Mandatory Traffic Separations Schemes in Canadian waters

Mariners are reminded that the Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) of Georgia Strait from English Bay to East Point that are in Canadian waters, as well as the lanes from Race Rocks to buoy XVH, are mandatory.

We have received the following notice from CCG Marine Communications & Traffic Services (MCTS). With regard to the Traffic Separation Schemes (TSS) of Georgia Strait from English Bay to East Point that are in Canadian waters, as well as the lanes from Race Rocks to buoy XVH, mariners are reminded that these are mandatory under the Collision Regulations, Rule 10, Traffic Separation Schemes – Canadian Modifications, para. (m.1). Subject to paragraphs (o) and (p), paragraphs (a) to (l) apply to any routeing system described in Notices to Mariners or Notices to Shipping.

Mariners are further reminded that not utilizing the TSS can lead to vessels transiting in areas where they are not expected to be. Order and predictability are enhanced when VTS (Vessel Traffic Services) participants follow the TSS.

All instances of deep draft vessels refusing to use the appropriate TSS will be reported using the VTS Contravention form (EMOR).

INTERTANKO suggests that this be broadcast to your vessels transiting in these waters.

Contact: Howard Snaith, email: howard.snaith@intertanko.com