Vancouver Island

BC, Canada

Source: Photo from Sheila Malcomlson Facebook page

Saltair Ocean Protection Committee participated in the round table organized by Sheila Malcolmson and Alistair MacGregor.



We used the social media exposure to send our thanks and message to Sheila and Alistair.

facebook response

The following article was published in the news paper

Freighters overstaying their welcome in the strait, say Vancouver Island MPs – Cowichan Valley Citizen

Our social media reaction:

social media

Yeah: Another Facebook Mention for Saltair Ocean Protection Committee!

facebook mention


Speech by Volunteers

We thank our volunteers to have prepared and given a speech at the round table

This Round #2 speech is presented below:

Three questions regarding the designation of anchorages:

1-how were the anchorages originally designated and by whom? Where is this documentation?

2-what size of vessel was originally designated to anchor here?

3-the positioning of the LS anchorages? From the earliest maps we have seen to their current position it appears they have been moved.   Who has the authority to move the anchorages?

We believe these are important points to investigate, as they would help clarify the legality of the use of these anchorages, which we question.

Environmental concerns:

1) To date there have been:

-no environmental studies

-no marine life impact studies (endangered southern resident orca, herons which reside along our beaches, salmon spawning in local creeks, local prawning and crabbing fishery)

2) As Ladysmith has a history of previous industrial activity (specifically coal mining) there is concern that contamination which has safely settled out of our waters and is inert at the bottom could be resuspended into the water column by freighter activity, in particular the action of anchors and chains shifting as the freighter rotates with the tides.  Without environmental studies, how do we know our water is safe?

3) Outside-of-port anchorages have no monitoring or surveillance like those inside Ports.  This leaves local residents concerned about protection from spills, dumping of fluids, invasive species, and the risk of accident or freighters running aground

Local economy:

1) Ladysmith and Saltair have a burgeoning tourist economy, which depends heavily on our reputation for sheltered coastal waters, stunning views and excellent beaches.  What will be the impact on local businesses:

-Small hotels and Bed and Breakfasts

-Kayaking and Paddling businesses

-Sport fishing

-local businesses which benefit from Sailing and yachting traffic (Seattle Yacht Club)

-Prawn fishery

-And Ladysmith’s new development plan which includes a large investment in an enlarged marina to support the increasing traffic of tourists to the area.

2) We question the impact on property values in our area as well

Inefficiencies in supply chain management:

1) We are concerned with:

-lack of infrastructure at Port for loading of grain in inclement weather (which is often)

-inefficiencies in rail transport delaying movement of grain (increase in demand due to rail shipping of oil AND lack of infrastructure to manage movement of loads during cold weather months)

We should require corporations to properly invest in infrastructure that is necessary for efficient transport of goods instead of spreading those inefficiencies into our coastal waters.

2) Washington State, Oregon and California do not allow the shipment of coal through their ports.  Why does Canada allow the shipment of american coal through VFPA?

We question how this fits with our signing of the Paris Accord and our reputation as a global leader in environmental protection.

3) We have been told that since the financial crisis of 2008 there is a glut of freighers globally that are under-utilized and are looking to anchor.

We need to review and revise the Canadian Shipping Act to stop freighters from parking in Canadian Waters when they do not have a contract.