathryn Spirit, which spans the size of one and a half football fields, has been moored to a temporary dock since 2011 in Beauharnois, was abandoned by its owner. The Mexican company said it will no longer assume the maintenance or surveillance of the vessel.

“The ship wreck, abandoned in the middle of winter, may leak and cause significant damage to the environment and human health. The lake St. Louis, a tributary of the St. Lawrence River, is a source of drinking water for the riding and the greater Montreal region” said MP Quach in an urgent letter to the Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau.

Canada Shipping Act, 2001 states that the federal government is responsible to take measures, including the removal of the vessel or its content if a vessel is likely to discharge a pollutant or obstruct navigation. 

“Since 2011, I asked the federal government to act on several occasions in order to prevent an environmental incident but nothing has been done. I tabled a petition with thousands of signatures and presented it to Parliament. It is time for Ottawa to take its responsibility” said MP Quach.