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Vessels in Holmes Harbor
The director also called me and responded with a bit more detail to questions.  
1.       All vessels are monitored and subject to thorough inspections by the Coast Guard, no matter where they are anchored.   Vessels in Holmes Bay would also be accepted in Seattle /Tacoma..
2.       All vessels perhaps waiting for dock access in Vancouver, Canada would only be allowed anchorage in Holmes Bay if they had visited a US port first – usually Seattle/Tacoma for us.
3.       Federal regulations prohibit any bilge or sewage dumping within territorial waters.
4.       The global pandemic has certainly affected some delay in arrival and docking space for container ships.  This is a step wise process, slow downs from one port, added to the next port, etc.  In general, ships are processed/ unloaded quickly and go back out to sea.
The US Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Center is located at Pier 36 in Seattle and monitors the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Rosario Strait, Admiralty Inlet, and Puget Sound south as far as Olympia. Since 1979, the U.S. Coast Guard has worked cooperatively with the Canadian Coast Guard in managing vessel traffic in adjacent waters. Through the Cooperative Vessel Traffic Service (CVTS), two Canadian Vessel Traffic Centers work hand in hand with Puget Sound Vessel Traffic Service. Prince Rupert MCTS (Marine Communications and Traffic Services) manages the area west of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. North of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, through Haro Strait, to Vancouver, B.C. is managed by VICTORIA MCTS. The three Vessel Traffic Centers communicate via a computer link and dedicated telephone lines to advise each other of vessels passing between their respective zones.
  For more information:  Contact "Seattle Traffic" Vessel Traffic Center : (206)217-6151   24 hours a day. 




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