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Category Archive Ladysmith

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,


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” <>
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, 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.


Vija Poruks, OPP Project Manager

Transport Canada, Pacific Region/Government of Canada

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



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Vessel name:
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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.

B&B noise complaint impacting tourism

To: Ops & Sec – Port Operations Center <>
Cc:, of Commerce Chemainus & District Chamber <>,,,,,,,

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 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.
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
Cc:, Pelton Jeff <>,, “Paquet, Alain” <>, Ops & Sec – Port Operations Center <>, Kevin Obermeyer <>, Lewis-Manning Robert <>,,,,, saltair anchorage <>

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



From: Lynne Smith <>
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

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.

Lynne Smith
Area G Director (Elect)

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.

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]