Part 1: 1 - Introduction, Contact information and Regulations



Welcome to the Port of Prince Rupert, Canada’s leading-edge port, ideally situated on Canada’s pristine Northwest coast of British Columbia. The Port of Prince Rupert’s boundaries extend from Tuck Inlet, north of Prince Rupert, to the south of Kitson Island and westward past the Kinahan Islands and include Porpoise Harbour to the east.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA), is responsible to ensure that every vessel transiting our harbour and calling on our terminals does so in a safe, efficient and sustainable manner. The PRPA Marine Operations team is responsible for coordinating efficient marine operations in collaboration with our many local and government partner agencies and interacts with those PRPA staff who exercise oversight of port-related security and environmental initiatives regarding vessels and cargo. This is done by a staff of dedicated professionals, whether on the water in our purpose built harbour patrol vessels or from our Port Security Operations Centre (PSOC) operating 24/7, 365 days a year.

The Port of Prince Rupert is well known for its proximity to Asia and as a vital link between the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing economies. We’ve gained a reputation for the inherent safety found in our naturally deep and ice-free harbour, straightforward and open approaches to ocean shipping lanes, and our ability to accommodate a diversity of vessels that continue to grow every year. Building upon those natural advantages, the Port of Prince Rupert is constantly innovating new best practices and procedures to ensure we are exceeding the expectations of the marine industry and the communities in which we operate.


PRPA is committed to providing mariners with a safe, an environmentally sustainable, and efficient experience while at the Port of Prince Rupert. Trade and shipping traffic within the port continues to grow, and port activity has become increasingly diversified and complex. The Port of Prince Rupert handles a wide array of cargoes including: containers, coal, grain, propane, wood pellets, logs, specialty products, and project cargo.


PRPA measures several performance statistics on a monthly basis which are published here2. Examples of these statistics include import/export TEUs, tonnage of various cargoes, and number of embarking/disembarking passengers. PRPA and its marine partners continue to strive for zero marine incidents while continuing to grow cargo throughput, ship calls, and vessel movements.