Dangerous goods are substances to which regulations made under the Canada Shipping Act or under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act apply.
Transport Canada is the organization responsible for the coordination of work while promoting public safety as related to the transportation of dangerous goods.
Requirements and systems specific to Port Metro Vancouver:
Advance Notification Requirements
The Harbour Master requires pre-notification of the movement of dangerous goods into the Port. A minimum of 24 hours advance notification is required for all dangerous cargoes entering Port Metro Vancouver.
Containerized Dangerous Goods
Applications for containerized dangerous goods authorization are submitted and processed online through the Pacific Gateway Portal. Notification and authorization also apply to cargo in transit (retained on-board).
Time and Quantity Limitations
Limitations of time and quantity apply to containerized explosive and radioactive cargoes, respectively IMDG Class 1 and Class 7. Quantity limitations for IMDG Class 1 vary by terminal. On-dock storage of such shipments is not permitted - immediate loading onto vessel or removal by inland carrier only.
Dangerous and Hazardous Cargoes in Bulk
Port Metro Vancouver requires all tanker ships to give pre-arrival notification to the Harbour Master’s Office. Such notification can be made online through the Pacific Gateway Portal. Transport Canada limits Ammonium Nitrate shipments to 10,000 metric tonnes for all marine facilities.
For more information, please contact the Harbour Master's Office.