PortsToronto Crews Removing “Keep Out” Buoys from Harbour

Toronto (February 10, 2022) – PortsToronto crews will be removing the red, green and white “keep out” buoys from Toronto’s Harbour between 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10 through to 5:00 a.m. Friday, February 11.
The buoys, placed in the Harbour each spring by PortsToronto to help ensure the safe navigation of boats and ships, will be immediately replaced by similar markers called “winter spars” to ensure the continued safety of ships, such as ice breakers, utilizing the Harbour. The buoys being removed are located to the east of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
The removal is done on a yearly basis and is necessary to perform regular maintenance, repairs and upkeep on the buoys. The buoys will be returned to the Harbour in spring.
While the buoy removal is taking place, passersby can expect to see a PortsToronto-marked tugboat, barge and crane needed to lift the six-tonne buoys in the Harbour. We do not anticipate any noise or disruption generated by the activity.