Feds, locals to work together to deal with abandoned cargo vessel near Montreal

BEAUHARNOIS, Que. - Montreal-area officials have been assured by Ottawa that an initial inspection of an abandoned bulk carrier shows it doesn't pose a risk of capsizing or causing an environmental disaster.

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The Kathryn Spirit was brought to Beauharnois in 2011 by a private firm hoping to dismantle it in the St. Lawrence River and sell it for scrap.

That project didn't materialize and the ship was sold to Mexican interests who've since declared bankruptcy and abandoned it.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, who heads the 82-municipality Montreal Metropolitan Community, told reporters today he expects to discuss the matter in Ottawa this week with Transport Minister Marc Garneau and Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo.

Beauharnois Mayor Claude Haineault says he's hopeful the developments mean the vessel will finally be removed from the town.

A working group comprised of federal and local officials will convene in two weeks.


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