This chapter describes relevant inspections that one can expect in the Port of Prince Rupert.
15.2 INSPECTIONS FROM PORT STATE CONTROL
The Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Paris MOU on Port State Control both aim at eliminating substandard shipping by ensuring compliance with applicable international conventions. Canada was a driving force in the creation of the Tokyo MOU, which focuses specifically on the Asia-Pacific region, and has been a member since its inception in December 1993. Ship inspections are carried out by Marine Safety Inspectors (MSI) from the Marine Safety Branch of Transport Canada. An inspection database and list of detained ships are maintained by the headquarters group at Transport Canada.
More information on Port State Control can be found on Transport Canada’s Port State Control website.105
Marine Safety and Security (AMSEA)
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N5
Telephone: +1 (855) 859-3123 (Toll Free) or +1 (613) 991-3135 (local)
Teletypewriter / TDD: +1 (888) 675-6863
Facsimile: +1 (613) 993-8196
15.3 INSPECTIONS FROM OTHER PARTIES
INSPECTIONS FROM THE CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) uses a risk-based approach to verify that domestically produced and imported products meet Canadian standards and regulations. CFIA compliance and enforcement actions occur all along the supply chain and they involve numerous stakeholders and jurisdictions. Vessels arriving in Prince Rupert may be subject to inspection by CFIA. More information may be found on the CFIA website.106
ASIAN GYPSY MOTH
Any vessel entering the Port of Prince Rupert at any time of year must be free from all life stages of Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM), and the AGM risk period for Prince Rupert is March 1 to
September 15. The Master of a vessel arriving during the AGM risk period must provide to CFIA, via their Agent, a summary of ports called upon by the vessel for the past two years and a copy of a Phytosanitary Certificate or other recognized certificate (listed in Appendix 4 here107). The vessel will be able to enter the Port after written confirmation from CFIA, and the vessel remains subject to inspection during its stay in Prince Rupert. Vessels requiring AGM inspection will be assigned to Anchorage 9 or 10 initially. If upon inspection of the vessel, an infestation of AGM is found, the vessel will be ordered out of Canadian waters until all life stages of AGM have been removed and the risk of introducing AGM has been mitigated. Upon re-entering the Port, the vessel will be assigned Anchorage 20 or 21 for reinspection. More details on requirements, inspections, and non-compliance can be found here.108
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
B3-417 2nd Ave West
Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1G8
Telephone: +1 (250) 627-3033
INSPECTIONS FROM THE PRINCE RUPERT PORT AUTHORITY
During a ship’s stay in Prince Rupert, the ship may be visited by officials representing PRPA Marine Operations for inspections and checks on standards for cargo handling and regulations, such as the practices and procedures listed in this Port Information Guide. Furthermore, MARPOL inspections may be carried out on behalf of Port State Control. The ship’s management is responsible for ensuring that such an official has access to all relevant ship documents 24 hours a day. See Chapter 5 for a list of the required documentation that needs to be available.
SECURITY AND SEARCH
A person designated by the Minister of Transport as an Enforcement Officer pursuant to section 108 of the Canada Marine Act may board any vessel and conduct inspections of the vessel to determine whether the vessel complies with any of the provisions of these practices and procedures. The Enforcement Officer may direct any vessel to provide them with reasonable information concerning the condition of the vessel, its equipment, the nature and quantity of its fuel and the manner and locations in which the cargo and the fuel of the vessel are stored, and any other reasonable information that they consider appropriate for the administration of these practices and procedures. The Enforcement Officer may take any action or issue any orders on board a vessel with respect to that vessel that they consider necessary or reasonable in the circumstance to:
• Prevent the occurrence, commission or continuation of a violation or offence under law, or any other Act or regulation within the PRPA’s Authority, responsibility or jurisdiction; or
• Gather evidence, information, materials or samples of any substance or material that may be required by PRPA with respect to a violation or offence under any other Act or Regulation within the PRPA’s authority, responsibility or jurisdiction.
The Master of any vessel and every person on board the vessel shall give PRPA all reasonable assistance to enable the Enforcement Officer to carry out their duties and functions under this section. No person shall obstruct or hinder the Enforcement Officer while they are engaged in carrying these duties and functions, or knowingly make a false or misleading statement, either orally or in writing, to PRPA.