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Grounded barge towed to Ogden Point

The empty Lafarge cement barge is expected to stay at Ogden Point for about three weeks while the company does repairs
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Barge that was grounded near McLoughlin Point being towed to Ogden Point on Thursday. JOHN McKAY

A barge stuck on the rocks for 10 days near the McLoughlin Point sewage treatment plant was freed on Wednesday afternoon and towed to Ogden Point. 

The empty Lafarge cement barge, Metlakatla 1, ran aground on Nov. 29 when a tug tow line snapped in a wind storm.

The barge has no fuel on board and was not considered a pollution threat, according to Transport Canada.

It will stay at Ogden Point for about three weeks while the company does repairs, said Ian Robertson, chief executive of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority.

“As an organization, we’re happy to support the working harbour and help to provide space for the repairs to be done in a safe way,” said Robertson. “We’re confident all of the safety and environmental requirements will be met.”

Lafarge did not immediately return calls for a comment.

dkloster@timescolonist.com

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