Navigation and Safety

Practices and procedures at the Port of Vancouver are designed to promote marine safety within the local waters of the port and to protect the marine environment.

Port information guide
Security and emergency management

Marine safety

Collision regulations

The Collision Regulations apply to all vessels, with additional local rules established by the acting port authority for areas where mariners may encounter congestion or locally unique challenges. Local rules, procedures and restrictions, such as the Movement Restricted Area (MRA) procedures, are set out in the Port Information Guide.

Collision Regulations [PDF]

Bridges and passages

More than 30 bridges and crossings exist within port limits, providing road and rail transportation links throughout the Metro Vancouver area. Various navigational safety procedures are related to these bridges and crossings and are unique to each one. As an example, practices and procedures guiding the movement of ships within the Second Narrows Movement Restriction Area Procedures include tug escort, navigation aids, and an enhanced training program for tug captains and ship pilots. The measures were developed after years of testing and collaboration with marine industry and stakeholders.

Berth soundings

Berth Soundings: Critical depth and dimensions – Burrard Inlet and Roberts Bank [PDF]

Harbour master

Our harbour master is responsible for maintaining the fluidity of the supply chain while ensuring the overall safety, environmental protection and security of port operations. This includes oversight of all marine navigation, security and emergency response aspects within our jurisdiction. Efficiency and safety are the highest priorities and are managed through planning, tracking and collaborating with the marine community.

Harbour patrol officers

Harbour Patrol OfficersHarbour patrol officers board deep sea vessels for compliance checks and monitor all marine activities within our jurisdiction. They maintain communication with the operations centre and ensure that daily operations are being carried out safely.

For questions or clarification regarding port practices and procedures, please contact us.