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Marine Safety

What’s New

ISGOTT’s Ship/Shore Safety Check-List integrated into Harbour Ops Manual

 Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) has developed a set of best practices for bulk liquid cargo handling within the Port, primarily focused upon the management of the ship/shore interface. These requirements are designed to be used as complementary to existing safety controls and regulations that govern shipping safety, which are outlined in the Harbour Operations Manual. These best practices aim to promote:

  • safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil tankers and terminals;
  • continuous improvement in standards of operation; and
  • continuous improvement of standards at marine terminals.

By requirng both tankers and terminals to follow these procedures, PMV directly:

  • enables the standardization of procedures and provides ease of providing essential data to responsible parties;
  • promotes active safety management at the ship/shore interface, using proven methodologies;
  • reduces the potential of incidents within our navigational jurisdiction; and
  • improves operational efficiency through increasing the interoperability between ship and shore.


Effective January 19, 2014, PMV  implemented the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminal’s (ISGOTT) Ship/Shore Safety Check-List for all bulk liquid terminals (including vegetable oil marine terminals) and vessels calling on theses terminals within PMV’s navigational jurisdiction. The checklist and the accompanying procedures will form part of the Harbour Operations Manual.

Representatives from the ship (Responsible Officer) and terminal (Terminal Representative) must complete the Ship/Shore Safety Check-List prior to the start of liquid bulk transfer operations beginning immediately, the purpose of which intends to:

  • establish and follow written standard operating practices for routine and non-routine activities;
  • provide for adequate supervision during cargo transfer operations; and
  • provide continuous supervision of the marine transfer operation.

For additional information, please contact PMV Operations 

Practices and Procedures

Practices and Procedures at Port Metro Vancouver are pursuant to Section 56 of the Canada Marine Act and are designed to promote safe and efficient navigation within the local waters of Port Metro Vancouver and to protect the marine environment.

The Practices and Procedures are intended to govern a dynamic and marine operations environment and are updated regularly to reflect international best practices. An emergency amendment may be made to these practices and procedures without notice. However, under normal circumstances, notice will be given as far in advance as practical but will be no less than thirty (30) days.

Development Process

Port Metro Vancouver’s Practices and Procedures are developed through a careful five-step process of risk assessment and evaluation:

  • Identification of hazard(s), involving an analysis of risks faced in terms of hazards
  • Risk analysis, understanding the nature of things that can go wrong and potential consequences
  • Risk control options, involves understanding how to avoid a hazard or reduce its risk
  • Assessment of the feasibility of risk control options
  • Recommendations for the most suitable way to reduce risks and potential consequences.

The scope and impact of this analysis will vary depending on the nature of the development.

Learn more

  • Harbour Operations Manual

    This is a collection of Practices and Procedures that cover a wide range of port operations safety matters. To access the full text, click: Harbour Operations Manual: Practices and Procedures for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. 
  • Second Narrows Movement Restricted Area

    This document contains Practices and Procedures that guide movement of ships within the Second Narrows Movement Restricted Area. To access the full text, click: Second Narrows MRA Procedures.
  • Ship Anchoring

    Port Metro Vancouver manages anchoring of ships in the waters within its jurisdiction and maintains the safe operating procedures for ships utilizing these anchorages. Anchorages are important resources for an international port and anchorage capacity is critical in supporting supply chain efficiency. This document contains Practices and Procedures for ships anchored within the Port's navigational jurisdiction. To access the full text, click: Anchorage Procedures.
  • Bunkering Operations

    This document contains practices and procedures controlling ship bunkering operations within Port Metro Vancouver's jurisdiction. Bunkering is a critical support service that ships calling the Port need to be able to operate efficiently and without delays. To access the full text, click: Bunkering Procedures. To access the bunkering safety checklist and guidelines, click: Bunkering Safety Checklist and Guidelines.

For questions or clarification regarding Port Practices & Procedures contact the Harbour Master by email.

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