Abandon ship: owner of leaking wreck claims bankruptcy
WINNIPEG – The owner of a ship left abandoned and leaking pollutants in Selkirk claims to be bankrupt, a city official says.
Jim Fenske, the acting Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Selkirk, told Global News Tuesday that the city’s lawyers are working to confirm the claim by New York City based United Source International that the company is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
If the company is indeed bankrupt, the rusting MS Lord Selkirk II could become the responsibility of the federal Receiver of Wrecks to dispose of. According to Transport Canada’s website the Receiver of Wrecks “acts as the custodian of a wreck in the absence of the rightful owner.”
A telephone number listed for United Source International was not in service. Fenske says the city has been in email contact with the officers of the company. The company engaged an Ontario-based scrap firm to dismantle the ship in 2012 but the work was never done.
The derelict former cruise ship was left in a slough near Selkirk almost 25 years ago and is leaching a long list of contaminants into the water.