Thanks for your question.
The potential effects of wakes from Project-related vessel traffic were studied by the world class professional and technical staff at Moffat and Nichol (2014, 2015). What they found:
- Wakes from Project vessels are comparable to naturally occurring waves within Howe Sound.
- Project-related vessel traffic volumes will be small relative to existing traffic levels and Project wakes will not appreciably increase the existing vessel wake environment.
- Wakes from Project vessels transiting to the Woodfibre LNG Project site are projected to be smaller than the wakes generated by the existing BC Ferries vessel traffic because Project vessels will transit at lower speeds and will travel as far from shore as practicable.
- Wakes from vessels transiting to the Woodfibre LNG Project site will be smaller than wakes generated by existing vessels transiting to Squamish Terminals, because Project vessels will transit at substantially lower speeds.
- It is not envisaged that wake waves would heighten exposure of the public, contribute to shoreline erosion, or have any appreciable effect on existing infrastructure within Howe Sound.
- No additional wake mitigation measures are necessary for Project-related vessel traffic beyond those considered within this study.
For more information, click here and here: https://www.woodfibrelng.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Marine-Transport-Information-Sheet.pdf