You’ve heard them…the myths stridently stated by environmental activists:
What these activists will not tell you is that there has been plenty of ship traffic in and out of Kitimat already—without a catastrophe they claim is inevitable.
According to numbers from the Port of Kitimat, not only have vessels carrying industrial products been travelling the channels safely for some 35 years, but so too have ships carrying petroleum products—like the one featured arriving in the Port of Kitimat through the Douglas Channel in the picture above.
In fact, some 1,560 vessels carrying methanol and condensate called on Kitimat port from 1982 to 2009 – that’s over 3,100 transits of vessels dedicated to the transport of petroleum products.
When you add vessel traffic of all industrial activity into Kitimat port, the number jumps to 6,112.
To be clear…the number of ships servicing industry arriving at Kitimat port between 1978 and 2009 is 6,112. That’s 12,224 transits!
When you add traffic related to proposed liquified natural gas projects out of the Kitimat region that number is certain to rise even higher.
Suddenly, Northern Gateway’s plan to introduce 220 ships into Kitimat annually is put into proper perspective.
With the kind of traffic already occurring, wouldn’t it make sense to introduce measures that would heighten safety for everyone?
Northern Gateway’s marine plans include navigational aids such as beacons, buoys and lights throughout the channel. There would also be an advanced radar system with Automatic Identification System. The plan includes tethered tugboat escorts that have emergency response capabilities.
Northern Gateway would add additional emergency response equipment that will exceed regulation and will be available to all marine traffic in the event of an incident.
If a spill were to take place, emergency response personnel and equipment will be located at the Kitimat marine terminal and along the vessel routes to ensure the fastest response time possible.
Northern Gateway’s claim that our plan would enhance safety for all vessel traffic was recently independently verified. The TERMPOL report, led by Transport Canada and including input from Environment Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Canadian Coast Guard and the Pacific Pilotage Authority Canada was filed with the National Energy Board regulators as part of the Joint Review Panel process.
Check out the video below to see our safety measures in action, and as always, give us your thoughts in the comments section: