On May 6, 2021, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s marine liaison officer participated as an observer to the second battery removal near Cornwall Harbor. The objective was to have a dive team, ODS Marine, hired by the Canadian Coast Guard, come to our area to remove a cache of aids to navigation batteries from the St. Lawrence River.  

ODS Marine worked off their boat and used it as a transfer platform to take batteries from the water to the boat, then carried to the dock and loaded into the Coast Guard trailer.   

The process was very efficiently done and saw the successful removal of roughly 14-15 batteries (one was broken open), a microwave, and a bicycle. The materials were hauled off for proper disposal.  

MCA would like to thank the assisting agencies, Cornwall Dive Club and Canadian Coast Guard, for their commitment to ensuring our rivers are clean and safe, and thank you for including MCA Marine Liaison Officer Dillon Point in the operation.