WCMRC must show through certification exercises that it can adhere to response times specific to the areas detailed below.

 

Designated Port

The Port of Vancouver is impacted by traffic density and related ship convergence and must be capable of providing the necessary infrastructure to support the location of a certified Response Organization. The Port handles a minimum of 500,000 tonnes of oil annually. As such, this Port is defined as “All the Canadian waters of Boundary Bay; the waters bounded by a line drawn from a point on shore originating at the Canada-United States border on Point Roberts due west along the international border to a point 123º 19.3’W, then north to a point 49º 14’N, 123º 19.3’W, then to a point 49º 15.5’N, 123º 17’W; the waters of Burrard Inlet east of a line drawn between Point Atkinson Light and Point Grey.”

UNDER 150 TONS
Deployed On Scene Within 6 Hours
UNDER 1000 TONS
Deployed On Scene Within 12 Hours
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Primary Area of Response (PAR)

Because a majority of large spills (>1,000 tonnes) occur outside port boundaries where vessels converge, the Coast Guard identified Primary Areas of Response (PARs) as areas associated with Designated Ports that require a specific level of response capability and mobilization within designated times. The PAR for the Port of Vancouver is defined as “All of the Canadian waters between the northern boundary of a line drawn from the point 49º 46.5’N, 124º 20.5’W on the mainland, through Texada Island, to the point 49º 22.5’N, 124º 32.4’W on the shore of Vancouver Island and the southern boundary consisting a line running along the 48º 25’N parallel from Victoria, eastward, to the Canada-United States border.”

UNDER 2500 TONS
Deployed On Scene Within 18 Hours
OVER 2500 TONS
Deployed On Scene Within 72 Hours
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Enhanced Response Area (ERA)

Marine areas not covered under the above designation, but holding a higher risk of oil spills due to traffic convergence and volume of shipping were identified as Enhanced Response Areas (ERA). The Strait of Juan de Fuca ERA comprises “All the Canadian waters between the western boundary of a line drawn from Carmanah Point on Vancouver Island to Cape Flattery, Washington State, and the eastern boundary consisting of a line running along the 48º 25’N parallel from Victoria, eastward, to the Canada-United States border.”

UNDER 2500 TONS
Deployed On Scene Within 18 Hours
OVER 2500 TONS
Deployed On Scene Within 72 Hours
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