Vancouver Island

BC, Canada

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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
 
cwp