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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)

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