Canada's major west coast port and boaters' paradise will soon be again under the protection of the Canadian Coast Guard.
The federal government has announced that CCG Kitsilano will re-open as soon as possible.
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson called today's announcement great news.
"There was massive local outcry about the closure, given that we saw this base responding to over 300 calls each year," he said.
"It was a mistake that it was closed at all," said B.C. Premier Christy Clark. "So many people use this harbour, not just commercial shipping, so many citizens."
Robertson said the Kitsilano closure "made things worse" this past summer when close to 3,000 litres of bunker fuel leaked from the MV Marathassa into English Bay, soiling local beaches and sparking a two-week cleanup.
The oil spill happened a kilometre away from the closed Kitsilano station. Coast guard response from the nearest open base in Richmond was criticized as slow.
The station was closed in 2013 by the boneheaded diktat of Stephen Harper.