The anchorages for freighters have been used for decades in a billion dollar industry, letter writer points out. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The anchorages for freighters have been used for decades in a billion dollar industry, letter writer points out. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Shipping trade the most economical and environmentally friendly mode

A lot of whining by self-serving people with waterfront property about freighters

This issue is both specious and irrelevant reminiscent of the adage “to complain about a problem without offering a solution is simply whining.”

The facts: Canada is an international trading nation with over 220 countries; 80 per cent of the world’s international trade is carried by ship in some 50,000 ships worldwide.

Vancouver is Canada’s main port. The value of this Canadian maritime trade is in excess of $200 billion per year. Ship born trade is the most economic and environmentally friendly mode of trade in this consumer obsessed world. There is no other viable economic option.

The ships in the Gulf Islands typically anchor in pre-designated anchorage positions which further minimizes any environmental issues, noting, of course, that ships have been anchoring in these waters for centuries.

It seems that this “perceived” problem is more about nimbyism by a small cohort of those fortunate enough to own waterfront property. It would be my hope that elected officials who listen to these complaints by their constituents, as is proper, should possess the character to speak the truth to these constituents. Otherwise, it is simply shallow political opportunism pandering to the snap of a finger by those concerned.

Simply put, to quote a well-used line from the 1992 Bill Clinton presidential election, “it’s the economy stupid.”

James Wright,

Ladysmith

Business and Industrial

 

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