Vancouver Island

BC, Canada

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PENTA VESSEL

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 <vija.poruks@tc.gc.ca>
Cc: harbour_master@portvancouver.com; saltair.anchorage@gmail.com; robert@cosbc.ca; oberkev@ppa.gc.ca; Pacific Anchorages / Ancrages du pacifique (TC) <TC.PacificAnchorages-Ancragesdupacifique.TC@tc.gc.ca>
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.

Regards

Saltair Resident

 

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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.

Sincerely,

TRANSPORT CANADA – Oceans Protection Plan

PACIFIC REGION ANCHORAGES TEAM

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From: saltair anchorage [mailto:saltair.anchorage@gmail.com]
Sent: October 31, 2018 9:18 AM
To: Pacific Anchorages / Ancrages du pacifique (TC)
Cc:  harbour_master@portvancouver.com; 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.

Regards,

Kay Morisset

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From: [Saltair Resident]
Date: Thu, Nov 1, 2018 at 12:52 PM
Subject: RE: Interim Protocol – Saltair/Ladysmith
To: saltair anchorage <saltair.anchorage@gmail.com>, Pacific Anchorages / Ancrages du pacifique (TC) <TC.PacificAnchorages-Ancragesdupacifique.TC@tc.gc.ca>
Cc: <harbour_master@portvancouver.com>, Robert Lewis-Manning <robert@cosbc.ca>, Kevin Obermeyer <oberkev@ppa.gc.ca>

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.

Regards

[Saltair Resident]

 

 

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