Joint agency emergency response exercise at Canada Place cruise terminal Friday, April 6
Vancouver, B.C.: An exercise to test local emergency response and security will be conducted on Friday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. until noon in and around the Canada Place cruise terminal. Members of the public may see flashing lights, heightened activity, and a variety of vessels on the water around Canada Place as part of the exercise.
Participating agencies include Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, CERES Corp, the Canadian Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, Tymac and other agencies. In total, about 160 people will be involved.
This exercise is conducted annually, and is required at least every 18 months by Transport Canada. The test creates an opportunity for agencies to collaborate, practice and improve on our collective ability to provide security, emergency response, and search and rescue operations. It is one of several conducted by Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to rehearse response to security, marine and natural disaster incidents, including one in collaboration with the inter-agency Marine Emergency Response Coordination Committee (MERCC).
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 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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