Notice of Amendment: Port Information Guide

December 18, 2018

Please be advised that the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has issued a notice of amendment, dated December 18, 2018, to inform members of the public, industry and other stakeholders of proposed updates to our Port Information Guide.

Our Port Information Guide outlines practices and procedures applicable to all ships operating within defined vessel operating areas in the port authority’s jurisdiction to support the safe and efficient movement of trade. From time-to-time the port authority makes amendments, in accordance with Section 56 of the Canada Marine Act.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority proposes to make the following amendments to the Port Information Guide to further promote safety within the Port of Vancouver:

  • The formalization of speed limit areas in the First Narrows Traffic Control Zone (TCZ-1), Coal Harbour, and areas in Indian Arm, and other practices and procedures, including making mandatory the current voluntary 15-knot speed reduction in the First Narrows.
  • Introducing new speed limit areas in Indian Arm and Port Moody.
  • Introducing new reporting requirements for vessels designed to carry 12 or more passengers within the Burrard Inlet Traffic Control Zones (TCZ-1 and TCZ-2).
  • Updated language regarding environmental protection, minimum safety clearances, and other language related to the operation of commercial vessels in the Port of Vancouver.

The amendments will be published in the Port Information Guide following a 30-day notification and comment period. All comments received will be taken into consideration before the proposed amendments are implemented.

December 2018 – Notice of Amendment: Port Information Guide [PDF]


All comments with respect to these amendments can be made in writing and directed to the attention of Marine Operations Specialist [email protected] by January 25, 2019.

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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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Danielle Jang
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