Security at the Port of Vancouver is achieved through a variety of partnerships.
- Ensures International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) compliance in Canada
- Monitors entry of foreign vessels to Canada’s waters
- Consults on and approves port facilities security assessments
- Ensures terminals and the port authority comply with the national Marine Transportation Security Act and related regulations
Canada Border Services Agency
The Canada Border Services Agency ensures the security and prosperity of Canada by managing the access of people and goods to and from Canada including:
- Cargo screening using the latest technology to prevent contraband and dangerous goods from entering Canada by marine trade and other modes of transportation.
- Radiation detection to improve the detection and subsequent seizure of contraband and dangerous goods passing through Canada’s ports. Radiation portals are installed at every container terminal and allow non-intrusive inspection of containers to promote increased international security without interruption to terminal operations. The Canada Border Services Agency’s objective is to screen 100 per cent of all container traffic, before it leaves the terminal.
- Border protection and immigration, which is a joint responsibility of:
- Canada Border Services Agency
- Canadian Coast Guard
- Marine Security Operations Centre (an arm of the Department of National Defence), which provides intelligence and oversight for Transport Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, the Department of National Defence, Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
- Cruise ship passenger screening, including terminal access control, 24/7 camera surveillance and monitoring, and 100 per cent baggage screening.
Partners in Protection
Partners in Protection is a cooperative program between private industry and the Canada Border Security Agency designed to streamline and make border processes more efficient for low-risk, pre-approved businesses recognized as trusted traders.
United States Customs and Border Protection
The Port of Vancouver provides a secure point of entry for North American-destined cargo. U.S. customs inspectors are stationed at the Port of Vancouver to pre-screen containerized cargo destined for the U.S.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority works with all local land-based police agencies within our jurisdiction, including Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railway forces and waterside units with the Vancouver Police Department and New Westminster Police Department.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have established National Port Enforcement Teams which are integrated, intelligence-led teams that investigate federal statute offences at Canadian seaports while maintaining the free flow of goods, persons and services. In Vancouver, this unit is the Waterfront Joint Forces Operation.
Association of Canadian Port Authorities
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority actively leads and participates on various local, regional and national committees that focus on port-related security through the Association of Canadian Port Authorities.
Marine Emergency Response Coordination Committee
The Marine Emergency Response Coordination Committee provides a venue for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canadian Coast Guard and other interested organizations to maintain an open dialogue on the coordination of marine assets on the waterways in and around the Metro Vancouver area during emergency or security response and recovery activities.
|Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (Co-Chair)||Nanaimo Port Authority|
|Canadian Coast Guard (Co-Chair)||New Westminster Police Department (Marine)|
|BC Emergency Health Services||North Shore Emergency Management Office|
|BC Ferries||Pacific Pilotage Authority|
|Canadian Lifeboat Institute||Public Safety Canada|
|City of Burnaby Emergency Management||Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue|
|City of Delta Fire||Royal Canadian Mounted Police|
|City of Richmond Emergency Management||Richmond Fire-Rescue|
|City of Vancouver Emergency Management||Richmond RCMP|
|Coast Mountain Bus Company (Seabus)||Seaspan Ferries Corporation|
|Fisheries & Oceans Canada||Seaspan Marine|
|E-Comm 9-1-1||Simon Fraser University|
|Emergency Management BC||SMIT Marine Canada|
|Harbour Air||Surrey Fire Service|
|Integrated Partnership for Regional Emergency Management||Transport Canada|
|Jericho Rescue Centre||Tymac Launch Service|
|Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre||Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services|
|Joint Task Force Pacific (Department of National Defense)||Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre|
|Metro Vancouver||Vancouver Police Department – Marine|
|Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations||Western Canada Marine Response Corporation|