Court orders owner to remove derelict Farley Mowat from Shelburne harbour

Published on March 27, 2016

Contractors begin work at removal of the Farley Mowat last week beginning with removal of the ship’s engines

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SHELBURNE -  The court has ordered the Farley Mowat removed from Shelburne Harbour at the expense of the owner of the vessel.

he owner has been given until April 8 to remove the vessel according to a court order dated March 23.

Tracy Dodds, owner of the vessel, appeared before a judge on March 16 to hear the case against him for contempt of fourt for knowingly and deliberately failing to comply with the order to remove the ship from the Shelburne Terminal by Feb. 26, 2016.

Since then, Dodds has sent machinery down to the wharf to remove the engine of the vessel.

“We’re seeing compliance with the order so far,” said Dylan Heide, chief administrative officer for the Town of Shelburne.

Shelburne took the case to the court in December seeking a removal order. They had tried to settle the matter outside of the court for a year without success.

Dodds must provide the town with a full list of the contractors that will remove the ship, and also supply regular written reports of the steps taken, and planned, in removing the vessel.

If Dodds fails to comply, he will be fined $5,000 along with a warrant for his arrest and an order that he can be imprisoned for a maximum of 20 days.

The vessel arrived in Shelburne Harbour in September 2014.

The MV Farley Mowat, the once proud flagship of the controversial Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, was towed into the wharf under the cloak of darkness.

Heide said there have been six derelict and abandoned vessels in Shelburne Harbour in as many years.

Bernadette Jordan MP for South Shore-St. Margaret’s has brought the problem of derelict vessels in Canada to Parliament and hopes to pass the a private members motion to strengthen laws against abandoning vessels in Canada.