The Prince Rupert Port Authority's new sector light dots the landscape of the harbour.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority's new sector light dots the landscape of the harbour.

Kaien Island Sector Light signals new PRPA navigation technology

A new sector light has been installed off the shore of Kaien Island to help navigate ships safely and efficiently in Prince Rupert

The Port of Prince Rupert were expected to announce on Tuesday the completion of critical milestones in the implementation of marine safety enhancement.

In collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), as well as input from the Pacific Pilotage Authority (PPA) and BC Coast Pilots (BCCP), the Port has successfully established another aid to navigation with advanced technology capabilities at the mouth of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Channel.

Prince Rupert’s shore-based radar project also progressed toward completion with the arrival of several tonnes of technical equipment late last week.

The Kaien Island Sector Light is the second such enhancement to navigational safety funded by the Port and provides mariners with a visual aid to identify the centre of the safe deep water navigation channel for ships arriving and departing the inner harbour. Like the radar system, the $500,000 navigation aid will be maintained by CCG and contribute to improved navigation safety of the Port of Prince Rupert’s nearly 500 annual commercial vessel calls.