Government has been tasked to foot the bill to dispose of more than 200 boats that were damaged during the 2017 hurricanes.
Natural Resources Minister Vincent Wheatley told BVI News on Monday that the Ministry is currently partnering with Nanny Cay to properly dispose of the vessels.
He said: “We have about 207 sunken yachts that we have to remove from the water. So we took out four boats, and we used four different methods for destroying them. We can then decide which is the most efficient and cost-effective way for discarding of the boats based on the report that should be finished this week.”
Wheatley said one of the methods used was utilizing a crane to tear apart the vessels.
Upon completion, the discarded boats will be placed at Pockwood Pond and later shipped to the United States.
“It is probably [costing the government] half a million dollars. It could be more to have it removed and disposed of,” Wheatley further told our news centre.
Moving forward, the minister is urging vessel owners to store their boats on land during a major weather event such as those which occurred two years ago.
“We realize for boats, the best place is on land during the hurricane season,” he pointed out.
While describing they entire situation as a learning experience, the Natural Resources Minister said certain protective and enforcement measures are in the pipeline in a bid to prevent having the cost to dispose of abandoned vessels falling on government.
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