The plan is to wait for the ‘royal tide’ before towing the barge off the beach

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The plan for the beached barge at Sunset Beach is to wait for Mother Nature’s help before trying to tow it again off the sand and rocks.

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Since the November 15 storm broke the barge from its moorings and threw it ashore during high tide and a 4.5 meter storm surge, tugs have tried unsuccessfully at high tide to tow it.

Although it is possible to push it back using airbags and heavy equipment, it is planned to wait for a so-called royal tide to refloat it and try again with the tugs.

It is believed that a tide of only 5 to 10 centimeters higher than 4.5 meters would allow the barge to easily get back in the water. And federal officials are expect an exceptionally high tide of five meters on December 6.

A representative from Richmond-based Sentry Marine Towing Ltd., which is involved, said this appeared to be the best chance of removing the barge. He declined to give his name, saying several government agencies were working on the operation.

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High tides occur a few times a year when the moon and sun are aligned to pull on the Earth’s oceans.

Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said on Sunday that the coastguard was closely monitoring the barge, “ensuring that it poses no risk to anyone or property”. … It poses no immediate risks.

The barge, which is empty and had been carrying wood shavings, has captured the imagination of social media, which has produced memes and parodies. An @EnglishBayBarge Twitter account has been posted 95 times, launched on November 15 and has attracted nearly 2,900 followers. A group of artists and a clothing company in Vancouver are selling t-shirts with the inscription “Sorry to disembark” in capital letters, as well as a large photo of the barge.

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