Port authority selects Ocean B.C. Towing Inc. for Roberts Bank docking tugs services and tug basin lease

April 14, 2022

To deliver on the port authority’s mandate to facilitate Canada’s trade objectives through the Port of Vancouver, and to supports its business goals, the port authority regularly consults with port users and stakeholders that use its facilities to ensure that the highest service standards are delivered by port service providers, and that port users receive the best value through competitive and transparent pricing.

Tug Services at Roberts Bank

In September, 2021, the port authority issued a request for proposals (RFP) for qualified tug operators to support and provide tug services for vessels calling at Roberts Bank. The RFP provided that the successful operator would be entitled to a 10-year lease for tug moorage at the Roberts Bank Tug Basin to conduct its operations.

There are currently two terminal facilities that operate from Roberts Bank: GCT Deltaport and Westshore Terminals.

Qualified operators who submitted a proposal to the RFP were evaluated based on a variety of criteria that aligned with the port authority’s mandate, including but not limited to: company background and operational experience; service levels and proposed pricing; safety and quality standards; environmental and sustainability; and marine operations and capabilities.

In February, 2022, the port authority concluded its evaluation of proposals submitted in response to the RFP. After review and consideration of all proposals received, the port authority selected Ocean B.C. Towing Inc. as the successful proponent. Ocean B.C. Towing Inc. will commence operating from the Roberts Bank Tug Basin on July 19, 2022.

The port authority’s vision is for the Port of Vancouver to be the world’s most sustainable port. To achieve this vision, the port authority is committed to working with service providers, terminal operators and vessel owners that promote the use of environmentally-focused solutions when using facilities at the port.