The Port Edward boat launch at Porpoise Harbour has finally reopened after a contractor recently finished disassembling the beached Scotched Cap barge.

The boat launch was closed in September when two abandoned vessels broke from their moorage and beached themselves at the harbour, causing plenty of damage and raising concerns about environmental contamination.

On Thursday (Feb. 17th), the district said the Scotch Cap has been removed from the area and the boat launch is now open to the public.

The second vessel, named the Fairwind, is currently anchored near the boat launch but still remains of environmental concern for Port Edward.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority and the Canadian Coast Guard are currently working together to develop a plan for eventually removing it from the harbour.