Prince Rupert Port Authority Unveils New Harbour Patrol Vessel


December 4, 2019

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) held a vessel blessing celebration today in honour of its newest harbour patrol vessel, the AMWAAL.

The vessel and the harbour safety team that crew her are a mainstay of PRPA’s commitment to marine safety. The new vessel features industry-leading equipment including navigation, communications, surveillance, marine fire fighting and high-speed jet-drive maneuverability, all of which will serve to greatly enhance PRPA’s marine safety capabilities. The vessel will also provide access to outer anchorages and local communities, and has a stable platform for PRPA’s in-house environmental monitoring programs and strengthened search and rescue support capability via onboard direction-finding equipment. The addition of the AMWAAL enhances the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s marine safety presence and allows staff to continue making a safe port even safer.

The AMWAAL was blessed by Sm’ooygit Gitxoon (Hereditary Chief Alex Campbell) and Sm’ooygit Niist’ooyx (Hereditary Chief Clarence Nelson) in the Ts’msyen tradition. The name AMWAAL is derived from the Sm’algyax word meaning ‘prosperity’. The name was chosen in consultation with Ts’msyen hereditary leaders and PRPA’s Board of Directors as a symbol of the shared, long-term community benefits that have resulted from port opportunities.

“We are proud to welcome the AMWAAL to our fleet, especially in a way that honours maritime tradition on the North Coast,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “Marine safety is a top priority of the Prince Rupert Port Authority and we are deeply committed to ensuring that vessels transiting our waters do so in a safe and sustainable manner. As the Port of Prince Rupert continues to grow, investments in marine safety enhancements such as the addition of the AMWAAL contribute to leading edge marine safety resources at the Prince Rupert gateway.”

“The Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chiefs’ Council is pleased that the Prince Rupert Port Authority is honouring our culture through not only a traditional Ts’msyen vessel blessing, but also by choosing to name the vessel AMWAAL. We share the value of protecting our waters with the Prince Rupert Port Authority and are impressed with the marine safety enhancements the vessel brings to the North Coast,” said Sm’ooygit Gitxoon (Hereditary Chief Alex Campbell) of the Lax Kw’alaams Hereditary Chiefs’ Council.

For more information on PRPA’s marine operations and industry-leading approach to safety, please visit here.

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