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.
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.
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.
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.
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.