Voluntary Protection Zone for Shipping, Western Shore of Haida Gwaii - SSB No.: 13/2021 (amendment 2021-11-05)

RDIMS No .: 20118741
Date (Y-M-D): 2024-02-15

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This bulletin is to provide notice of a voluntary protection zone for vessels travelling along the western shore of Haida Gwaii.


This bulletin applies to owners and operators of vessels that are of 500 gross tonnage or more and travel in waters along the western shore of Haida Gwaii.

What you need to know

Subject to certain exemptions, commercial vessels that are 500 gross tonnage or greater are asked to travel outside of a zone that extends at least 50 nautical miles (nm) from the western shore of Haida Gwaii.


The coordinates of the protection zone are:

  • 54⁰ 15.436' N 133⁰ 04.788' W
  • 54⁰ 17.572' N 134⁰ 02.484' W
  • 54⁰ 13.614' N 134⁰ 19.427' W
  • 54⁰ 11.786' N 134⁰ 30.841' W
  • 53⁰ 44.036' N 134⁰ 32.677' W
  • 53⁰ 11.118' N 134⁰ 16.412' W
  • 52⁰ 18.483' N 133⁰ 20.917' W
  • 51⁰ 24.590' N 132⁰ 04.081' W
  • 51⁰ 56.158' N 131⁰ 01.830' W
Trial Voluntary Protection Zone for Shipping, West Coast Haida Gwaii


  • Cruise vessels: asked to observe a minimum 12 nm distance from shore;
  • Vessels transiting from Alaska to British Columbia or Washington State, or vice versa, through the Voluntary Protection Zone: asked to observe a distance of at least 25 nm from shore
  • Tugs and barges (including pushing and towing alongside) or vessels engaged in commercial fishing: no minimum distance is requested
  • Vessels to which this bulletin applies are not required to observe requested minimum distances if doing so may compromise navigational, vessel, passenger or cargo safety


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If you have questions or comments about this ship safety bulletin, please email us at: Marinesafety-securitemaritime@tc.gc.ca

More information on the Voluntary Protection Zone for Shipping on the West Coast of Haida Gwaii can be found on http://haidagwaii-vpz.ca/.


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