Union Bay Ship Breaking

Lots of people upset about the ship wrecking/breaking going on at the old log sort. It’s getting interesting now, so I want to keep track of what’s going on. Have gathered some information here.

The CVRD isn’t going to shut this business down. That’s not what they do. Their mantra is to work with the applicant and encourage them to take steps to remedy the problem. They want to remain impartial and not take sides, worried about litigation after the 3L lawsuit. In my opinion. 🙂

Reason for decision RE: Union Bay Industries Ltd., Deepwater Recovery (Lease) from the Provincial Gov’t dated Oct. 15, 2021.
Jan. 25, 2022. Letter to the Editor Comox Valley Record


The Concerned Citizens of Baynes Sound (CCOBS) are strongly opposed to shipbreaking in Baynes Sound at the Union Bay Industries Ltd site. The K’ómoks First Nation and the NGO Shipbreaking Platform based in Brussels, Belgium are also strongly opposed to shipbreaking in Baynes Sound.

The B.C. Government and the Comox Valley Regional District have been studying this shipbreaking issue; however, they need public encouragement to ensure all of our voices are heard. The environment cannot speak for itself! There is no safe way to conduct shipbreaking in Baynes Sound.

Politicians need encouragement from the public to do the right thing, and immediately stop work and permanently shut down shipbreaking activities in Baynes Sound.

Politicians need encouragement from the public to do the right thing, and immediately stop work and permanently shut down shipbreaking activities in Baynes Sound.

For further information, we invite the public to contact CCOBS at shipbreakingub@gmail.com, or visit http://www.facebook.com/ConcernedCitizensofBaynesSound/

The public is also encouraged to contact local area politicians, with the following:

“I oppose shipbreaking in Baynes Sound, and as our MLA and Municipal Director, what specific steps are you taking to support your constituents’ legitimate and overwhelming calls to immediately stop shipbreaking in Baynes Sound?”

Josie Osbourne – Minister of Municipal Affairs – MLA Mid Island-Pacific Rim Josie. Osborne.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Daniel Arbour – CVRD director Area A. reachme@danielarbour.ca

Concerned Citizens of Baynes Sound


Previous articles:

Jan. 13, 2022 https://shipbreakingplatform.org/shipbreaking-british-columbia/

NOTE: this is just a snip of the article.

Press Release – NGOs join local residents and First Nations in fight against toxic shipbreaking in British Columbia

Published in January 13th, 2022

Eighteen months have passed since local residents and K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) first raised concerns regarding scrapping operations at Union Bay, traditional unceded territory of First Nations within Baynes Sound, British Columbia, Canada. Now, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform joins them in calling on federal, provincial and regional authorities to make sure that the activities carried out by the operator, Deep Water Recovery Ltd (DWR), cease to cause harm to both local communities and the surrounding environment.

In December 2020, DWR converted a former log-sort location in an improvised shipbreaking yard to pull apart barges. The shipbreaking activities are in violation of district zoning bylaws, and, to date, the Comox Valley Regional District is still allowing for hazardous operations to take place only a few meters away from several residential houses and within an Ecologically and Biologically Significant Area (EBSA). 

As highlighted in a recent report by WWF Canada, Baynes Sound is the highest ranked cumulative and spawning area for herring in the Strait of Georgia and is a critical feeding and overwintering area for water birds. It also supports the highest density of intertidal shellfish aquaculture in British Columbia, producing over half of all the shellfish cultured in the province. Locating a hazardous industry in such an ecologically sensitive zone is simply unacceptable.


Jan. 13, 2022 https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/global-coalition-calls-for-halt-to-shipbreaking-in-union-bay/

Jan. 10, 2022 https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/concerned-citizens-of-baynes-sound-want-answers-about-shipbreaking/

Electoral Areas Services Committee January 10, 2022

Dec. 15, 2021 https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/kmoks-first-nation-responds-to-ship-breaking-activity-in-unceded-territory/

Nov. 29, 2021 https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/ship-breaking-generates-complaints-from-union-bay/


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