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Sin­cerely,

Up­date on the An­napo­lis Pro­ject

Dear friends and sup­port­ers,

With the re­cent find­ings of the test sam­ples of in­su­la­tion and paint pro­vided by En­vi­ron­ment Canada the AR­SBC has en­tered into a pe­riod of dis­cus­sion with var­i­ous fed­eral agen­cies on next steps. Re­cently, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fence toured the An­napo­lis with the Reef So­ci­ety to re­view the con­di­tion of the ship. An en­gi­neer­ing re­port is be­ing pre­pared which will ad­vise on the sta­bil­ity and the over­all state and con­di­tion of the ship. This re­port, once com­pleted, will help in­form our next steps.

We have ex­pressed our con­cern to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment that any un­nec­es­sary de­lays must be avoided. We have made it clear that we are seek­ing as­sis­tance from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to com­plete fur­ther re­me­di­a­tion work through the use of pro­fes­sional skilled labour. Time is not on our side un­der the cir­cum­stances with win­ter 2014 not far away. Mem­bers of the AR­SBC Board are dili­gently work­ing with mem­bers of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to find a so­lu­tion. The AR­SBC has kept the Prov­ince Parks Branch and our Squamish Na­tions friends ap­prised of the sit­u­a­tion and both re­main sup­port­ive of the pro­ject for Halkett Bay.

The AR­SBC is stead­fast in its ob­jec­tives to com­plete the pro­ject as ef­fi­ciently as pos­si­ble. We will con­tinue to up­date you on events as they de­velop.

We thank you for your un­der­stand­ing and re­main re­cep­tive to any sug­ges­tions or ques­tions.

Howie Robins, Pres­i­dent

A flight deck crew­man grounds the mes­sen­ger while the other pre­pares to con­nect the haul down ca­ble. The Sea King hov­ers about 50 feet above the deck.

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