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Marine Safety

Port Information Guide

Practices and Procedures

Practices and Procedures at Port Metro Vancouver are pursuant to Section 56 of the Canada Marine Actand 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.

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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.

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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.

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

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