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Today’s announcement by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority might represent more muscle-flexing. They claim that they are “issuing amendments to the Port Information Guide” but I am suspicious that changing the Fraser R to a Traffic Control Zone (TCZ) from a “Movement Restriction Area” (MRA) effectively bans paddlecraft from the South (Main) Arm of the Fraser R between Sandheads and New Westminster.
The operative phrases seem to be:“The Fraser River South Arm Traffic Control Zone (TCZ-4) comprises an area extending for a maximum of 61m either side of the charted deep-sea navigation channel or the shoreline, whichever is least”
“All vessels navigating within TCZ-4 shall monitor VHF Channel 74”
“All Tier 2 vessels including fishing vessels, pleasure craft and sailing vessels, when transiting TCZ-4 must be under adequate mechanical power.”
“Tier 2 vessel – Means all other vessel traffic operating in the TCZ-4 boundaries including fishing vessels, pleasure craft and sailing vessels.”
I believe these restrictions are similar to the TCZ restrictions at First Narrows and Second Narrows. Unlike at those two locations, I was not aware of any previous ban on hand or wind-powered vessels on the Fraser R. I have paddled in this area and do not consider that I have been a danger to myself or to shipping. So, if this is new, I don’t support it and will try to stop it.
Please let me know if you are aware of any existing paddling ban on this part of the River. The 61 m width of each margin of TCZ beyond the deep, dredged channel covers all of the river, except near at some locations such as by Ladner and Deas I, where the river is wider.
This refers Port Information Guide
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