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Recent Blog postsJuly 23, 2014
MV MINER REMOVAL
July 23, 2014
Welcome to the first issue of the MV Miner Community Update. The Main-A-Dieu Community Development Association and the province are working together to provide regular updates on the removal of the MV Miner to help you know what is happening, when and why. You can expect the update every week. It will be available on the website at www.coastaldiscoverycentre.ca
Sunday, July 13 marked the final day for lobster fishermen to haul their traps, as the fishing season closed for another year. This does not mean there will be less activity on the water. Monday, July 14 marked the official ‘Day One’ of the removal of the MV Miner, the derelict megabulk freighter shipwrecked on Scatarie Island since September 2011.
The removal, conducted by R.J. MacIsaac Construction from Antigonish, under the direction of the Nova Scotia Government, is due to be completed by November 1, 2014.
The contracted companies have been extremely busy since May making sure everything is in place to get work started. Dave MacDonald, Civil Engineer Technician (C.E.T) with R.J. MacIsaac Construction recently said: “Today is the Official Day One, however we have been busy working on the contract language, work plans, safety plans, and permitting for the past six weeks. Our primary crews will start barging rock this week to create an access road onto the island now that the traps are out of the water, so we can start work on building a base camp. Once camp is in place (early August), we’ll start cleaning out the wreck. After the wreck is cleaned out – we’ll start cutting up.”
Additional updates include:
- Nova Scotia Lands, the Crown Corporation overseeing the removal, set up an office in the Coastal Discovery Centre, and is meeting regularly with the Main-a-Dieu Development Association, to discuss any local concerns.
- · Nova Scotia Lands held their work safety orientation meeting with the contractor on Monday, July 21 to discuss health and safety protocols for the workers. Gary Mansfield, a reporter with CBC News, was on the scene to do a report. Click on this link to see the story.
- On Thursday, July 17 and Friday, July 18, representatives from R.J. MacIsaac were busy interviewing for positions related to the removal. These positions range from deckhands, crane operators, and paramedics – to cooks and cleaners who will work a four-day rotation in a camp-based operation. The company interviewed 40 of the 250-plus applicants who applied during the last month. Within the next two weeks, hold a work place orientation for the successful applicants.
- Contractors have been out on Scatarie recently to make plans to set up a cell phone tower, as well as to drill a well. The need for proper cell phone reception is important and the supply of fresh water is mandatory for the operation to run properly.
Plans are also underway for a local community meeting to update everyone on the removal operation and to answer any questions. The date and time is Thursday, August 7, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. In the interim, should you have any questions please call:
Media Contact Information:
Julian O’Neil, Coastal Discovery Centre 902-733-2258 (tel)
Pam Menchenton, Media Relations Officer 902-424-1750 (tel)
Nova Scotia Lands