Chamber of Shipping gives National Anchorage Initiative a failing grade

The leading voice for the shipping industry in Canada just panned Transport Canada’s plan to deal with freighter anchorages. The Chamber of Shipping issued a “report card” this week on Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan (OPP) which was launched in 2016. The OPP is a broad collection of programs designed to assure Canadians that Canada has the expertise and resources to …

Powerful personal messages

So far, close to 1,3000 people have sent letters from our website to the federal government asking for and end to the use of the Southern Gulf Islands as a parking lot for freighters. Many have taken the time to add their own comments to the letter we have posted. We wanted share some of the stories, perspectives and opinions, …

Salt Spring group joins South Coast Ship Watch Alliance

The South Coast Ship Watch Alliance is the collation of grassroots, volunteer organizations who are working against the harmful effects of freighter anchorages in the Southern Gulf Islands. We are very pleased to be adding many strong Salt Spring voices to this campaign. ‘Protect The Islands Sea’ is a grassroots group of Salt Spring Islanders who have become increasingly concerned …

Watch “Save Our Southern Gulf Islands”

This very popular video explaining the freighter anchorage situation was produced by our Alliance members, the Ladysmith Anchorage Watch. It asks for your help to protect this very special part of Canada. Please watch the vidoe, and if it inspires you, we’ve made it very easy to send a letter to the federal goverment asking them to make change. We …

Cowichan-Malahat-Langford incumbent Alistair MacGregor, left, Nanaimo-Ladysmith candidate Bob Chamberlin and retiring Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen, Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorages Society president Chris Straw, Scott Colborne and local residents at a meeting at Tea on the Quay in Nanaimo.

Vancouver Island NDP candidates say reconciliation and UNDRIP are keys to addressing Southern Gulf Islands freighter anchorages issue

Cowichan Malahat NDP incumbent candidate Allistair MacGregor and Nanaimo Ladysmith candidate Bob Chamberlin, held a round table discussion in Nanaimo on Monday to hear from community groups concerned about large coal and grain ships anchoring throughout the Southern Gulf Islands. The gathering included residents from Saltair, Cowichan Bay and Gabriola Island. Some of the concerns raised included the impacts of …

What you need to know about the freighter anchorage situation in the Southern Gulf Islands

There are 33 freighter anchorages in the Southern Gulf Islands and Cowichan Bay and the federal government is currently considering adding more. The anchorages sites are free, long-term, overflow parking spaces for mostly, internationally owned grain and coal ships, waiting for berths in Port of Vancouver. Because they are outside of the federally regulated Port of Vancouver’s jurisdiction, they have …

Gulf Islands anchorages are being used for dirty U.S. thermal coal

Many of the cargo freighters anchoring in BC’s Southern Gulf Islands are waiting to pick up shipments of Canadian grain and metallurgical coal, both of which are important to our national economy. But there’s another group of ships contributing to the anchorage problem that generate almost nothing for the Canadian economy and what’s worse, serve to contradict Canada’s claims of …

Introducing the South Coast Ship Watch Alliance

It’s time to introduce the South Coast Ship Watch Alliance. For several years now, Environmentalists and residents of Cowichan Bay, Ladysmith, Saltair and the Southern Gulf islands have been sounding the alarm about bulk freighters anchoring in local waterways. In community after community, independent volunteer groups have been created in response to an increasing onslaught of commercial cargo ships spilling …