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Amendments to Port Information Guide formalize 15-knot speed reduction in the First Narrows and other safety best practices

February 8, 2019

Changes made to further promote safety within the Port of Vancouver

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has made amendments to the procedures outlined in its Port Information Guide to further promote safety best practices within the Port of Vancouver. One of the key changes includes formalizing the 15-knot speed reduction in the First Narrows, which was previously voluntary. Other changes include mandatory speed limit areas in the First Narrows Traffic Control Zone, Coal Harbour, Port Moody Inlet and areas in Indian Arm.

“As a port authority, we are responsible for ensuring the safety of the waterways within the Port of Vancouver,” said Stephen Brown, interim harbour master at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “These amendments to the Port Information Guide reflect the port authority’s mandate and commitment to ensure safety and to promoting awareness about safe and efficient navigation on the water for all vessel operators.”

Members of the public were invited to submit feedback during a comment period between December 18, 2018 and January 25, 2019. Following the public comment period, the port authority reviewed and considered all comments.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for maintaining the safe and efficient movement of marine traffic within the Port of Vancouver. In partnership with other agencies, the port authority regularly assists to keep shipping lanes clear of small vessel traffic.

The port authority encourages recreational boaters to learn more about how to be safe on the water by reading its safe boating guides.

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About Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. It is financially self-sufficient and accountable to the federal minister of transport and operates pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest, and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo, facilitating trade between Canada and more than 170 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the port authority and port terminals and tenants are responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. Enabling the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods, port activities sustain 115,300 jobs, $7 billion in wages, and $11.9 billion in GDP across Canada.

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