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A tugboat captain from Heriot Bay

Campbell River is a hub for Vancouver Island tugboat companies, but Reuben Buerge lives in Heriot Bay on Quadra Island. 

“When I first started, I was the deck hand. At that time we were towing log booms up and down the coast. I worked locally here on a really cool boat called the Utah  for a winter too. Then,  I had a job up in Prince Rupert and it was all rock barges, they were building breakwaters and stuff like that,” he explained. 

Now Buerge is a tugboat captain, working for a company in Vancouver. 

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Recreational Vessels need to register in advance for long term moorage

Recreational vessels are no longer permitted to moor at Cortes Island’s government docks for extended periods without prior approval from the Harbour Authority of Cortes Island (HACI).

“Just to clarify, it’s recreational vessels that are looking for a month, three months or six months long-term moorage,” said Harbour Manager Jenny Hartwick  

Boats can still ‘sneak in’ and use docks overnight, at places like Squirrel Cove, providing there is room for them.

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Lund based company training Harbour Masters in spill response

A Lund based company has begun working with The Harbour Authority Association of BC on Spill Response Training. Their first training course with the BC Harbour Authority will start in Tofino on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Successive training sessions will be on a case by case basis.

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Boat catches fire close to Refuge Cove

At 9:08 AM on the morning of February 9th, 2022, a Squirrel Cove resident phoned the Coast Guard about a fire just north of Refuge Cove, on West Redonda Island. What she thought might be a house engulfed by fire turned out to be a 34 foot wood and fiberglass boat close to the shore.

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The Cortes Island Evacuation Plan 

The Cortes Island Evacuation Plan is complete.

 “I am just begging every Cortes Islander to pick up and go through the plan before all this happens, so everybody is aware,” said Strathcona Regional District (SRD) Protective Services Coordinator Shaun Koopman. “Please don’t wait till the last minute to educate yourself about evacuations and emergency support services and how you’re going to be notified and whether or not you have insurance and all those important evacuation considerations.”

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