Vancouver, August 5: The deconstruction of the barge that floated into Vancouver’s English Bay last year and got stuck is now underway.
The large container drifted into the shore near Sunset Beach during an intense storm last November, and has stayed put ever since.
Now, Vancouver Pile Driving (Van Pile) has confirmed in an online video that it’s now beginning the removal process.
Project manager Ian Purvis said the deconstruction will take 12 to 14 weeks.
On Friday, some of the initial work was visible, with one of the barge’s end walls completely gone, and part of a side wall removed as well.
An excavator was seen parked inside the container, while a large crane was also on site before being floated out in the early evening.
The barge’s presence has been a controversial topic among Vancouver residents.
Many have stopped along the seawall to snap a picture or two, but others who live nearby say the removal process is long overdue.