Masters of ocean-going vessels arriving at, staying in, or departing from the Port of Prince Rupert are obliged to make previous notification on a variety of subjects as outlined in this section.


Advanced radio notification to a quarantine station applies only if a condition of health irregularity occurs onboard. Masters should acquaint themselves with Section 12 of the Quarantine Regulations.30 Prince Rupert has a full service hospital, as well as medical service to larger metropolitan areas.

Vessels with individuals suffering from a communicable disease or have been in close contact with someone with a communicable disease are obligated to inform the Vessel Agent prior to arrival in Canada, who in turn is obligated to inform a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer or a quarantine officer; the officer will then determine if there is a requirement for further assessment.

During the COVID-19 global pandemic:

For any onboard infectious disease concerns, after a vessel has submitted the required 96-hour Pre-Arrival Information Report (PAIR) to Transport Canada, Masters or vessel agents are encouraged to notify Transport Canada staff in the Government of Canada’s Marine Security and Operations Centre (West) by phone: +1 (250) 363-4850 or email:marsecw@tc.gc.ca. This notice will, in consultation with the Master, result in a Government health assessment, broad notification of regional agencies (pilots, Port Authorities, terminals, local health) and the coordination of any response deemed necessary.


Starting in December 2013, citizens from certain countries/territories31 will need to give biometrics (fingerprints and photograph) when they apply for a visa. Depending on citizenship, individuals that plan to travel through Canada without stopping or those who are visiting for 48 hours or less may require a transit visa. A transit visa may not be required if travel is from the United States. See Transit Without Visa Program32 or the China Transit Program33 for details.

All crew members that have cleared Customs through CBSA are permitted to proceed ashore subject to the following:

• Vessels at anchor will provide the Marine Facility Security Officer (MFSO) a list of all crew members aboard the vessel. Crew manifest must be presented to the MFSO via
email to: psoc@rupertport.com. Any vessel failing to provide this list will not be granted permission for shore leave while the ship is at anchor.
• Vessels wishing to lighter passengers or crew ashore, whether by life boat or water taxi, must provide two (2) hours advance notification to PSOC via telephone +1 (250) 627-2522 or VHF 68. Lightering by life boat is permitted only at the Northland Cruise Ship Terminal (see picture following this section). Shore leave by life boat is restricted to the inner harbor anchorages during daylight hours only and is weather dependent.
Shore leave by water taxi (inner or outer anchorages) is permitted between the hours of 0800 and midnight.
• When at the Northland Cruise Ship Terminal, crew are to remain with their life boat until cleared to proceed by PSOC. All crew seeking shore leave must present photo identification which will be checked against the crew list for verification. Any crew member not in possession of proper photo identification will be required to return to the ship.
• Upon returning to the Northland Cruise Ship Terminal, crew are to contact PSOC via the intercom located by the main door. PSOC will attend, check identification and escort the crew back to their life boat.
• Lightering by life boat is not permitted when a cruise ship is alongside the Northland Cruise Ship Terminal. In these situations, shore leave must be conducted by water taxi.
• During recognized local holidays (see Section 7.7), lightering by life boat cannot be accommodated at Northland Terminal. Crews wishing to come ashore on these holidays must employ a water taxi.

• All requests for shore leave must be received by PSOC at least 24 hours in advance. Should a water taxi be used to lighter passengers or crew members from a vessel at anchor, the water taxi must only transport to/from the Cow Bay Marina.

• There will be no shore leave authorized while at MARSEC III.

Any passengers onboard will be required to clear Customs through CBSA34 at the same time as the rest of the crew.

Passengers may proceed ashore subject to the same restrictions as crew.


Prince Rupert is a port of entry and as such has customs facilities operated by CBSA.35 The Advance Commercial Information (ACI)36 program requires marine carriers to electronically transmit vessel and cargo information in advance of arrival at the first port in Canada. Reporting timeframes, which vary depending on the type of cargo and origins, are outlined on this link.

Note: Pursuant to Marine Transportation Security Regulations, the following pre-arrival information requirement does not apply to fishing vessels, pleasure craft and government vessels.

The Master of the vessels listed below, engaged on a voyage from a port in one country to a port in another country, shall ensure their vessel does not enter Canadian waters unless the Master submits their Pre-Arrival Information Report (PAIR) to Transport Canada MARSEC West37 before entering Canadian waters.

Vessels required to submit a PAIR to Transport Canada:
• SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) vessel of 500 tonnes gross tonnage or more or is carrying more than 12 passengers;
• NON-SOLAS vessel that is more than 100 tonnes gross tonnage, other than a towing vessel;
• NON-SOLAS vessel that carries more than 12 passengers; or
• NON-SOLAS vessel that is a towing vessel engaged in towing a barge astern or alongside or pushing ahead, if the barge is carrying certain dangerous cargoes.

Canadian Territorial Sea38 consists of a belt of sea 12 nautical miles from the low-water line (baseline) along Canada’s coast.

The contiguous zone of Canada39 consists of an area of sea from 12 nautical miles to an outer limit of 24 nautical miles from the low-water line (baseline). Federal law enforcement officials may prevent the entry of person(s) in the contiguous zone of Canada from entry into Canada if there are reasonable grounds to believe an offence may be committed.

The exclusive economic zone of Canada40 consists of an area of the sea beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea of Canada extending to 200 nautical miles from low-water line along Canada’s coast.

4.5 ETA

Master of vessels listed in 4.4

Who What To How When Remarks
Master of vessels listed in 4.4 Pre-Arrival Information Report (PAIR) Transport Canada Email41  report 96 hours prior to entering Canadian waters PAIR PDF
Master of vessels listed in 4.4 NOA PSOC Email42 form Prior to 96 hours from Triple Island Pilot Station (54°19.00’ N, 130° 53.10’ W) ETA changes of 30 minutes or more must be reported
Agent of vessels listed in 4.4 NOA PRPA Marine Operations Electronic43  submission Prior to 96 hours from Triple Island Pilot Station (54°19.00’ N, 130° 53.10’ W) ETA changes of 30 minutes or more must be updated
Agent of vessels listed in 4.4 Dangerous Goods PSOC Online application44 Prior to 96 hours from Triple Island Pilot Station (54°19.00’ N, 130° 53.10’ W) Nil

4.6 ETD

Agents and/or Master must give the PRPA as much notice as possible with the intended sailing time and any revisions to the estimated time of departure.

LPG carriers and liquid bulk tankers must give a minimum of 24 hours’ notice of the intended time of departure.


All vessels over 350 gross tonnes that are not a pleasure craft and every pleasure craft over 500 gross tonnes (subject to compulsory pilotage) that are proceeding to any Prince Rupert terminal or anchorage must provide a copy of each of the following documents:
• International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC)
• Crew list
• Passenger list
• Attendance list


All Dangerous Goods that move through the Port of Prince Rupert must be pre-approved by the PRPA. This is done by accurately completing this online permit application45 and receiving a confirmation email by the approving Authority. Vessels with explosives on board shall not enter, leave, or remain in the harbour, except with the prior permission of PRPA.

Any additional information regarding goods entering or leaving from Port Edward Harbour Authority facilities may be obtained from their website46.


All waste removal must be coordinated through the Vessel Agent including garbage, oily water/bilge fluids, grey water, black water, and hazardous material. Arrangements must be communicated in writing to the PSOC47 by the Agents and/or Masters prior to removal.

4.10 IOPP

All vessels requiring an IOPP Certificate must ensure that a valid, in date copy is sent to the PSOC48 24 hours prior to arrival to Prince Rupert.


Not applicable.