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A sunken boat that is considered a major marine hazard will soon be removed from the waters north of Campbell River, BC

Distance 98 meters Trailer Princess went down in February in Duncan Bay, full of potentially polluting hydrocarbons. Its removal will cost about $4.7 million.

“Canada follows the ‘polluter pays’ principle. This means that the polluter is responsible for the cost of the damage caused by their pollution,” wrote Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in a statement released on Thursday.

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According to DFO, the Trailer Princess it served as a logging support boat and had a helipad and power generation capacity.

Cleanup and stabilization work is ongoing, and removal and construction will begin next week, the department said.

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To date, 89,000 liters of hydrocarbons and oily water have been removed from the sunken vessel.

The Canadian Coast Guard removed approximately 34,000 liters of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from its tanks, but was unable to safely access all parts of the boat due to the hazardous environment during the initial inspection.

The contractor has removed another 55,000 gallons, according to DFO.

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The Canadian Coast Guard and the Wei Wai Kum First Nation are keeping booms and other suction devices on board and will oversee the rescue operation, the DFO added.

Troubled ships across the country are being repaired on a priority basis, he said.

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