I was lucky enough to get to sit down with Ken Robinson, a B.C. coast pilot for the last 24 years. I enjoyed our conversation immensely and could have asked him questions for hours. He told me about what it is that the pilots do, how the Burrard Inlet commercial operations work, and what industrial life on the inlet is like.
Essentially, the B.C. Coast pilots command any large commercial vessels around 185 meters or longer of a certain weight. This includes freighters, bulk carriers, oil, chemical, and liquid tankers, cruise ships, and so on. They work with the Port of Vancouver to make sure commercial vessels pass through the harbour with the safety of people and the environment in the forefront.
Coming soon is my tour of the Navigational Buoys in English bay that the pilots would use to help guide large vessels in but in the meantime check out Vancouver Port's safe boating guide that clearly shows the designated travel lanes and anchorage spots for all the vessels that use the Inlet.
Please enjoy my conversation with Ken!