These practices and procedures are made pursuant to Section 56 of the Canada Marine Act. The Act provides that "a port authority shall take reasonable steps to bring notice of each practice and procedure proposed ... to the attention of persons likely to be affected by it at least thirty days before the proposed effective date of the measure, and a reasonable opportunity within those thirty days shall be given to ship owners, Masters, persons in charge of ships and other interested persons to make representations to the port authority with respect to it."
After the Port Authority considers any representations made by interested persons with respect to a proposed measure, it may adopt the measure. The Port Authority shall take reasonable steps to bring notice of each measure that it adopts, together with notice of the place at which a copy of the measure may be obtained, to the attention of persons likely to be affected by it.
In emergency situations, where the Port Authority is satisfied that an urgent situation exists, the requirement for advance notice of a change in practice or procedure is waived; however, the Port Authority shall take reasonable steps to bring notice of the measure to the attention of any person likely to be affected by it as soon as possible after it comes into force.
- apply to vessels within the port limits of Prince Rupert;
- apply to all persons responsible for the planning, operation, conduct and safe navigation of such vessels;
- do not relieve any Master or Person-in-Charge of a vessel from compliance with the Canada Shipping Act, Collision Regulations, or other specific regulations, requirements or standards in respect of vessels operating in Canadian ports;
- do not lessen in any way, the ultimate responsibility of the Master or Person-in-Charge of a vessel for the safe navigation and prudent maneuvering of such vessel.