Vancouver Island

BC, Canada

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Category Archive noise nuisance

INTERIM PROTOCOL – another proposed extension!!

Re: Extension of Interim Protocol
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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.
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[Saltair Resident, B&B Owner]


Hello,
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.
Sincerely
[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 
Protocol? 
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.

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

Att: PPA CEO

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: mintc@tc.gc.ca, marc.garneau@parl.gc.ca

 

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,
SALTAIR OCEAN PROTECTION COMMITTEE
https://www.facebook.com/saltairoceanprotection/
Contact: saltair.anchorage@gmail.com

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Noise complaint Desert Oasis – see this answer!

Response received from TC: (may be we need to change the laws to make sure our quality of life and quietness is respected??)

From: “Poruks, Vijae” <vija.poruks@tc.gc.ca>
Date: December 11, 2018 at 11:09:21 AM PST

Subject: FOLLOW UP RE: telephone calls about the MV Desert Oasis
Hello [hidden for privacy Chemainus Resident]

Further to telephone message left this morning …h

This will acknowledge receipt of your recent telephone calls to Yvette Myers of Transport Canada  and to Kevin Obermeyer of the Pacific Pilotage Authority about the noise emitted by the ship “Desert Oasis”.    We passed the noise complaint on to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, who immediately contacted the ship’s captain through their agent.  We have already received an acknowledgement and a return message from the ship indicating that they are running their generators at minimum and no further reductions are possible.

We appreciate that even this reduced output may still be unacceptable; however, unless the ship is violating a Canadian law, Transport Canada does not have the authority to compel a ship to move, nor to change its behavior while at anchor.

We also wish to advise that the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority recently updated their procedures for receiving noise and light complaints.   In the future, you may contact VFPA directly at https://www.portvancouver.com/southern-b-c-anchorage-noise-and-light-concerns/, and complete and on-line form. As mentioned, VFPA immediately follows up and tracks the details of each complaint.

Please let us know if this addresses your concerns or if you have additional questions.

Sincerely,

Vija Poruks, OPP Project Manager

Transport Canada, Pacific Region/Government of Canada

vija.poruks@tc.gc.ca/

B&B noise complaint impacting tourism

To: Ops & Sec – Port Operations Center <harbour_master@portvancouver.com>
Cc: Bardish.Chagger@parl.gc.ca, of Commerce Chemainus & District Chamber <chamber@chemainus.bc.ca>, tyspeer@tourismvancouver.com, spearce@tourismvancouver.com, localnews@timescolonist.com, tips@cheknews.ca, islandnews@ctv.ca, dclark@globeandmail.com, sefron@globeandmail.com

Hi There

 
The quietness of our neighbourhood is highly disturbed once again by the generator noise and activities of a freighter, this time it is the Huayang Spirit. This is one of the 6 vessels currently parked in our neighbourhood of Saltair/Ladysmith (as shown on the map attached). We have seen in the Fall an increase of 2000% of anchor days in our area.
 
This vessel is doing a constant noise of about 70-72 dB and it has a series of rumbling at 75dB from my deck that are startling and we can hear the noise through closed windows and we can not protect ourselves against this violation of our home quietness. This sound disturbance is far above the noise bylaws of CVRD.
 
It is not the first time since the inception of the Interim Protocol that we suffer the stress of such heavy noises and we have not seen anyone from Vancouver Port coming to measure the sound.
 
At this moment, we hear the noise from 3 vessels and we have our natural sceneries occupied by 6 vessels. Our B&B is located in Ladysmith/Saltair and according to Booking.com this area is known by tourists for its natural sceneries and relaxation, The  Huayang Spirit is located less than 600m from our shore and its length is 225 m, its massive presence is a serious personal  threat to our small business. Tourists are repelled by this kind of industrial nuisance and we are at very high risk of losing business as clients satisfaction is profoundly impacted.
 
We have sent several complaints on this issue of this particular anchorage LSD because it is located too close to our residential area and to our public beach and impacts drastically tourists enjoyment of our rural location. 
 
Despite our complaints, freighters are now parked even closer to our home like if it was done to intimidate us and have us stop complaining.  Nobody answers our complaints and even worse there are rumours that Saltair volume of complaints has been characterized as “harassment” by government employees. This rumour has had a strong effect and we know of several neighbours who feel embarrassed and have stopped complaining due to this kind of allegation.
 
As a resident of Saltair and owner of a B&B, I do feel my rights for quiet enjoyment of my home and developing the potential of my eco-tourist B&B business are violated. I feel harassed by so many freighters sent to park by Vancouver Port so close to our home. This only profits to the Port’s operations at the expense of our small business and eco-tourism potential. 
 
You can see on the map attached the high density of freighters we have to suffer in our area these days. It is more dense than a Port and we are a residential rural area not an industrial Port!
 
We need the Port to take actions to send a team to measure the sound levels and evaluate the socio economic impact of this invasion. It is not fair what is happening. 
 
Saltair Resident and B&B owner
 

community overwhelmed by freighters presence

Att: Vancouver Harbour Master
Dear Sir
The increase in freighters anchor days in Ladysmith/Saltair/Chemainus has reached 2000% and more this Fall. In addition and as of yesterday, we have 6 (updated just now) large bulk carriers parked in close proximity to each others and very close to our shores (less than 600m). No other area has this kind of density of freighters except the Port of Nanaimo, where it is expected as an industrial port. Furthermore, the Hercules could not access inside the Port of Ladysmith and has unloaded all its wood logs in the Stuart Channel, not so far from the protected rock fish area, increasing the disturbance to marine life.
This massive invasion of industrial freighters is a major disruption to the area, our coastal rural residential and recreational character, to the quiet enjoyment of our property and public space and our environment. The impact for tourist activity is paramount.
Prior to implementing such a dramatic change, there have been no environmental and socioeconomic studies conducted.  There has not been any risk assessment done to allow such a sudden change in usage of  historical anchorages.
The Interim Protocol has claimed it will reduce the impact on coastal communities and make sure no community is overwhelmed. It sounds like our community has been forgotten. We are overwhelmed and this increase is dramatic.
A simple glance at the map attached shows the high density in our area and the statistics compiled show this dramatic increase for the Fall:
We respectfully request that this issue is looked into and that our community is  no longer overwhelmed with 5 freighters parked in such a small space and close proximity to our shore.
Sincerely
Kay Morisset
Saltair Ocean Protection Community
penta noise complaint

sound complaint freighter PENTA anchored in Ladysmith LSD – generator is heard at 73dB on my deck

Subject: sound complaint freighter PENTA anchored in Ladysmith LSD – generator is heard at 73dB on my deck
Date: November 2, 2018 at 10:33:10 AM PDT
To: TC.PacificAnchorages-Acragesdupacifique.TC@tc.gc.ca
Cc: yvette.myers@tc.gc.ca, Pelton Jeff <jeff.pelton@tc.gc.ca>, louise.murgatroyd@tc.gc.ca, “Paquet, Alain” <alain.paquet@tc.gc.ca>, Ops & Sec – Port Operations Center <harbour_master@portvancouver.com>, Kevin Obermeyer <oberkev@ppa.gc.ca>, Lewis-Manning Robert <robert@cosbc.ca>, elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca, sheila.malcolmson@parl.gc.ca, Alistair.MacGregor@parl.gc.ca, smithcvrdareag@gmail.com, saltair anchorage <saltair.anchorage@gmail.com>

One more time a vessel parked in Saltair is projecting a high level of industrial sound nuisance towards our residential and recreational area. The sound of this vessel’s generator the “PENTA” has been measured at 73dB this morning on my iPhone and from my deck where I took the photo attached.

Several residents have requested monitoring of sound from vessels be undertaken to acknowledge the nuisance and reduce the impact on our community. Some anchorages such as LSD are just too close to shore for large vessels (PENTA is 225m), and the consequences are predictable: loud sound nuisance and loss of quietness.

Let’s take the example of Ladysmith bylaws: “No person shall emit or cause, suffer, or permit the emission of sound from the operation of a heat pump or water pump in a quiet zone resulting in a sound level at a point of reception located in a Quiet Zone in excess of: i. 50 decibels between 7 am and 10 pm, or ii. 45 decibels between 10 pm and 7 am the following day.”

Here we are faced with a situation where the sound is over 70dB, but nothing is done to alleviate this issue. The issue is amplified by the sudden increase in the number of freighters parked in our coastal waters. Saltair is a quiet residential area, but we continue to be bombarded with loud sound from vessels anchored that are not compatible with the quietness of a rural coastal area.

The level of sound over 70dB compares to a new freeway being placed overnight a few hundred meters from our front yard. The sound covers bird chirping (45dB) and passing cars (65dB).

The same vessel parked in English Bay is not impacting residents with the same level of noise because the anchorages are further away and the suburban/urban ambient noise is much higher than a rural area.

There has to be something that can be done, first acknowledging the harmful situation by measuring the sound levels in our residential streets and households, and then take measures to prevent this to happen again. The loud noise is very stressful and impacts our health.

Saltair Resident

 

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From: Lynne Smith <smithcvrdareag@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: sound complaint freighter PENTA anchored in Ladysmith LSD – generator is heard at 73dB on my deck
Date: November 2, 2018 at 5:37:21 PM PDT
Cc: TC.PacificAnchorages-Acragesdupacifique.TC@tc.gc.ca, yvette.myers@tc.gc.ca, jeff.pelton@tc.gc.ca, louise.murgatroyd@tc.gc.ca, alain.paquet@tc.gc.ca, harbour_master@portvancouver.com, oberkev@ppa.gc.ca, robert@cosbc.ca, elizabeth.may@parl.gc.ca, sheila.malcolmson@parl.gc.ca, Alistair.MacGregor@parl.gc.ca, saltair.anchorage@gmail.com

Hi Kay,

Thank you for sending me this information.

The Saltair Ocean Protection Group may want to put together a presentation for the CVRD Board to request the CVRD Board Directors to authorize the writing of letters to the Provincial Government and the Federal Government. The same as the Town of Ladysmith has written.

On the CVRD website you can fill out the form to apply to be a delegation.

Regards,
Lynne Smith
Area G Director (Elect)

Saltar anchorage LSD

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

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

 

 

santa-valentina-498m-80dB

498m from our shore – more noise from freighter SANTA VALENTINA

to vija.poruks, Kevin, Yvette, Alain, Louise, Jeff
Hello again,
I am writing today to share with you a video I took yesterday afternoon. For over 30 minutes around 4:30pm there was the sound of cheers and yells and raised voices, from both men and women, reverberating throughout our neighbourhood. It sounded like crowd watching a soccer match and it took me a few minutes to figure out it was coming from the freighter. I stood on my deck in awe of the sound and watched other neighbours come out of their homes to scratch their heads and look around in bewilderment until they turned and also stared at the freighter. It was shocking. My video does not do justice to the sound, but it does illustrate just how close the freighter is anchored to Saltair and just how much noise transfers up into our homes.
What was going on on that freighter yesterday afternoon? Was it the crew kicking back and enjoying themselves? Are there that many women on board? Maybe? I honestly don’t know, but I’m curious of my new neighbour, as I would be of any neighbour who was suddenly yelling and cheering and hosting what sounded like a loud and raucous party.
Once again I am hoping that the people working on this issue will acknowledge that Saltair is not the place to park a freighter. This anchorage is too close to shore. It brings freighters and residents into too close proximity. This is a mix that will never work.
Best,
[Saltair resident]

santa-valentina-498m-80dB

distance measured with a golf range finder 498m

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 vija.poruks@tc.gc.cajeff.pelton@tc.gc.caalain.paquet@tc.gc.ca, yvette.myers@tc.gc.ca, harbour_master@portvancouver.com, robert@cosbc.ca, bonnie@cosbc.ca, oberkev@ppa.gc.ca, TC.PacificAnchorages-Ancragesdupacifique.TC@tc.gc.ca

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:
https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/marine/ports-harbours/interim-protocol-use-southern-bc-anchorages.html

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.
https://coastal-waters-protection.org/petitions-to-the-canadian-parliament/

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.

Sincerely

[Saltair resident]

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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

 

B.

 Wheelhouse Shipping Agency Ltd.