Prince Rupert Port Authority
Marine Safety

The foundation of our prosperity lies in procedures designed to keep vessels moving safely -- and goods flowing securely. Our dedication to safe operations means nonstop teamwork and vigilance. It also means business.

Prince Rupert is blessed with one of the deepest natural harbours in the world. It possesses direct, unobstructed access to the commercial shipping lanes of the Pacific Ocean. A collaborative effort between the Canadian Coast Guard's Marine Traffic Services, Pacific Pilotage Authority, BC Coast Pilots, SMIT Marine and PRPA exerts positive control over every vessel, ensuring round-the-clock safeguards.

The result has been the evolution of a global reputation for navigational safety. As the number of vessels more than doubles over the next decade, maintaining that reputation continues to be an operational priority.

PRPA has started a review of its practices and procedures in light of anticipated growth and a potential variety of new cargoes. PRPA believes that managing navigational risk and avoiding incidents is the most effective approach to ensuring a safe harbour becomes even safer.

The identification, measurement and benchmark of navigational risks is the review's first step. A Prince Rupert Marine Risk Analysis conducted by Det Norske Veritas is available here.

This objective analysis will inform the actions required to aggressively mitigate and minimize risks as vessel traffic grows at the Port.

Potential measures under consideration include additional anchorage designations, patrol boat escorts, tug availability and escorts, navigation corridors and traffic separation, "no-go" zones, berth design requirements, radar coverage, and navigational aid enhancements.

We're seeking your questions about marine safety. As part of an ongoing newspaper series that will be posted here, the Prince Rupert Port Authority is seeking your questions about safe shipping on BC's north coast. Email your questions to


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