Police say there was a 70-foot derelict tug boat, named The Trojan, adrift off of Maple Bay Peninsula.
The North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP acted as a liaison between the RCMP South Island Marine Unit out of Victoria, Transport Canada Navigable Waters and North Cowichan Bylaws.
Police say a decision was made by Transport Canada Navigable Waters to place a removal order on Tuesday.
They add later that evening officers boarded the vessel to ensure there was no one on board and that there were no hazards in relation to the inner vessel.
RCMP say at approximately 9:25 PM the tug was towed to Ladysmith without incident.