Grounded freighter slowly breaking apart off Cape Breton

(SCATARIE ISLAND, Nova Scotia) – A freighter that ran aground on Cape Breton’s east coast nearly two years ago is slowly breaking apart as the debate continues between federal and provincial officials about responsibliity for the salvage, the Cape Breton Post reported. M/V Miner was being towed in September 2011 when a line broke and the ship drifted onto Scatarie Island, a provincially protected wilderness area. A New York-based salvage company attempted to remove the vessel but the company walked away, claiming government bureaucratic hurdles, the Post said.

Click here to read the Post's story. For a Canadian Press image of the ship aground, click here.

By Professional Mariner Staff