This is a photo of the Ship Breaking, the cutting apart of old ships, that is now happening on Baynes Sound in Union Bay

  • Ship breaking has been designated one of the most hazardous and dangerous industries with high risk of hazardous materials entering the local environment.
  • Ship breaking done following Hong Kong or EU Conventions require ship breaking to be fully contained. Canada needs to ratify these conventions.
  • Ship breaking on Baynes Sound is not contained, ships are dragged across the beach, scraping anti-fouling into the sand.
  • It seems that no permit is required and there are sparse regulations.
  • Several vessels have been dragged ashore and dismantled on this site. BC Environment has issued (3) Warnings and (1) Advisory to the Operator for unauthorized releases of waste. Raw sewage and heavy metals like cadmium, lead, zinc and copper were being discharged into the marine environment. Further, there was a petroleum spill from one of two American NOASS vessels in the foreshore. The Canadian Coast Guard was called in, and confirmed the leakage, saying that the “source is land-based from a former vessel (NOASS Miller Freeman) that is currently being pulled further up the shoreline to be deconstructed.”
  • End of life ships are defined as hazardous waste.

Take five minutes to have a look for yourself…

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