Vancouver Island

BC, Canada


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Monthly Archive May 2019

INTERIM PROTOCOL – another proposed extension!!

Re: Extension of Interim Protocol
I am writing to express my dismay about the extension (yet again) of the protocol for parking vessels in the Stuart Channel particularly, but throughout the Salish Sea, in general.
I came to live on Vancouver Island first in 1971, and over those nearly 50 years, have seen efforts to lay barren these rich coastal waters and the communities that surround them. This has been the most egregious violation so far. These ships are here all the time now, sometimes several of them at once, with engines running and lights on all night, dumping their bilge, and God only knows what else into the water, dragging their anchors across the sea bed, further threatening our resident killer whale population, and other species.
We are in a climate emergency here, and the Port of Vancouver is more inefficient than ever. Now there is the threat of a strike, which could bring the Port to a standstill. This would mean even more ships lolling about, waiting to take on cargo, for even longer periods of time.
Algorithms are created by humans. The assumptions upon which they are based are FAULTY, and creating havoc. We are sick to death of hearing that the current (or any proposed further) distribution of ships is based upon an algorithm, which makes it sound as though humans have no control over the outcome. We are not fools. We see what is happening, and we are outraged.
The system needs a complete overhaul, not an extension.

[Chemainus Resident]

Re: INTERIM PROTOCOL – another proposed extension

In response to your letter May 2019,

I am shocked that are you asking one more feedback about this “Interim Protocol”.  Are you going to continue the same way because no investment, no studies and no work has been undertaken to develop other options?

I have already been sending numerous complaints many times about this so please, just refer to them, there is no need for me to repeat myself.

We have more and more B&B guests that are unlucky to experience anchored freighters, they comment on such an “eye sore”, complain about the “constant noise” and wonder why these cargo ships are empty doing nothing here, many ask if they are derelict vessels.

I feel ashamed to be Canadian and victimized by my own government unable to find solutions that are modern and efficient. See attached a letter that was prepared by my lawyer and sent out last year. This letter was never answered, it shows how much you do not care about our distress and hardship.

With this Interim protocol, Saltair has seen an increase of 600% in freighters anchored. You have turned Saltair, which was a natural jewel of Vancouver Island into an industrial wasteland, destroying all the seabeds for generations.

This protocol has been implemented as part of the Ocean Protection Plan; It has now proven to be a SCAM and a SHAME.
[Saltair Resident, B&B Owner]

We have been forwarded your documents about the Interim Protocol.
I am taking the time  to answer the statements and questions in the document you sent, I hope this letter will be taken into consideration to stop this Interim Protocol.
[Saltair Resident]
“voluntary and temporary set of procedures for the assignment and use of the thirty-three anchorage sites along the South Coast of B.C. outside Canada Port Authority boundaries “
I consider this sentence as the first lie, I have talked to multiple ship agents, and they all told me they have to follow Port of Vancouver Instructions, they have nothing to say.
“Transport Canada has gained a better understanding of the impacts of anchoring.”
I consider this sentence as a second lie, before re-activated historical anchorage, there was no environmental studies, no social-ecological studies,  no underwater studies done, impact on tourism was not taken into account. I know many residents in Saltair, many of them have sent letters and requests, for what? Nothing. Just the wood industry got an arrangement for the Barge. Residents got NOTHING.
“was to more evenly balance the use of anchorage sites among all locations, “
I consider this sentence as a third lie: why Gabriola island has no anchorage and Royal Road refuse to be part of the interim protocol? The interim protocol is biased and flawed.
“reduce noise and light when anchored near residential communities.”
I consider this sentence as a fourth lie: Why we have to call EACH TIME there is ship to ask to reduce the light? WHY there is no regulation since February 2018? The noise: would you accept to have an engine idling 24/7 in front of your house between 60 to 72DB…?. The sound is continuously present. Not something you could expect in a rural residential area
1 -Do you have any concerns about the extension of the Interim Protocol?  
YES, this Interim Protocol is a SHAME. It is not up to Canada International Standards. I am pretty sure a third world country can do better. This Interim Protocol is spreading the pollution rather than containing it.
Furthermore, extensive researches were done among different authorities, ministers and they have NO historical legal documentation about these anchorage designations, and which authority (or who) designed them, and for which purpose.
What give you the right to reactivate these historical anchorage with NO environmental studies, no social-ecological studies, no underwater studies done, the impact on eco-tourism was not taken into account. Vancouver Port and Transport Canada has not provided any evidence these anchorages are used lawfully.
2- Is there specific information you think should be considered in the Interim Protocol?  
YES, industrial activities had to stay in industrial locations such as Vancouver Port, NOT in a rural residential area like Saltair.
Coastal residents are now EXPOSED to 24/7 noise pollution night and day we had up to 75DB, exhaust from ships, unknown discharges from these ships, risk of crew members seen leaving the freighters and risk of illegal immigration (Desert Oasis), risk of invasive species, risk of a spill. This is TOTAL SHAME. If it were on land, Port of Vancouver would have to respect the environment and the residents nearby.
Port of Vancouver and Transport Canada are DESTROYING  and POLLUTING the Stuart Channel for industrial profits. The Government of Canada is not protecting its people; on the contrary,  it is using our tax money to pollute us and destroy our environment.
3-From your perspective, are there any additional considerations that could help in revising the Interim 
STOP THIS NON SENSE IMMEDIATELY. Invest a just in time berthing and ban all contracts that offer to demurrage fees to this ship loitering in coastal water. Ships should arrive on time in Vancouver Port and NOT be provided outside of port anchorage.