MV Miner, Scatarie Island, N.S.

The MV Miner was a bulk carrier that was in service on the Great Lakes from 1966 until it was decommissioned in 2009. On September 20, 2011, while being hauled to a scrap yard in Turkey, it broke free and ran aground on Scatarie Island, a provincial wildlife management area off the coastal village of Main-a-Dieu.

NS Lands was placed in charge of the disposal of the derelict vessel and awarded a disposal tender to RJ MacIsaac Construction Ltd. of Antigonish. Over nearly a two year period the vessel was demolished using hydraulic shears, torch cutting, and diamond cable cutting.

The final piece of equipment left Scatarie Island on November 21, 2015. The community of Main-a-Dieu celebrated the final stages of the cleanup on Saturday, November 28. The entire cleanup was completed without any environmental incidents and the island was left in its original pristine condition. A sample of photos from the cleanup are posted below.