Topics of Interest

The following are topics we are frequently asked about. If you can’t find the information you need here, please let us know by filling out our feedback form.

Topic of interest


Addressing climate change The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is taking proactive action to reduce contributions to climate change, and closely monitoring the port jurisdiction for any current impacts. Learn more.
Bunkering and how refueling ships is managed safely Cargo vessels bunker at the Port of Vancouver every day; our bunkering procedures follow world-wide standards and are under constant assessment and review. Learn more.
Canada Port Authority governance and oversight The federal Canada Marine Act and other legislation and regulations set out how Canada Port Authorities are governed. There are various checks and balances in place to ensure port authorities always operate in the public interest. Learn more.
Coal and climate change Canadian port authorities do not have the legal authority to decide what goods Canada trades. However, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has a robust assessment process to ensure environmental protection. Learn more.
Container trucking Fundamental improvements were made to the container trucking sector that are being noticed world-wide by other port authorities struggling with similar challenges. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority looks forward to continuing to contribute to improvements that improve the flow of goods through our communities and benefit those who move those goods for us. Learn more.
Crime on the waterfront Though the port authority is not responsible for policing port lands, we do control access to the port and work closely with local police forces, the RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency to ensure safety and security.
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Derelict vessels The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has invested significant resources to prevent and mitigate risks associated with derelict vessels. Learn more.
Dredging Dredging is one of the ways the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, supports Canada’s trade objectives and keeps our waterways safe. Learn more.
Emergencies and spill response The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is not the lead agency when it comes to emergencies, but we work with first responders and other agencies and provide assistance as we can. Learn more.
The Future of the Fraser The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has no plans to further deepen the Fraser River to accommodate larger vessels as it, together with existing marine terminal properties and port industrial lands, can sufficiently handle Canada’s trade for the foreseeable future. Learn more.
Port of Vancouver anchorages and Transport Canada’s interim protocol for the use of Southern B.C.’s anchorages The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority manages 28 deep-sea anchorages within the Port of Vancouver, located in English Bay, the Inner Harbour and Indian Arm. We have taken many steps to improve efficiency and fluidity in the Vancouver gateway, to ensure the Port of Vancouver has the necessary capacity to handle Canada’s growing trade. Learn more.
Protecting the environment is our mandate Vancouver Fraser Port Authority project reviews include both a planning review and an environmental assessment procedure. Our environmental programs manage the impact on land, air and water of port activities. Learn more.
George Massey Tunnel replacement The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority supports a George Massey Tunnel replacement project to ease traffic congestion through the corridor and to support Canada’s trade objectives. Learn more.
Industrial and agricultural land and land use planning The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is actively advocating for protection of industrial land to support growing demand for trade and immigration in the near future. Learn more.
Managing port noise To fulfill our mandate, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is managing port noise in an effective, reasonable and consistent manner. Learn more.
Petroleum products and tanker safety For about 60 years, tankers have travelled through the Burrard Inlet without incident. In that time, safety standards have continued to become more stringent. Learn more.
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project has generated local interest and inquiries to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. The review of the project is being led by the National Energy Board, a federal regulatory agency. Learn more.
Project applications and permit approvals The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s consideration of project permit applications include technical and environmental reviews and any required municipal, stakeholder and community engagement and Aboriginal consultation. We encourage community members to participate in the engagement processes initiated through the review of proposed projects. Learn more.
Reducing emissions with shore power As Canada’s largest and busiest port, we must balance the growth in trade with the need to protect our environment and respect the quality of life of our neighbours. Shore power is an emission-reduction initiative and just one of the ways we are improving air quality and protecting human health. Learn more.
Safety and security of marine traffic The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority as a federal port authority, is responsible for facilitating Canada’s growing trade while protecting the environment, a responsibility that spans a vast array of activities and regulations regarding commercial and recreational marine activities. Our 24/7 Operations Centre monitors and tracks marine objects within our navigational jurisdiction to prevent and mitigate environmental risks and eliminate hazards to navigational safety. Learn more.
Sharing the water with trade vessels The Port of Vancouver handles the most diversified range of cargo of any port in North America so there is a range of different ships you may see in our waters at any given time. Learn more about trade activity in the harbour. Learn more.
Shipping and marine mammals The health and safety of wildlife populations in local waters is essential to a fully-functioning marine environment. The number of vessels destined for Vancouver’s port is growing due to increased transportation, trade and recreational demands, placing pressure on the environment. Vessel activity could present significant challenges for the future recovery of marine mammals. Learn more about our collaborative approach to improving conditions for whales. Learn more.
Sustainability Our Sustainable Gateway Definition outlines that we need to balance commercial, environmental, and public interests. Learn more.
Vessel numbers, now and into the future Canada is one of the world’s great trading nations, and we count on trade for our quality of life. Given that global trade is growing, what does that mean for the Port of Vancouver and our surrounding seas and coastlines? How much traffic will that bring and what will be the impact? Learn more.