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Centre
for Marine Affairs 

Southern Gulf Islands
British Columbia

New Perspectives

A new Report on Anchorage and Ship Congestion was completed in October 2020.

Analysis covered data from 2008-2019 and included computer simulations and literature review.

Growth in anchorage demand is much higher than the growth in export volume at port. Expansion of anchorage use is exponential and not sustainable.

Ships at anchor are a much larger problem than affecting some sensitive areas such as the Gulf Islands. Idling ship engines produce thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gases. Additional marine traffic to remote anchorages has consequences on endangered orcas and increases the risk of fuel or oil spills.

The report shows that arrival of vessels is not reduced when loading capacities at port are limited. This inefficiency causes excessive vessel lineups. Alternatives exist. Management scenarios that have been applied elsewhere could make the need for overflow anchoring in sensitive areas unnecessary.

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Purpose of the Centre: 

Integrate the approach of 'Preserve and Protect' into the management of marine and coastal environments of the Southern Gulf Islands and the Salish Sea. 

Bring problems and solutions into sharper focus for evidence-based and constructive solutions with positive outcomes. 

Serve communities and raise public awareness.

Facilitate solutions and support decision-makers at all levels of government, First Nations, businesses, organizations, community groups, and other stakeholders.

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The Centre is a new and emerging organization.
Please visit us soon again for more information and the release of new reports.

Marine Affairs:  
Interdisciplinary Approach to the

Management of Oceans and Coastlines,
Including the Coordination between Multiple Jurisdictions.