Oil tanker movement
Port Metro Vancouver has served as Canada’s Pacific Gateway for bulk oil for more than 50 years. We have never had a navigational issue with an oil tanker.
All oil tankers calling in Port Metro Vancouver are doubled-hulled and subject to strict international, national and port authority standards:
- Crew training requirements for vessels transporting petroleum products and chemicals are far more stringent than those of other vessels.
- Oil terminals thoroughly inspect every ship against strict international standards before permitting them to call at their facilities.
- Transport Canada participates in the Port State Control program under which ships are inspected and any inspection reports are shared internationally. Severe deficiencies result in forcing immediate corrective action. Minor deficiencies are logged and timelines for repairs are given.
- National regulations require all ships to have an approved oil response contractor, such as Burrard Clean, available to assist them.
- Port Metro Vancouver’s harbour regulations include special requirements for oil tankers that outline what they can and cannot do, and requirements for tug escorts. Aframax class tankers of roughly 110 deadweight tonnes are the largest tankers to call in Vancouver. Port Metro Vancouver is working with stakeholders to enable Aframax tankers to improve their capacity utilization per vessel.
Tanker Navigation FAQ
Fraser River Tanker Study
Port Metro Vancouver commissioned the Fraser River Tanker Traffic Study in order to understand the operational impacts of liquid bulk cargo on the south arm of the Fraser River.
We are sharing the results of the study to ensure that stakeholders and the wider community are aware of the findings and how they may contribute to our project evaluation process.
How will the study be used?
Although there are no easy answers to the challenges of balancing the interests of trade with other considerations, Port Metro Vancouver has commissioned this study so we can be more aware of what is involved.
The findings of the study will feed into the environmental assessment and project permit review processes. They will help us understand the types of mitigation that can be put in place to ensure navigational safety.
We hope that by sharing the results of the study, we contribute to a better understanding of the operational risks and impacts of potential increases to liquid cargo on the river.