Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods are substances to which regulations made under the Canada Shipping Act or under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act apply.

Transport Canada is the organization responsible for the coordination of work while promoting public safety as related to the transportation of dangerous goods.

Transport Canada
Canada Shipping Act
Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act

Requirements and systems specific to the Port of Vancouver

Advance notification requirements

The harbour master requires pre-notification of the movement of dangerous goods into the port. A minimum of 24 hours advance notification is required for all dangerous cargoes entering the port.

Containerized dangerous goods

Applications for containerized dangerous goods authorization are submitted and processed online through the Pacific Gateway Portal. Notification and authorization also apply to cargo in transit (retained on-board).

Pacific Gateway Portal

Limitations on on-dock storage time and cargo quantity

Limitations of time and quantity apply to respective cargoes. Quantity limitations for International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Class 1 vary by terminal. On-dock storage of such shipments is not permitted – immediate loading onto vessel or removal by inland carrier only. Class 1 net explosive quantity limits for terminals within the Port of Vancouver jurisdiction.

Class 1 net explosive quantity limits for terminals [PDF]

Dangerous and hazardous cargoes in bulk

We require all tanker ships to give pre-arrival notification to the harbour master’s office. Such notification can be made online through the Pacific Gateway Portal. Transport Canada limits ammonium nitrate shipments to 10,000 metric tonnes for all marine facilities.

Pacific Gateway Portal
Transport Canada

Learn more about security and emergency management at the Port of Vancouver.