Integrated Management Planning

Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador

Shipping Lanes and Water Depth (Bathymetry)

The main shipping lane in Placentia Bay is a deep water, two-way route that passes through the Eastern Channel between Long Island and the Avalon Peninsula. All vessels over 20 m entering the bay report to the Canadian Coast Guard's Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS). Traffic in Placentia Bay consists of tankers, ferries, container and bulk carriers, general cargo and fishing vessels. Major ports in the bay are Come By Chance, Whiffen Head, Argentia and Marystown.Footnote 16

Map: Shipping Lanes and Water Depth (Bathymetry)

The following table represents tanker traffic in and out of Placentia Bay for the years indicated.Footnote 3

Tanker Traffic in Placentia Bay
Year Number of Tankers
1992 346
1993 412
1994 185
1995 334
1996 387
1997 490
1998 453
1999 605
2000 718
2001 661
2002 1173
2003 1401
2004 1382
2005 1254
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