Managing safe terminal expansion and marine traffic
Often a simulation program will be required for a new terminal to give basic proof of concept. These simulations will include prevailing wind, currents, ship size and type and assessment of tug requirements. If required, the results of the simulation may be reinforced with live ship trials.
Once trials are completed, BC Coast Pilots will report to the project proponent on our findings, which are forwarded to the appropriate regulator to give insight from a piloting perspective. We may also submit requests or make recommendations for new or enhanced navigation aids that could improve the overall safety of ship movement.
In recent years the BC Coast Pilots have played an important role in the development of new terminals, both for containers and cruise ships.
For example, BCCP was actively involved in the successful startup of the Fairview container terminal in Prince Rupert and the expansion of the Deltaport terminal just outside Vancouver. We were also consulted on the development of cruise ship terminals in Victoria, Campbell River and Nanaimo.
For the Fairview terminal, BCCP developed a tug escort protocol to ensure the safe passage of larger ships entering and leaving the port. All BCCP pilots participated in the training for the new process. At Deltaport, simulation trials were used to establish operational weather limits and tug requirements for the larger container ships that would be using the expanded terminal.
For the Cruise ship terminals, the effects of winds and currents were studied to establish safe operating parameters at these berths for various sizes of ships using the facilities.
BC Coast Pilots have very successfully managed interaction with other marine traffic while transiting BC Coastal waters.
With information supplied by Marine Communications and Traffic Services, which will be enhanced with improved radar coverage, as well as shipboard transponders, marine pilots have access to timely information to plan marine traffic management.
BC Coast Pilots will coordinate with other marine traffic in the area to make passing or overtaking arrangements in the safest possible manner. This will include timing their arrivals at confined areas on the coast to avoid meeting other traffic in hazardous situations. Pilots will communicate with fishing vessels, ferries, tugboats, government ships and pleasure craft to ensure all parties are aware of their intentions.