His departure will be completely different from his arrival.
It’s official, the English Bay Barge is about to go from one big piece of metal to many little ones.
Preparation for the deconstruction of the barge is underway, with the last stray wood chips being cleaned up (they were used to transport wood chips) as well as anything inside that needs to be cleaned up.
At the same time, temporary piles are being installed near the barge to support the marine work that will take place from the barge, including the use of a crane to lift the pieces of the barge off itself and into another barge, which will transport the pieces away.
The main work will begin the week of August 2, according to the company responsible for removing the big red barge.
“A demolition excavator will be hoisted onto the barge to remove the walls of the bins,” a spokesperson explained in an email.
It will use what are essentially massive shears to cut the barge into manageable pieces, which the crane will then move.
“The complete process of deconstruction and removal of the barge from English Bay will take 12 to 15 weeks,” the spokesperson notes.
Most parts will be transported to a junkyard near Tacoma, Washington for recycling.
While the barge hasn’t moved (apart from the tides lifting it up) since November 15, when it ran aground during the big storm that preceded the flood in Abbotsford. He has been there for 254 days (at the time of writing this story).
The unusual sight has spurred memes, songs and other creativity over the months as the company that owns the barge (Sentry Marine Towing), insurance company and different government agencies figure out what to do to do and then how to do it.