Thick fog has engulfed Metro Vancouver for much of the past nine days, and while it has given photographers an opportunity to capture beautiful vistas it has been accompanied by the constant drone of fog horns around the clock.
The blaring noise can be sourced to the cargo and tanker ships parked and passing through Burrard Inlet as an measure of maritime safety during restricted visibility. Ship captains are enabled by international maritime law to use their horns in such conditions.
You can get a good idea of how many ships are in the Lower Mainland’s waters when you consider that Vancouver is Canada’s busiest port and North America’s fourth largest. Its operations and activities are a major economic and job generator for the region.
Of course, safety always needs to come as the priority – the noise is an highly effective method for ships to warn other vessels of their position and actions.
However, the recent frequency of the loud horn blasts throughout the day, even late into the night and early-morning hours, has been a major cause for irritation with many Vancouverites taking to social media to complain.
In Vancouver, the blasts from Burrard Inlet can be clearly heard as far south as West 20th Avenue, but residents living closer to the water are most affected with the intruding horns going off as frequent as every few seconds.
The constant blasts are also bothering those living in the North Shore, UBC, Steveston, along the Fraser River and Delta.
For those who are aggravated and experiencing issues with sleeping through the noise pollution, there is good news: a reprieve is in sight. The necessity for the frequent warning blasts will likely dissipate, at least temporarily, with weather forecasts calling for the end of the temperature inversion and the return of rainfall beginning on Tuesday.
Reactions from Vancouverites on Twitter
THAT FOGHORN IS DRIVING ME INSANE
— de la soñadora (@delasonadora) January 26, 2014
That fog horn needs to stfu I want to sleep — Danielle Lavis (@danilavis) January 27, 2014
— Amanda (@amandakora) January 27, 2014
Pretty sure there’s actually a fog horn symphony going on in the harbour…. #foggyVancouver
— Shoshana Deutsh (@shoeberry) January 25, 2014
IT DOESN’T SEEM NEARLY FOGGY ENOUGH FOR THIS MUCH FOG HORN, VANCOUVER. — Cathlin (@cathlinargb) January 26, 2014
Am I the only one who hears what sounds like a #foghorn blasting every few seconds?
— Roshan Bagga (@roshanbagga) January 26, 2014
@em_ilyang Why do I hear the fog horn I’m like 3-4 km away
— Sharon Lam (@sharonnlamm) January 27, 2014
Like the fog, not the horn.
— Myles the Connector (@mylesconnect) January 27, 2014
— Simon Little (@MrSimonLittle) January 27, 2014
This goddamn fog horn needs to shut the fuck up — Dani (@DanikaCEnad) January 26, 2014
I AM GOING TO BLOW UP THE FUCKING FOG HORN I CANNOT DO THIS ANY LONGER
— chels. (@_chelseasmile_) January 26, 2014
SHUT UP FOG HORN I’M TRYING TO SLEEP
— Nathan Sing (@nathan_sing) January 27, 2014
Seriously, between the fucking foghorn and all this Macklemore, I’m about to have a rage stroke. — Sarah (@yowhatsthehaps) January 27, 2014
All day all I’ve heard was the fog horn. Shut up! I get it there’s fog — mads (@madimilford) January 24, 2014
— PPJ (@Kidstar_13) January 27, 2014
— Christine Duhaime (@cduhaime) January 27, 2014
A very powerful foghorn is being blown periodically *painfully close* to UBC, causing immense distraction. To be fair, it is foggy. — Chiara Mingarelli (@gravitate_to_me) January 24, 2014
The fog horn needs to shut up — Claire Purdon (@purdieclaire) January 26, 2014
The sound of the foghorn in Richmond is actually kind of annoying.
— Daniel Lam (@DannyLean) January 25, 2014
How do you know it’s foggy in Steveston? You have a foghorn wake you up every 5 min. During the night.
— Gabrielle Mundstock (@GabeMundstock) January 24, 2014
I’ve officially hit my fog horn tolerance limit. — Kathy Chung (@KathyKenzie_) January 26, 2014
this fog horn is not helping my insomnia
— bianca (@delaguitare) January 24, 2014
— Amy Woodroffe (@amywoodroffe) January 24, 2014
I want to unfollow the person who retweets you because you’re more annoying than a foghorn at 3am, but that would be rude. — Mads (@plugul0us) January 24, 2014
LISTEN UP, FOGHORN. IF I EVER FIND YOU, I WILL FUCKING END YOU.
— Sarah (@yowhatsthehaps) January 27, 2014
Okay, foghorn. That will do, thank you. #Vancouver
— Paul Nixey (@paulnixey) January 27, 2014
— Laura Buchanan (@lauralbuchanan) January 26, 2014
So. Much. FOG HORN!! Damn living this close to the Fraser. #fogfogcitybitch
— Starr (@_StarrSM) January 26, 2014
— Chad Pederson (@chadpederson) January 27, 2014
Featured Image: Max Rivest