The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Navy and the Canadian Coast Guard have reportedly boarded the cargo ship MV Sun Sea this afternoon just off the coast of Port Alberni (on the north coast of Vancouver Island). The ship, allegedly operated by a Tamil terrorist group, is reportedly transporting 490 individuals who are claiming refugee status.
Transport Canada announced airspace restrictions today that will be in effect while the MV Sun Sea vessel travels in Canadian waters. The restrictions will be in effect during the vessel’s passage to Esquimalt, as well as while it is in the port at Esquimalt. Transport Canada will restrict air traffic immediately above Esquimalt Harbour up to 2,000 feet. It is expected that this restriction will be in effect for 72 hours. Pilots have been notified by NOTAM (Notice to Airmen). See copy of NOTAM below.