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What are your areas of interest within the pilot sites?

over 2 years ago
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  • BCresidant over 2 years ago
    The area I am most concerned about is the South Gulf Island proposed pilot sites. We already have numerous freighter anchored in our waters for days and weeks on end. However, I am also concerned about the lack of oversight by the Port authorities or our government to monitor, control and oversee the activities of foreign freighters in our waters. No more "free parking". We are allowing a negative impact on our environment without any benefit to ourselves.
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  • tedfullerton over 2 years ago
    I am particularly concerned about the Southern BC "pilot site". The conflict between industry, humans and the environment continues to escalate in this area. Industry seems to win most of the arguments. The ports grow, huge ship traffic grows, unnecessary and harmful and risky ship anchoring grows faster and more erratically than trade growth and it occurs more and more in pristine and extremely narrow and hazard filled waterways in the Southern Gulf Islands. Neither Transport Canada nor the Province of BC show any serious willingness or intention to control ship traffic or ship behavior outside ports beyond mandatory pilotage rules.

    Here is my main beef, my ultimate insult. There can be no argument that there is harm and that there is increased risk associated with increased ship traffic and particularly with anchoring activities in the Southern Gulf Islands. That harm and increased risk has to have some payoff for Canada. I see none. The industry has provided none. The port just says its necessary. The industry clouds this and many other issues with boasts of being an economic engine (all of transportation including shipping in BC ranked seventh over the past 15 years in a job growth study of Vancouver), being vital to Canada's trade (our US imports and exports are around 75% of each total, yes Asia Pacific is important but far less important than the US by a factor of at least 5). This cloud of economic superiority is the excuse for many of the choices the shipping industry makes and Transport Canada and its industry engaging parts have been absent as industry pushes forward. "We anchor, we move goods, anchoring = goods = profits = commerce, more anchoring equals more of everything". Anchoring simply burns more fuel and uses up expensive Pilot time getting to and from. No goods move, no goods are loaded or unloaded, there is no benefit to this type of anchoring. So, my beef summarized is there is harm and there is no benefit to Southern Gulf Island big ship anchoring. How can this have occurred in the first place and how can it be justified going forward?

    Here is a related beef. Container ships almost never go to anchorage sites. They go straight from the open ocean to their berth, then straight out to the ocean when they are done. Container ships are rewarded for arriving on time by lower port fees. In contrast if there is an incentive for other ship types it is invisible and the behavior of bulk cargo ships is that they come as early as they want and stay as long as they like and do whatever they want while at anchor. There is no control on these ships and this is precisely why we see so many ships anchoring in our pristine waters. The ships are otherwise idle (between contracts because there is a massive oversupply of ships globally), so they come here and wait for free with no oversight.

    If this situation does not trigger some tough legislation with teeth then I say that Transport Canada is still absent from the equation and that therefore no one is protecting our oceans from these huge floating factories.
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  • PAudretsch over 2 years ago
    - Protection of the biodiversity of the marine ecosystem, particularly the protection of the Species at Risk and all other fish, marine mammals, animals, and birds that rely on a healthy marine ecosystem to survive and to thrive.
    - Protection of the unique Gulf Island and Vancouver Island residential communities.
    - Call on the Port of Vancouver to improve their supply chain inefficiencies, and their antiquated vessel arrival protocol. Improvements in these areas would markedly reduce and likely eventually eliminate the need for ‘overflow’ anchorages outside the port of Vancouver.
    - Stop any further Freighter anchorage development outside of the port of Vancouver. Work to remove Freighter Anchorages from the Southern Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands.
    - Undertake baseline surveys for assessing the environmental impact of the existing Southern Gulf Island anchorages.
    - Undertake a thorough quantitative safety risk assessment as part of the process for assigning any new anchorages.
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  • wedwards over 2 years ago
    What do you mean by "pilot sites"?
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    • Sheila.Sankey over 2 years ago
      Hello, there are 6 pilot sites listed in the introduction:

      •Northern British Columbia
      •Southern British Columbia
      •St. Lawrence River, Quebec
      •Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
      •South Coast Newfoundland
      •Arctic, Nunavut

      We are looking for feedback on your areas of interest in one or many of the selected pilot sites.

      Thank you.
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