Vancouver Island

BC, Canada


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Category Archive light nuisance

VISHVA PREETI is a MASSIVE bulk carrier in anchorage C is too big


I am very disappointed and shocked to see the Interim Protocol has assigned a vessel of 229m , the VISHVA PREETI, to be parked in Anchorage C.

The documents established by PPA in 2016 during the anchorages review only allows vessels of 225 m in this anchorage. This is a violation of PPA’s safety directions and operating parameters for this anchorage. See the document attached.

There was no risk assessment done to allow for such a large vessel to park in anchorage C. This vessel should be removed immediately.

In addition, the vessel has been parked further away from the Ladysmith Port most probably to accommodate loggers but is now much closer to the Rock Fish conservation area.

As a result Industrial activity and nuisance is shifted toward the Rock Fish area and the planned Salish Sea Marine Conservation area with all the negative consequences for the Environment.

It is also a serious concern for eco-tourism as it is a massive vessel obstructing all the views of Coffin island and the Gulf Island on the West. It is also very noisy and there is a trail of black smoke coming from its chimney 24 hours from its generator.

This vessel is way too big for our area and creates an unacceptable threat to our marine environment and eco-tourism.

Also FYI, this anchorage was already occupied by a noisy vessel for 30 days between Dec 23 and Jan 23. The quietness and character of Saltair is jeopardized with such frequent use and now this massive vessel.
When is it going to stop?

Best regards,

Kay Morisset
Saltair Resident

deseet oasis

Desert Oasis open letter

The Honourable Marc Garneau, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Transport
330 Sparks Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0N5

Sent by email:,


Saltair, December 16, 2018

Dear Minister Garneau:

Re: Interim Protocol for the Use of Southern B.C. Anchorages / Ladysmith Saltair Area

How long is too long to have a freighter idling 24/7 in an outside of Port anchorage, accumulating industrial nuisance for coastal communities?


Here is the compelling case of the DESERT OASIS: the week of October 24, 2018, this vessel was provided with a first assignment to a LADYSMITH/SALTAIR anchorage; as of December 14, it is still parked in the same area.


The DESERT OASIS has been anchored for the most part of the last two months in 3 different anchorages in LADYSMITH/SALTAIR. The Interim Protocol has generously provided three assignments for this 225m vessel that was sent to park each time at an anchorage in very close proximity to shore. Meanwhile, many residents endure the stress and nuisance of the loud noise of its generators, idling 24/7.


Our community has raised the issue of having the LADYSMITH/SALTAIR historical anchorages re-activated by the Interim Protocol with no risk assessment and no socio-economic and environmental studies. These anchorages were designated in the 70s not taking into account the large size of modern vessels. We have brought this issue to the attention of the Parliament of Canada, Transport Canada, Port of Vancouver, Pacific Pilotage Authority, and BC Chamber of Shipping as well as the many concerns of the cumulative damages these industrial vessels generate for the seabed, and threats to marine life and coastal ecosystem.


Despite the abundance of complaints and the evidence of nuisance, nothing has been done to alleviate the usage of these anchorages. On the contrary, during the fall of 2018, the Interim Protocol has assigned so many vessels to anchor in the LADYSMITH/SALTAIR area that it has resulted in an increase of usage of historical anchorages by 2,000%. This is a serious threat to our environment.


The inaction of the Interim Protocol on environmental issues raises serious concerns about the ability of the Interim Protocol to protect our coasts and deliver on its promises as part of the Ocean Protection Plan.


Now looking back at the DESERT OASIS, it is the perfect example of the risk of having for-profit marine shipping corporations taking advantage of a free for all parking lot at the expense of local coastal communities. It is a well-known fact that there is currently a global oversupply of bulk carriers and ship owners are looking for ways to save on idling costs and pocket demurrage fees.


The Interim Protocol contributes to the very profitable activities of the Port of Vancouver by providing ship owners with a free outside of Port anchorage and no questions asked. For the past two months, the DESERT OASIS has refueled at the Port but has not moved any goods, however, no one is asking why this vessel is staying here.


Last week, we saw people that looked like crewmembers disembarking with backpacks and luggage. Even after residents reported this observation, it does not seem any inquiry is conducted to assess if the entire crew of the DESERT OASIS is still on board. There is no physical surveillance for outside of Port anchorages and the risk of illegal activities is not mitigated.


The Interim Protocol was created with the goal of reducing the impact of anchorages on coastal communities and making sure no one community is overwhelmed. After 10 months in action, we would expect it would take corrective actions to react to abusive anchoring situations and vessels that are not complying with the Interim Protocol.


The Interim Protocol is well within its prerogative to discontinue the assignment provided to the DESERT OASIS and inform the vessel that it is no longer welcome to occupy this LADYSMITH/SALTAIR anchorage. This will send a message to the Marine Shipping Industry that self-regulation is needed and that anchorage assignments are not provided forever, and for no reason.


Considering the current jurisdictional void, it is not clear what will be the reaction of the vessel’s captain and vessel’s agent, but it is about time that the Interim Protocol demonstrates its willingness to fulfill its mission, and protect the interest of coastal communities in the face of such blatant abuse.


Let’s hope the story of the DESERT OASIS was a one-time occurrence and that lessons will be learned to make this kind of abuse a thing of the past. By the time we completed the final edit of this letter, finally, we have seen the DESERT OASIS leaving its anchorage on Dec 15.

Yours Truly,


For almost a year now we have been trying to cooperate with this interim protocol

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Freighter lights in anchorage’s

For almost a year now we have been trying to cooperate with this interim protocol. The only reason I was the least bit hopeful that there were good intentions on your side of this argument was that when I emailed a complaint regarding noise or lights the Harbour Master acted quickly to remedy the situation.

Now there is a new system in place with an online form that after three submissions has borne no results.

Is it coincidence that the first freighter arriving after this new system took place has left all of its bright lights on all night? I doubt it.

Please put a more responsive system back in place.

Also it has been reported by concerned citizens that last week sailors were observed coming ashore from the Desert Oasis with backpacks. This particular ship has received numerous complaints while anchoring here. Although not documented it does raise some serious concerns if people are entering our country illegally. What procedures are in place to ensure people are staying onboard while here.

[Ladysmith resident]




Freighter Discharge in anchorage



From: Ops & Sec – Port Operations Center <>
Date: December 14, 2018 at 3:48:18 PM PST
To: [masked for privacy]
Subject: RE: Form Submission: Anchorage inquiry – noise and light
Good afternoon,

Thank you for contacting the Port of Vancouver.

We will investigate the Baltic Sea.


Operations Coordinator

Harbour Master’s Office

Operations and Security

 Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place

Vancouver, B.C. Canada  V6C 3T4

From: [] On Behalf Of Port of Vancouver
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2018 3:44 PM
To: Ops & Sec – Port Operations Center <>
Subject: Form Submission: Anchorage inquiry – noise and light



There is a new comment:

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Email address:
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Vessel name:
Nord Baltic
Please provide a brief description of your concerns:
At approximately 2:50 pm today we witnessed this freighter discharging significant amount of water out of the back.

new freighter (Penta) anchored in the exact same spot as a freighter that departed yesterday

Sent: Monday, October 29, 2018 7:04 PM
To: Poruks, Vija <>
Cc:;;;; Pacific Anchorages / Ancrages du pacifique (TC) <>
Subject: Interim Protocol – Saltair/Ladysmith

It is my understanding that the interim protocol in effect has as one of its objectives the equitable distribution of freighters among all designated anchorages in the Gulf Islands.  That being the case, why is there a new freighter (Penta)  anchored in the exact same spot as a freighter that departed yesterday?  This does not appear to be very equitable.  There are several empty anchorages that have not been used for a while.

I would also like to show my appreciation for the Greek freighter (Desert Oasis) that departed yesterday which showed a great deal of consideration for the locals living on the coastline by have a very minimum of lights on at night.  It makes me ask why all freighters can’t dim their lights to the same degree?  This includes the other freighter (Agri Marina) which has also been anchored off our shoreline for the last couple of weeks and has all lights blazing.


Saltair Resident



Dear [Saltair Resident],

This is in response to your question about the assignment of vessels and why the vessel “Penta” was assigned to Ladysmith D when other anchorages were apparently available.   We followed up with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority who confirmed that the assignments have been made equitably.    As you probably know, each anchorage has a different size rating, and at the time the Penta was assigned to LSD it was the only available anchorages for a vessel greater than 200m.

One of the issues we face as we progress towards developing a new national selection and management system for anchorages,  is accommodating larger vessels, now more prevalent than in the past.

Thank you for your interest.


TRANSPORT CANADA – Oceans Protection Plan



From: saltair anchorage []
Sent: October 31, 2018 9:18 AM
To: Pacific Anchorages / Ancrages du pacifique (TC)
Cc:; Robert Lewis-Manning; Kevin Obermeyer
Subject: Re: Interim Protocol – Saltair/Ladysmith

Good morning

About this assertion “at the time the Penta was assigned to LSD it was the only available anchorages for a vessel greater than 200m”, it seems inaccurate knowing there are 33 anchorages currently managed by the Interim Protocol and several of them were empty at the time the Penta was assigned and several are allowing for freighters longer than 200m.

For example, anchorages LSE and LSF in Ladysmith were empty then and are still empty and they both are allowing freighters longer than 200m.


Kay Morisset


From: [Saltair Resident]
Date: Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 12:52 PM
Subject: RE: Interim Protocol – Saltair/Ladysmith
To: saltair anchorage <>, Pacific Anchorages / Ancrages du pacifique (TC) <>
Cc: <>, Robert Lewis-Manning <>, Kevin Obermeyer <>

Further to Ms. Morisset’s email below, I would appreciate an explanation from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on why they believe “the assignments have been made equitably” when the Penta was assigned to an anchorage vacated less than 24 hours previously while two adjacent anchorages, LSE and LSF (both rated for 225m) have been vacant for some time now.  I suspect that these are not the only two other anchorages that were also available.  This does not suggest an equitable assignment strategy.


[Saltair Resident]



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Saltair anchorage LSD – SANTA VALENTINA Nuisance Complaint

Sent to: Chamber of shipping, MP Malcomlson

I live close to the Stuart Channel , a restricted access body of water with narrow passes in and out in all north , south and east directions  to federal government controlled main shipping channels . Having narrow ingress and egress the Stuart Channel is a very slow changing body of water that recommends itself to recreational use . Fishing has been partially decimated over the past twenty five years , Ladysmith has built and continues to improve its modern sewage treatment and water dispersal plant . The shallow , summer warmed beaches provide swimming , groups of children (especially young ones ) from local schools are marshalled down to the beaches for fun and biological introduction. The waters allow crabbing , shrimping , canoeing , kayaking and sailing ( including U.S.A. vessels visiting the local marinas) . One from Hawaii was seen moored in Chemainus marina during September 2018  .

Saltair district is a rural retreat . We have no sidewalks , no downtown , no street lighting ( except three lamps at the Davis Lagoon curved bridge ) and are part of the Canada Trail , thus ensuring a lasting non Industrial- commercial environment that is our home .

As of the last few years we have sustained a steadily increasing volume of anchoring, large ocean going freighters that have flood lights operating permanently during the naturally dark hours ( longer hours as the year becomes winter ) disturbing not only the fauna but in some instances even the flora . Were you aware that certain plants only flower during the lengthening night time hours ? Difficult for plants to flower and set seed when the night is similar to day ,sometimes weeks at a time .

Noise from  running generating motors to power the necessary operations on board ship is loud and constant . By constant I mean twenty four hours a day , seven days a week . They run when the vessels arrive to find anchorage , run permanently while at anchor and still run as they weigh and leave the residents at a loss to fight this gross intrusion of our backwater . It’s a vital loss but no benefit at all for this quiet area . The benefit is for for profit of the curiously registered vessels and the port authority that authorized their permission , but to the detriment of the residents .  Better planning on arrivals to the loading facilities would be a start . Please ensure the coming season has no more unwelcome visitors to our life style .

[Saltair Resident]


Answer received from Chamber of Shipping President:

Hello [..],

Thank you for the note and the description of your beautiful surroundings. I have personally visited all of the locations where ships anchor in the Southern Gulf Islands in both the day-time and at night. While it might not appear like it sometimes, there are a number of people working quite hard to improve the current situation and develop a management strategy for the longer-term. It does not make much business sense  to anchor ships awaiting loading or unloading so far from their terminals so there are a number of reasons to strive for change.

I am hopeful that the Government of Canada’s National Anchorage Review can be aligned with the Ports Modernization Review, as much of this challenge is directly related to efficiency and productivity of the supply chain. I appreciate that your local MP is very knowledgeable of the situation and anything that MP Malcomson might do to encourage this approach would be most appreciated.

Best regards,


Robert Lewis-Manning, OMM, CD, MBA  |  President  | Chamber of Shipping
t: 604.681.2351 |  f : 604.681.4364  |  | |@COSBCtweets



port shipping agency

Ship agents are told the Interim Protocol is mandatory

Hello B.,

Thank you for your answer.

I found you were the ship agent for the Santa Valentina on the Internet. If it not the case, my sincere apologies to have bothered you with my messages. But I would like to let you know what residents of Saltair are enduring when a ship is sent to anchor in a rural residential area.

If you know the ship agent of this vessel, I would appreciate if you can give me his contact info so I can also pass my feedback to them.

We have already sent many complaints to,,,,,,

Based on your message, it looks like the ship agents have been misinformed by Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA). The Interim Protocol is a voluntary program, not a mandatory program. You could say no we do not want to go so far in the Gulf Islands and be a nuisance to rural residential area and contributing to the destruction of wildlife and the environment. See official info here:

Also, VPA mentioned that they had consulted the communities, it is wrong, Saltair community was not consulted. Even worse, they have re-activated historical anchorages without any environmental studies nor sociological studies.

We have sent already 2 petitions to the Parliament of Canada, many more are on their way.

Our group has reached other ship agents. One of them already expressed he is sorry for the nuisance to a rural residential area and be a nuisance for the residents. They even sent their apologies to Saltair Residents.

If your company has a heart and not only a wallet, please help the coastal communities, wildlife, and the environment. Please ask not to be sent in the anchorages known as Ladysmith C (LSC), Ladysmith D (LSD) and Ladysmith F (LSF). These anchorages are NOT located in Ladysmith but in Saltair a rural residential area.

Please contact other ship agents and the chamber of shipping and join us to ask VFPA to develop an innovative and modern program called Just-in-time berthing like there are doing in developed countries. The Interim Protocol is a bad project, and it is spreading pollution, destroying the environment and contributing to jeopardize endangered species survival, it should be stopped immediately.

The Santa Valentina is anchored so close to our shore and our public beach accessed, we can see the guys on the deck without binocular.  See photo below

Furthermore, the noise of the Santa Valentina is up to 78.5 DB way above the local CVRD residential noise bylaws.

Would you and your family sleep/live with a 200-meter truck idling 24/7 and full light at night in your backyard?

Many residents are deprived of sleep because of this vessel.

It is even worse when a ship arrives and anchors at night. All the village is awaken, not only the coastal residents.

The anchor of the Santa Valentina and all vessels are scraping the seabed, destroying prawn and crab habitat.

Also she is too close to the shore. See photo taken with my iPhone with no zoom this morning.


Thank you for your time and I hope you will be able to help us.


[Saltair resident]




September 20, 2018


Apologies for my lack of clarity. By way of explanation any issues with anchorage assignments / vessel locations must be dealt with through Port Metro Vancouver Harbour Masters office. We , as agents, do NOT have any control over anchorage assignments.

It is a protocol that has been developed by the Port  in conjunction with Pacific Pilotage and we have to follow their instructions with respect to where vessels are to anchor.


In addition please note that this particular is not one of the vessels being handled by our agency.


Kind Regards



 Wheelhouse Shipping Agency Ltd.

little grand daughter has awoken in night terrors

To all addressed:

The Santa Valentia has anchored directly in front of our residence in Saltair, B.C. We quite frankly are tired of being awoken by chains being dropped and or retracted, generator noise day and night, and
lights shining in our windows so bright that it looks like daylight all night long. Our little grand daughter has awoken in night terrors due to the anchor noises when they arrive at night. She has a hard time getting back to sleep
because she thinks its daytime due to the bright lights.

We have been residents of Saltair for 20 years and would not have moved here if we thought we were going to be living in an industrial area. When we first moved here, we never saw any freighters but lately there seems to be
an unending stream of them coming and going. If I look at my marine charts there is not even a designated anchorage shown in front of my house, the closest one being Boulder Point and I don’t think it was designated for the
size of ships using it now. When was the anchorage in front of my house designated? Why wasn’t there a consultation process with land owners affected? Why wasn’t there an environmental study done?

The ships continually spin around on anchor, decimating any and all sea life on the bottom in this area. Our crabbing has gone down to next to nothing and we are not seeing the wild life that we are used to.
You seem to be dumping all these freighters in the Gulf Islands but I never see any in Howe Sound which would be closer to Vancouver Harbour. Why is that? Is the Port so mismanaged that scheduling and On Time Delivery
is not even considered?

Something has to be done, anchoring ships 500 meters off of a densely populated residential area is such a bad idea on many fronts. Surely there are other solutions which would have less of an impact on residents, sea life, and
wild life. How would you react if someone put a noisy brightly lit industrial park right next to your house. You would most likely not be happy. That’s where we are now—- EXTREMELY NOT HAPPY!!!!!

[Saltair residents]

freighter in saltair

complaint regarding the anchoring of yet another freighter in Saltair

to Vija, Pacific, Jeff, Yvette, Louise, Alain, harbour_master, robert, bonnie, Kevin, me, chamber

Good morning all,
I am writing once again to register my complaint regarding the anchoring of yet another freighter in Saltair. This freighter arrived two days ago and has been droning on night and day since. I have been working in my yard and the constant noise is very irritating. Even with our windows now closed we can clearly hear it all night. I can only imagine the impact on the wildlife who make their home along the shore and underwater, as they have no escape.
As I have expressed now numerous times, this situation is untenable. The coastal waters of Saltair are not an appropriate place to park freighters. This is not an industrial area. The impact on our neighborhood and the wildlife along our coast is unjust.
A strategy to actually deal with the issue of long term freighter anchoring is required. Stop gap measures such as the Interim Protocol are wasted efforts that do nothing but cause more problems.
I do believe there are good people working on this issue. I challenge each of you to adjust course and set sights on a better plan.
Yours truly,
[Saltair Resident]

freighter interim protocol gulf island

freighter SANTA VALENTINA is parked in Saltair quiet residential rural area where she does NOT belong

to vija.poruks, alain.paquet, yvette.myers, harbour_master, robert, bonnie, oberkev, me, TC.PacificAnchorages-Ancragesdupacifique.TC, jeff.pelton

Hello Vija,

I want to share your my point of view about the Interim Protocol.

If I were rich and powerful, I would

-1: hire a private investigator to find your personal addresses
-2:  hire 4 semis and truck drivers for each of person that will receive this email
-3:  Park these semis  in front of your home
-4:  Ask the truck drivers to idle their engine 24/7
-5:  Ask the truck drivers to light them up at night
-6:  hire a bobcat guy to scrap your backyard and garden

I am not this person.

So I cannot make you live what I am experiencing right now when you send freighters anchored to close to the shore in residential rural area with your Interim Protocol.

Also I have contacted the ship agent of the SANTA VALENTINA, It looks like your Services and Vancouver Port are lying to them by saying this is a mandatory program, and you tell them they have to comply to send freighters anchoring in coastal water close by residences.

Based on your website it is NOT, it is a voluntary program. This is the second time a ship agent mentioned they have the obligation to follow orders and come and park their vessels here in Saltair. G2 Ocean also said also this same information to members of our advocacy group.

Stop the Interim Protocol immediately! Stop sending vessels in a quiet residential rural area where they do NOT belong.

Start working immediately on developing a program of just in time berthing like modern countries are doing. When has Canada became a third world country? Why Canada is not a leader to fight pollution?

Your Interim Protocol is making Canada trailing behind we are now back in the 50ies when all polluters was spreading the pollution all over the place instead of dealing with, eliminating the cause and limiting the exposure and devastation to our environment, wildlife, and residents.

[Saltair Resident]

freighter parked in front

Saltair B&B suffers industrial nuisance noise and light – obstructed views – loss of quietness and rural character

to Vija, Pacific, Jeff, Yvette, Louise, Alain, harbour_master, robert, bonnie, Kevin, me, chamber, elizabeth.may, sheila, Alistair.MacGregor, Ladysmith, dobee, bmackenzie, localnews, Marina, info, tips, gsjuberg, editor, islandnews

One more freighter parked in Saltair, right across my B&B.

Thank you Transport Canada for transforming our area in an industrial zone! Surely tourists will appreciate the gesture.

What is it we need to do now? Well sounds like the time has come to do a delegation at CVRD and ask for rezoning. We have the noise, light, and signage nuisance. It is not compatible for a residential and tourist coastal area and the level of taxes we are paying. We are going to make sure to alert to alert CVRD of what is happening.

The SANTA VALENTINA is 199m parked about 600m from shore. Its anchor is damaging our seabeds on an area of 3 football fields.

Since the invasion of freighters has resumed on August 8, our marine life has hardly come back. Not seen the baby sea otters and our resident blue herons and babies. Blue herons are endangered species but the INTERIM PROTOCOL does not care, they are only counting vessels, not blue herons.

Statistics show an increase of 600% for Saltair with an the average of 23 days per month having a cargo ship idling here.

I am inviting the Chemainus chamber of commerce to visit my B&B. They have to see what is happening here. The victimization of a coastal rural community and at the same time record profits for Port of Vancouver. We pay the socio-economic cost and industries got the benefits. What a shame.


[Saltair resident]