MI to help reduce abandoned boats
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Transport Canada is investing $140,604 in a boat abandonment education and awareness program to be delivered by the Marine Institute’s School of Maritime Studies.

Marc Garneau, federal transport minister, announced $1.3 million in funding Monday to remove abandoned boats from Canadian harbours and to support education programs aimed at preventing boat abandonment. It’s part of the national $1.5-billion Oceans Protection Plan to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways.

Funded for the next the years, MI’s education and awareness program is scheduled to begin in September and will be delivered both in the classroom and online to students, small boat owners, industry partners and Indigenous organizations.‌Abandon boats

“We welcome this federal investment which will enable the Marine Institute to positively contribute to efforts to raise awareness about boat owners’ responsibilities and reduce abandoned boats in Canadian waters,” said Fabian Lambert, assistant school head of the School of Maritime Studies.

Mr. Lambert is also project manager of the Abandoned Boats Education and Awareness Program.

“The Marine Institute’s expertise in maritime training is ideally equipped to create these learning materials,” he said. “We also have a number channels through which we can deliver this program, including our student base, our relationships with industry partners and indigenous groups throughout Atlantic Canada and the North, and our community outreach and public engagement activities.”

The Marine Institute was among five recipients receiving a total of almost $540,000 as part of the education and awareness component of Transport Canada’s abandoned boats program.

The federal government estimates there are more than 600 derelict boats abandoned boats in waterways and harbours across the country.