Amendments to Port Information Guide formalize safety best practices in Fraser River
Changes highlight existing safety and traffic control best practices; community feedback considered
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has made amendments to the procedures outlined in its Port Information Guide to introduce the term Traffic Control Zone (TCZ) to replace Movement Restriction Area (MRA) and formalize existing best practices for traffic control and safety in the Fraser River.
“As a port authority, we are responsible for ensuring the safety of the waterways in port jurisdiction. These amendments more clearly articulate existing best practices and procedures to help keep recreational and commercial vessels alike safe on the water,” said Egge Kloosterboer, manager of marine operations and deputy harbour master at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “The changes are intended to highlight critical safety information on where the deep-sea transit route is and the potential hazards and risks of collision that are unique to river waters and narrow channels.”
Members of the public were invited to submit feedback during a 30-day comment period between February 13 and March 14, 2018. Following the public comment period, the port authority reviewed and considered all comments. As a result of public feedback, the originally proposed amendments were changed to add clarity around the boundaries of the Fraser River Traffic Control Zone (known as TCZ-4) and how these boundaries impact recreational boaters on the Fraser River.
The final amendments reflect the port authority’s mandate to ensure safety and its commitment to promoting awareness about safe and efficient navigation on the water for all vessel operators.
The port authority encourages recreational boaters to learn more about how to be safe on the water by reading its safe boating guides.
For more information, visit: www.portvancouver.com
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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