Designated anchorage area buoys were installed in Deep Cove this past week by the District of North Vancouver.
The four buoys will allow boat owners visiting Deep Cove to register and pay an anchorage fee to moor for up to 72 hours. The booking and payment system is expected to be launched on July 1, 2022.
The designated anchorage area in Deep Cove allows District to designate specific mooring locations and limit the time boats can remain anchored in Deep Cove. Boats will be able to moor to one of the buoys for a maximum of 72 hours within a one-month period after paying a daily anchor fee.
The District’s proposal aims to address concerns over long-term boat anchorage in Deep Cove, which include:
Environmental impacts from spills and waste from the boats.
The potential for boats to break free from anchorage and either beach or damage other vessels and infrastructure, such as docks.
The costs associated with seizing and disposing of derelict and abandoned boats, which runs into tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the size of the boat.
Recreational impacts, and objections from waterfront residents about the aesthetics of boats in an unmanaged anchorage area.