Charlie Parker says the salvager, the Bennington Group, has informed him that it is taking a break from ongoing work on the MV Miner because it is frustrated with the province's safety rules.
Parker says the government is prepared to meet with the New York-based company in an effort to address its concerns.
He says the company hasn't indicated that it is leaving for good.
However, Parker says time is running out for the 230-metre bulk carrier to be cut up, as the company's provincial work permit expires Dec. 1.
The ship ran aground off Scatarie Island just over a year ago as it was being towed to be scrapped in Turkey.