“Technically, he is in contempt by the court order,” said Town of Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatall. “But he is still down there working on it.”
The town took the case to the court in December and was granted a removal order after a year of attempting to settle the matter unsuccessfully out of the courts.
According to the court order, 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, once flagship of the controversial Sea Shepard Conservation Society, arrived in Shelburne in September 2014. On April 11 the vessel caught fire as workers prepared it for removal.
It was towed in under the cover of darkness and Dodds has not paid wharfage fees since its arrival.
Mattatall said the engines have all been removed as Dodds prepares the vessel to be towed out of the harbour.
“I don’t know where it will go,” said Mattatall. “I don’t care… as long as it’s not here.”