BC shippers say more work needs to be done to reduce freighter ship impacts on Gulf Islands

Good to hear the Chamber of Shipping of BC highlighting the need to improve Port of Vancouver’s supply chain to reduce anchoring in the Southern Gulf Islands. Mr Lewis Manning touches on many of the ideas South Coast Community Groups are pushing for as well.

It’s unfortunate the interview didn’t address the very serious environmental impacts that large anchor chains dragging the ocean floor have on fish habitat, or the tonnes of carbon emission flowing into the local air shed from diesel generators that power the ships 24/7, or the fact that all these ships coming to anchor are making extra trips through the Critical Habitat of the Southern Resident Killer Whales, or the terrifying threat of a freighter running aground or colliding another vessel resulting in a fuel spill.

Still a step in the right direction. It’s time to get beyond talking as though this is just about bright lights and noise. We all know there is much more at stake.

Listen to the interview here.