Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest port and the fourth largest tonnage port in North America, stretching over more than 600 kilometres of shoreline. The navigational safety of ships and cargo is a top priority for Port Metro Vancouver.
Collision Regulations apply to all vessels, with additional local rules set by the Harbour Master for areas or where mariners may encounter congestion or higher risk. Local rules, procedures and restrictions are set out in the Harbour Operations Manual.
Harbour Master and Harbour Patrol
The Harbour Master is responsible for ensuring the safety of navigation within Port Metro Vancouver. Specific procedures and rules have been put in place to address risk and facilitate marine movements. Through planning, tracking and working closely with the marine community, efficiency and safety are the highest priorities. Harbour Patrol Crews board vessels and monitor all marine activities 24/7.
Bridges and Passages
More than 30 bridges and crossings occur within port limits, providing road and rail transportation links throughout the Metro Vancouver area. Various safety of navigation procedures are related to these bridges and crossings. For more information, please refer to the Harbour Operations Manual.