No one is suggesting that Enbridge's oil tankers, carting Alberta's petroleum resources to foreign ports of call, should be denied by a fellow province.... accept by Premier Christy Clark. No one is suggesting that these huge oil tankers will be making a U-Turn in Douglas and Principe Channels, nor is there a suggestion that they will be running these ships at open Pacific Ocean speed.
Many, actually all of the images that Enbridge has produced for public consumption, show our British Columbian waters as idyllic (extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque).
Enbridge promises that there will be two tugs assisting the tanker(s) from the Pacific Ocean to Kitimat empty, save for ballast..... and again from Kitimat to the open Pacific Ocean, fully loaded with sand laden with oil.
One tug, as depicted in the cartoon below is to the Port of the slow moving tanker. The second tug is Astern of the tanker and that tug is reversing the whole distance from the Pacific to Kitimat and back again.... under idyllic coastal water conditions. We know the Astern tug is in reverse because the sharp pointy end of a boat, the Bow is going in the opposite direction as the vessel that it's tied to. The blunt end is called the Stern and it's facing the Stern of the oil tanker. This method, that Enbridge has displayed in their artist rendering, this Cartoon, below, is a sure-fire way to send many a good seamen to their watery graves. The steel hulled Tug, NOT DOUBLE HULLED, will reach the bottom of either of the two channels, before you can utter.... Holy-cow. Plus if there is a rescue attempt made, it will be akin to the demise of the Atlantic Convoy stragglers. The "other" tug, in this case, couldn't leave their charge, the massive oil tanker, alone in treacherous waters!
Because of their huge mass, tankers have a large inertia, making them very difficult to steer. A loaded supertanker could take as much as 4 to 8 kilometers and 15 minutes to come to a full stop and has a turning diameter of about 2 kilometers.
|EVEN the tugs, will have Quieter Engines|
Here in Vancouver, Canada, ships entering our Harbour have
"The ship currently docked at Kitimat looking like a prizefighter with a broken nose is an ugly reminder of the threat posed by proposed pipelines and tanker traffic to the territory of the Gitga'at First Nation," said the statement issued by the band, which is based in Hartley Bay, on Douglas Channel.
12 knots = 13.8094 mph = 22.224 km/h