Vancouver Island

BC, Canada


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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” <>
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