Owner has month to claim wrecked boat

Kapiti Observer - - OUT & ABOUT - BRAD FLAHIVE

An uniden­ti­fied boat that ran aground on the shores north of Welling­ton, may be at the mercy of the au­thor­i­ties if its owner does not claim it soon.

The white bilge keeler broke away from the Onepoto boat­sheds in Ti­tahi Bay, Porirua, dur­ing last week’s storm that caused chaos across the Welling­ton re­gion.

Har­bour­mas­ter Grant Nalder said the boat had re­cently been tied up to the north­ern­most boat­shed on Onepoto Rd washed ashore.

Speak­ing to the boat­shed owner, they were not aware of who owned the boat, he said. It was now con­sid­ered a wreck and has be­come a haz­ard to other sea­far­ers.

‘‘It needs to be re­moved or prop­erly se­cured by 21 Au­gust,’’ he said.

‘‘We have to set a time­frame so some­thing does hap­pen. If noone is found to be the owner, we will look at mov­ing it, and given the age and con­di­tion, it’s prob­a­ble that it will be scrapped, be­fore be­ing un­for­tu­nately.’’

There is no for­mal reg­is­tra­tion sys­tem to make it easy to find the owner, he said.

‘‘So, that is a bit of a prob­lem. We will have to track down peo­ple and fol­low the leads.

‘‘We don’t want it sit­ting there for the next six months. It could get fur­ther dam­age, or if it breaks loose, could dam­age other boats, or just be a gen­eral nui­sance.’’

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the owner of the boat can email the coun­cil on har­bours@gw.govt.nz.

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