the arrival of the good weather, there has been an increase
in the number of near collisions in the traffic lanes on the
approaches to the First Narrows in Vancouver. In several cases,
transiting cargo ships and tug and barges have been forced
to take evasive actions to avoid collisions caused by pleasure
craft contravening the Canada Shipping Act rules pertaining
to Operating in a Traffic Separation Scheme and Operating
in a Narrow Channel. In the most recent incident, a pleasure
craft passed between a tug and its log boom, fortunately missing
the steel cable sub surface between the tug and its boom.
With the upcoming Canada Day fireworks in Vancouver Harbour
and the annual Celebration of Lights in English Bay, the risk
of dangerous encounters between commercial vessels and pleasure
craft will be increased. When operating around commercial
vessels, stay clear and check to see if there is a boom or
barge behind every tug before cautiously crossing well astern.
Keep to the Right side of the channel, Keep a Lookout, travel
at a Safe Speed and have your VHF scanning Channels 12 and
16 when transiting through English Bay and Vancouver Harbour.
Safety Board report: Collision Between the Pleasure Craft
Sunboy and the Tug Jose Narvaez Towing the Barge Texada B.C.
Vancouver Harbour, British Columbia
7 August 1999
Shipping Act Collision Regulations
Metro Vancouver Safety Guide
Navigation Light study chart
This is a guide- There are several course providers to educate
boaters in Boating Safety.
Cetacean Sighting Network
of us that have the opportunity to work and play on the water
and those that love to explore the shorelines of BC’s
coast, can play a huge roll in assisting the BC
Cetacean Sightings Network, Department
of Fisheries and Oceans and the Vancouver
Aquarium, gather data to assist in understanding and identifying
habitats and Species
Download the App , call or go online and start reporting sightings.
Safety - Rules of the Road
boaters are preparing to head out on the water again to enjoy
another great boating season on the west coast. Just as important
as inspecting all of your safety gear and your vessel’s
seaworthiness, is remembering to review the safe vessel operating
procedures as outlined in the Canada Shipping Act - Collision
Regulations, and to familiarize yourself with the hazards
that exist in the areas where you anticipate navigating. If
you plan on operating your vessel anywhere around a commercial
vessel, please be cautious of your wake and do not operate
in an erratic manner.
Two great reference guides are the Transport
Canada Safe Boating Guide and the Port
of Vancouver Safe Boating Guide for Burrard Inlet.
good weather is just around the corner and many of us will
be heading out on the water to take part in our favourite
water activities. If sport fishing is one of your pass times,
make sure you are exercising
good judgment when it comes to weather, stowage of gear and
your capabilities. You must also be aware of the Transport
Canada Safety regulations, Department of Fisheries and Oceans
regulations for conservation interests and the Canada Marine
Act while fishing and operating a vessel within the Port of
Vancouver. Please play within the rules and do it safely
Celebration of Lights
2016 Celebration of Light will be taking place in English
Bay on July 23rd, 27th and 30th.
Please ensure you take all steps necessary to keep everyone
safe on the water. Check tides, weather and hazards for the
area and have all required safety gear. Be mindful of commercial
traffic and do not pass between a tug and its tow. Coast Guard,
RCMSAR, Jericho Rescue and Police can be reached on VHF 16
or by calling 911.
launching and recovering your vessel, check the tides, have
knowledge of your vehicles capabilities, the characters of
the ramp and what type of surface is under the water. If your
vehicle gets stuck, do not put yourself or others in danger
of getting trapped under your vehicle in an attempt to free
it. Contact a professional tow company in “ample time”
to avoid damage to your vehicle, potential injury and environmental
communities struggle with the task of dealing with abandoned
and wrecked vessels that may cause environmental and safety
hazards to their waterways and foreshores. In many cases the
vessel owners fail to take responsibility for their vessels.
Organizations and responsible boat owners have some options
for resolving this issue. It is recommended early action is
taken to avoid cost and damage to the environment.
Stolen Boats Canada is available to post, free of charge, any
abandoned or wrecked vessels where your municipality or agency
is attempting to identify an owner. For additional resolutions
to this issue, please check out www.recyclemyboat.com
thinking about what speed you are traveling in your vessel,
think in “FEET PER SECOND”. Build into this calculation
the “Perception Response Sequence”(PRS) which
is the time to (1) Detect a Hazard, (2) Identify the Hazard,
(3) Decision on Action and (4) Reaction. Studies have shown
that this sequence takes 0.5 to 0.6 seconds under clinical
conditions and doesn’t include the amount of time for
the vessel to respond to the operator’s actions.
Several First Responder Agencies have been decreased in service
and response capabilities due to budgetary targets. Now more
than ever, First Responders are requesting that you
ensure your vessel, safety gear and skill level are prepared.
Please take a moment before setting out. Check with local
boating safety authorities for safety tips and information.
According to the BC Coroners Service more people drown every
year in the Interior and specifically in Okanagan Lake than
any other area of the province.
make sure that you know your waterways, you don't drink and
boat, you have your proper equipment and be mindful that weather
plays a big factor.
a reminder to boat owners, you are responsible for your vessel
and any environmental damage that it may cause, even if it is
a result of improper anchoring or neglect. Clean up and removal
can become extremely expensive and you as the vessel owner may
find yourself being held responsible for all costs.
As a vessel owner, it is your responsibility to ensure your
vessel is securely anchored and safely operated at all times.
Do you know where your vessel is? Do you know what your insurance
waters of Canada, both tidal and fresh, have many hidden hazards.
One of the most hazardous is a “Deadhead” or “Widow
Maker”. Deadheads present an extreme hazard to vessels
and in tidal areas, deadheads can cause significant damage to
marinas and the vessels moored within. Please remember to keep
a constant watch and travel at a safe speed. If you spot a deadhead,
please contact the Canadian Coast Guard (Pacific Region VHF
83a) or contact them by phone and provide the deadheads position,
size, how much of it is showing above the surface and if you
were able to safely hammer a marker into it to warn other boaters.
The CCG will give a Securite’ broadcast to warn mariners
of the existence of the danger. If you happen to spot a deadhead
in the area of a marina, fuel dock, or other floating structure,
please make an attempt to notify the facility’s operator
in an attempt to mitigate damage to property.
to the Canadian Red Cross – “On average 166 boating
related deaths occur in Canada each year.
Alcohol is present or suspected in over 50% of fatalities.
More than 24% of fatalities occur where life jackets were
on board but not worn. Wearing a life jacket could eliminate
up to 90% of boating related drownings.”
You are responsible for the safety of your passengers. Ensure
you have all required safety gear and that it is in an accessible
place. Be familiar with your safety gear, know how to use
it and instruct your passengers on how to use it. Be prepared
for an emergency and have a plan.
is finally Spring and many people are returning to the water
to take part in sport fishing and other recreational activities.
It is extremely important to remember the hazards that exist
during these activities. The crew at Stolen Boats Canada wanted
to remind everyone to review safety gear requirements, safe
boating practices and regulations for conservation and sustainability.
you to send us particulars and a photo of any stolen vessel, engine, trailer,
marine equipment or recreational vehicle. We will post it on our page
at no cost to you. Please ensure to update us with the status of the items
you send us.