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2. Do you agree with these principles? Why or why not? What other principles should we consider in developing a framework for Proactive Vessel Management?

over 1 year ago

Read: Discussion Paper – Proactive Vessel Management: Framework principles

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  • Felleman over 1 year ago
    The goals are admirable but there needs to be a few specific areas of attention identified in order to put this enhance collaboration to best use.There needs to be a focus on the cross-border reciprocal relationships and disparities in the regulatory environment between countries. Particular focus needs to be paid to the routing of vessels transiting Haro Strait and Boundary Pass. Turn Point in particular is widely recognized as the most navigationally challenging part of the trip between Victoria and Vancouver. Based on direct observations the Special Operating Area (SOP) at Turn Point is not enforced resulting in vessels “meeting” head on along this particularly sharp turn. There will be an increased risk of accidents associated with the traffic generated by the various terminal developments in BC. The impacts to biological importance to the numerous marine species needs careful consideration. This is especially true for the critically endangered SRKWs that would likely be rendered extinct if an oil spill occurred in these frequented waters.The recently drawn separation scheme for vessels transiting these waters puts ships too close to the west sides of San Juan, Henry and Stuart islands. The shipping lane needs to be moved further offshore of these nearshore killer whale foraging habitats. This would create an additional acoustic buffer along this prime whale foraging zone. It would also reduce potential conflicts with whale watch boats that are already maintaining a 1/4 to 1/2 mile buffer from shore in this region.Requiring vessels to transit midstrait would also increase the time in which an ERTV would have to respond to a disabled ship. A multi-mission emergency response towing vessel (ERTV) needs to be operating in Haro Strait to provide timely response to disabled vessels before they create an accident as well as to provide initial clean up if there is an oil spill. An ERTV is needed to address non-tank vessel traffic, especially bulkers, bound to BC Ports through US/WA waters. Finally, there needs to be a prohibition on overtaking in Haro Strait, especially when there is two-way traffic. We have directly observed 3 ships abreast, with one over taking just east of Kelp Reef, the narrowest part of Haro Strait. Careful attention has to be paid to both the orientation of the lans as well as operations within them. Opportunities to create cross-border reciprocal protective measures need further exploration and improved communications that includes Tribal governments, First Nations as well as NGOs and public are a great way to make progress to that end.Thank you for this initiative. I hope there will be ways in which Washington residents will be able to contribute to this effort.
  • Gerry Kristianson over 1 year ago
    How is a consensus-based approach consistent with government statutory responsibilities? Are voluntary measures a substitute for regulations. Are there penalties attached to voluntary measures?
  • Pender over 1 year ago
    No. These measures do not address the issues. Transport Canada does not enforce the measures they have already.
  • Peter Holmes over 1 year ago
    Proactive vessel management must include protecting our waters and communities by a change in the shipping act to control the ingress of ships into the waters surrounding the Southern Gulf Islands solely for the use the of free parking.
  • Gailann over 1 year ago
    The principles sound good. But Transport Canada actually has to implement them and not just keep writing discussion papers to disguise the fact that nothing has been done.
  • deezee over 1 year ago
    The principles sound good...typical talking points done by a government agency. It's nothing that we haven't known for many years. Again, the impact on humans needs to be of more concern.