HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government has issued a stop work order to the salvage company tasked with removing a ship that ran aground off Cape Breton more than a year ago.
The Department of Labour and Advanced Education says the order requires New York-based Bennington Group to hire an independent engineer to complete an assessment on the structural integrity of the MV Miner.
The department says work to dismantle the 230-metre bulk carrier off Scatarie Island will not begin until the assessment is complete.
The ship ran aground on Sept. 20, 2011, while being towed to a scrap yard in Turkey.
The project has been plagued with delays since the province gave approval for the Bennington Group to remove the ship in the spring.
In September, the company was given another three months to complete the work after it complained that government bureaucracy and red tape hampered their efforts.