Prince Rupert Harbour is a deep, ice free inlet with easy access and can be entered at all times and in all seasons. The inner harbour entrance is 457 metres wide and at least 35 metres deep.
Fairview Container Terminal
DP World’s Fairview Container Terminal expanded its capacity to 1.35 million TEUs through a project completed in Fall 2017. The next phase of Fairview Container Terminal expansion is expected to begin construction in Q1 2020, increasing terminal capacity to 1.8 million TEUs by 2022.
PRPA is currently developing a 5.5km corridor which will house a 2-lane private haul and an additional two 12,000’ rail sidings. This corridor will provide connectivity from the south end of the Fairview Container Terminal to Ridley Island.
Prince Rupert LPG Export Terminal
Pembina is currently building an LPG Export Terminal on Watson Island in Porpoise Harbour. The first phase of the terminal construction is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020, with a capacity of 25,000 bpd. The second phase of expansion has been announced, increasing capacity to 40,000 bpd, with construction expected to be completed by Q2 2023.
Vopak Pacific Canada is currently working through the regulatory and permitting process to develop a bulk liquids terminal offering handling, storage and ship loading for commodities such as propane, methanol and diesel. Vopak is targeting a final investment decision at the end of 2020 followed by two years of construction. For more information please see https://www.vopak.com/vopak-pacific-canada
For more information on these proposed developments and others, visit our website here55.
7.3 PORT LOCATION
The Prince Rupert Harbour limits are shown on Canadian Charts 3957 and 3958 and described in British Columbia Coast Sailing Directions PAC 205.56 Porpoise Harbour, Ridley Island, and Lelu Island are included within the Prince Rupert Harbour limits.
CHARTS AND PUBLICATIONS
The Port of Prince Rupert and the approaches are covered by Canadian Charts 3957, 3958, 3955, 3964 and Admiralty Chart 2435. Further information is available in PAC 205 Inner Passage – Queen Charlotte Sound to Chatham Sound,57 published by the Canadian Hydrographic Service, or the Admiralty Sailing Directions NP 26, British Columbia Pilot.
The main commercial approach to Prince Rupert is via the Dixon Entrance, Brown Passage and Chatham Sound passing Lucy Island, Rachael Islands and the Kinahan Islands traveling SE towards Ridley Island and Lelu Island. The SW corner of the outer harbour is at 54°08’36” N 130°26’47” W and extends north to Digby Island and east towards Smith Island.
The main entrance to the inner harbour is from the south between Digby and Kaien Islands. Navigation is round the clock with a depth not less than 35 metres at the inner harbour entrance marked by Spire Ledge light and bell buoy “D47”. The inner harbour can also be entered from the Northwest through Venn Passage for smaller traffic only.
NO WAKE ZONES
Certain areas of the Prince Rupert Harbour have been designated as No Wake Zones. In Prince Rupert Harbour vessels are to minimize wake when passing within 600 yards of shore between Fairview Terminal and Ritchie Point. Minimized wakes are also required when passing docks, floats and seaplanes, specifically at the Digby Island floats and the Village of Metlakatla in Venn Passage and within Porpoise Harbour.
7.4 LOAD LINES
Load Line Regulations (SOR/2007-99)58 fall under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.
7.5 MAXIMUM SIZE VESSELS
There is currently no restriction for maximum size vessels calling on Prince Rupert; however, inner harbour anchorages (numbers 2-7) are restricted to vessels 250 metres length overall (LOA) or less.
7.6 TIME ZONE
Prince Rupert is in the Pacific Time Zone and observes Daylight Savings Time from March until November. Specific dates and times of the Daylight Savings change can be found online here.59
Pacific Standard Time (PST) is GMT/UTC -8h and Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) is GMT/UTC – 7h during Daylight Savings.
7.7 LOCAL HOLIDAYS
The five national holidays in British Columbia are:
• New Year’s Day (January 1)
• Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday)
• Canada Day (July 1)
• Labour Day (First Monday in September)
• Christmas Day (December 25)
The five provincial holidays in British Columbia are:
• Family Day (3rd Monday in February)
• Victoria Day (Monday before May 25)
• British Columbia Day (Monday after the 1st Sunday of August)
• Thanksgiving (second Monday in October)
• Remembrance Day (November 11)
7.8 WORKING HOURS
PRPA main office hours are from 0800 to 1630 Monday – Friday. The PSOC operates continuously 24/7 throughout the year.
The number of deep-sea vessels calling on Prince Rupert has continued to increase. In addition, passenger vessels including BC Ferries60 and Alaska State Ferries61 make regular scheduled calls to Prince Rupert. Coastal tug and barge operations, commercial fishing vessels, charter fishing vessels, and private pleasure craft are also numerous in the Prince Rupert area, especially during the summer season. For more up-to-date information on the commercial fisheries opening and established fishing zones in the Prince Rupert area, consult the Department of Fisheries and Oceans62 website.
For more traffic information in the Port of Prince Rupert, visit the website.63
LOSS OF CARGO, GEAR OR GOODS OVERBOARD
Where any goods have been lost overboard from a vessel, the owner or person in charge of the vessel shall attempt to recover such goods. Where the recovery of such goods is interfering with navigation or if the goods constitute or may constitute contamination, PRPA may order the person in charge of the recovery to cease or alter his operation. Where lost goods are not recovered within 24 hours after their loss, the owner or person in charge of the vessel shall as soon as practicable, submit a statement to PRPA noting all of the following:
• the location where the goods were lost
• a description of the lost goods
• such other information regarding the lost goods as PRPA may request
If the owner or person in charge of the vessel fails to recover the lost goods within 24 hours after their loss, PRPA may have the lost goods recovered at the expense of the owner of the vessel and the owner shall pay PRPA the cost of the recovery upon demand.
7.11 CHARTS AND BOOKS
All vessels in Canadian waters must carry and use nautical charts and related publications. pursuant to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, Charts and Nautical Publications Regulations,64 that are issued by, or on the Authority of, the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS).65 CHS paper charts meet the requirements of the chart carriage regulations; however digital charts only meet the requirements of the regulations under certain circumstances. CHS Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) meet the requirements provided they are used with an Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS). CHS raster charts meet the requirements only if paper charts are carried and used as a backup.
Most paper charts can be purchased locally in Prince Rupert and some are available to download online.
3002 Queen Charlotte Sound to Dixon Entrance
3955 Plans – Prince Rupert Harbour, Porpoise Harbour, Ridley Island and Approaches
3956 Malacca Passage to Bell Passage
3957 Approaches to Prince Rupert Harbour
3958 Prince Rupert Harbour
3964 Tuck Inlet
Canadian Tide and Current Tables67
Chart 1, 2012: Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms68
Sailing Directions, PAC205 Inner Passage – Queen Charlotte Sound to Chatham Sound69
Canadian Aids to Navigation System70
List of Lights, Buoys and Fog Signals71
Notices to Mariners – Current Monthly Editions72
Notices to Mariners – Annual Edition73
Radio Aids Marine Navigation (RAMN) 201574
7.12 SHIPPING ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE PORT AREA
NAVIGATIONAL WARNINGS (NAVWARNS)
The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) issues Navigational Warnings (NAVWARNs) to inform mariners about hazards to navigation and to share other important information. Verbal NAVWARN alerts are broadcast by radio by MCTS and written NAVWARN alerts75 are issued when the hazard location is beyond broadcast range or when the information remains in effect for an extended period of time. A summary of written NAVWARNs still in effect are available online here.76
NOTICES TO MARINERS
The Notices to Mariners (NOTMAR)77, published jointly by CCG and CHS, provides necessary information to update all charts and nautical publications (such as Sailing Directions, Light of Lights, Annual Edition of Notices to Mariners, and Radio Aids to Marine Navigation). Also issued is information pertaining to regulations and procedures governing vessels entry to and transit of Canadian waters.
7.13 PILOT STATIONS
The Pilot Station is located off Triple Island (54° 19.00’ N; 130° 53.10’ W) approximately 22 nautical miles from the port. See chapter 11.3 for pilotage details.
7.14 PORT INFRASTRUCTURE
|Area & Chart #||Anchorage #||Latitude||Longitude||Depth (metres)||Max LOA (metres)||Use||Swing Radius (metres)|
Every vessel of 50 metres or more in length must obtain permission from PRPA prior to anchoring in the Prince Rupert Harbour area and its approaches. No vessel shall anchor in such a place or position as to prevent free and unobstructed passage for all vessels to and from the harbour and to and from any wharf in the harbour. No vessel shall anchor in any designated seaplane operating area.
While at anchor every vessel shall:
• Maintain a bridge watch
• Keep a listening watch on VHF 16 and VHF 71
• Have the engine(s) on standby
If the wind speed at the vessel exceeds 25 knots the vessel shall have the second anchor ready for letting go.
Anchorages will be assigned at least 24 hours prior to the arrival of a vessel providing the 96 hour Notice of Arrival (NOA) has been received. It is understood that some anchorage requests may require immediate assistance due to emergencies, berth delays etc., and this will be considered on a case by case basis.
PRPA Marine Operations may be contacted at any time after office hours through the PSOC by telephone +1 (250) 627-2522 or VHF 68. All anchorage allocations for the next 24 hours are published online on the Shipping Schedule.78All anchorage assignments are also held by the PSOC and may be checked any time by contacting the PSOC via telephone (+1 (250) 627-2522) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or radio (VHF 68).
When making an anchorage request, normally the 96 hour NOA is completed and submitted by the local Agent on behalf of the vessel. In the case of urgent anchorage requirements, the following minimum information must be given to PRPA Marine Operations for the request to be considered:
• Vessel Name
• IMO Number
• Local Agent Name
• Gross Registered Tonnage
• Summer Draught
• Length Overall (LOA)
• Cargo Type and Quantity
• Estimated Time of Berthing
• Estimated Time of Departure
• List any machinery or navigational equipment defects
WINTER ANCHORAGE POLICY
From October 1 through March 31, vessels anchoring in the Prince Rupert area should use the maximum anchor cable available given their anchorage position. Accordingly, deep sea vessels should use a minimum of ten (10) shackles at the waterline during the winter period to mitigate risk of dragging the vessel’s anchor. Should a commercial vessel wishing to anchor in Prince Rupert Harbour not be capable of adhering to this direction, the Master or Agent shall bring this to the attention of PRPA Marine Operations a minimum of 24 hours prior to the vessel’s scheduled arrival time at Triple Island.
Vessels shall retain maximum safe ballast on board and maintain required trim to keep the ship’s propeller and rudder below the water line while at anchor until a confirmed loading time has been arranged.
All vessels shall keep their engines on standby when at anchor and be prepared to take appropriate action should weather conditions worsen during winter storms.
ASSIGNMENT OF ANCHORAGES
Anchorages shown in the previous table are assigned on a first come first serve basis (based on confirmed ETA of vessel at Triple Island Pilot Station). Vessels waiting for other ports, or not loading or discharging passengers or cargo at the Port of Prince Rupert may be assigned anchorages subject to availability.
Anchorage sizes have been designated for vessels using the Prince Rupert area based on expected weather conditions during the months of October to March. Unless specifically approved by PRPA Marine Operations the size of vessel using an anchorage may not exceed the specified anchorage size.
Vessels will normally occupy an anchorage while waiting for a berth, cargo, or repairs. Anchorages may be assigned or reassigned by PRPA for any other reason at its discretion. PRPA may charge a fee for long-term use of an anchorage or for vessels not calling on the Port of Prince Rupert. A vessel which is charged a long-term anchorage fee will not be subject to removal from the anchorage except in extraordinary circumstances. If ordered by PRPA to vacate a long-term use anchorage, costs of the movement shall be borne by PRPA.
Vessels remaining at anchor after their scheduled berthing time or after their cargo is available, that decline to occupy the designated berth for reasons of contract or desire of the owners or charterers of the vessel, may be required to vacate the anchorage at the sole discretion of PRPA.
At the discretion of PRPA, vessels may be allocated an anchorage while awaiting a berth at another harbour. Any vessel occupying an anchorage under these circumstances may be ordered to move to allow a vessel, which will embark or disembark passengers, or load or discharge cargo in Prince Rupert, to anchor in Prince Rupert Harbour.
In an emergency, or for other reasons approved by PRPA, Marine Operations may create a special anchorage or offset an existing anchorage to allow a vessel to anchor. In such cases, safety will be the deciding factor.
Anchorages 2 and 3 are anchorages where log loading has preference at PRPA discretion. If, at the time of entry of a vessel which will load logs, all anchorages are occupied, the first vessel to occupy one of these anchorages may be displaced to accommodate the vessel loading logs.
Anchorage 10 may be used for vessels up to 400 metres LOA. Anchorages 9 and 10 can be used for Agricultural inspections for Asian Gypsy Moth should this be required by CFIA. Inspection for Asian Gypsy Moth takes precedence over all other uses for these anchorages.
LPG CARRIERS, LNG CARRIERS AND OIL TANKERS
Anchorages 9, 10, 24, 25, 30, and 31 may be used for LPG, LNG and Tanker vessels.
ANCHORAGE WARNINGS AND WATCHKEEPING CONSIDERATIONS
Prince Rupert Traffic will broadcast a wind warning advisory on VHF 71 for all vessels at anchor at the Port of Prince Rupert under the following circumstances:
• When gale warnings are forecasted for local waters
• If winds reach or exceed 25 knots from any direction within the harbour
WEATHER LIMITS AT ANCHOR
Weather limits at anchor are governed by the discretion of the Pilot and Master.
7.15 PORT ACCOMMODATION AND BERTHS
Details of Terminals and berths can be found in the Port Sections Guide.
7.16 WEATHER AND TIDAL INFORMATION
Prince Rupert Harbour can be subject to extreme gusts of wind from the mountain slopes during SE gales, which are prevalent during the autumn and winter months. Refer to Winter Anchorage Policy in section 7.14.
Weather limits for port operations are listed in the specific terminal Port Sections Guide.
Varies between 1013 and 1025 kg·m−3.
Prince Rupert is a totally ice free harbour all year round.
Tides are mixed, mainly semi-diurnal. Predicted tide data can be found at the Fisheries and Oceans Canada79 website.
Live tide data can be found on the PRPA website80.
|Mean Tide||Spring Tide|
|Range||4.9 m||16.07 ft.||7.7 m||25.3 ft.|
|HHW||6.1 m||20.0 ft.||7.5 m||24.6 ft.|
|LLW||1.2 m||3.9 ft.||-0.2 m||-0.66 ft..|
75 http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/Marine-Communications/Home#NOTSHIP *****update for NAVWARNs