Trans Mountain’s Westridge Marine Terminal is located on the Burrard Inlet in Burnaby, BC. In the spirit of respect, Trans Mountain honours and acknowledges the shared territories of the Coast Salish peoples, the Nuu-chah-nulth people, and the many Indigenous communities of the Salish Sea and Juan de Fuca Strait, located in Canada and the United States, who continue unique cultural practices as well as steward and protect the Salish Sea ecosystem including the shorelines, the ocean, and its watersheds.

The Salish Sea is an important shared cultural and economic waterway. Diverse marine life, including birds, mammals and plants, flourishes above and below its surface while recreational and commercial vessel traffic navigate its waters. On any given day, seafarers and waterway stewards may come across container ships, bulk carriers, tankers, and other deep-sea vessels transiting in the designated marine shipping lanes through the Salish Sea. Due to this dynamic maritime environment, marine safety emerges as a critical aspect.

How to Enter the Draw!

As boating, fishing and harvesting season begins, we prepared a five-question quiz to support the Pacific Pilotage Authority and Transport Canada’s work to raise awareness about boating safety in shared waterways.

Win a $1000 prize package!

Eligible entrants will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $1000 prize package that includes a YETI Tundra 45 Hard Cooler and three Mustang lifejackets (personal flotation device - PFD)*.

*The winner will select their PFD sizes.

Please read and review the terms and conditions before entering.

Marine Safety in the Salish Sea

Did you know? There are a variety of protocols, regulations, risk controls and tips that support a safe maritime environment. Use the information below to help answer the questions asked in the quiz!

  • Marine Shipping Lanes: Deep-sea vessels, including container ships, bulk carriers, and tankers, operate under certain restrictions. They must travel in the designated marine shipping lanes, through the Burrard Inlet, the Strait of Georgia, the Haro and Boundary Straits, and the Juan de Fuca Strait.
  • Licensed Marine Pilots: A licensed marine pilot is required by law to be onboard all deep-sea ships transiting in designated pilotage areas, including the marine shipping lanes in the Salish Sea. Having the pilot onboard helps ensure the safe navigation of the deep-sea vessel through the local waters, as the Ship Master could be unfamiliar with them, thereby contributing to the safety of the marine environment and other marine waterway users. More information on marine pilots.
  • Vessel Identification: Container ships, tankers and dry bulk carriers can look similar from a distance. An easy way to identify the vessel is to look at the long flat deck for piping on a tanker, raised square hatches on a dry bulk carrier or shipping containers on a container ship.
  • Navigation: Deep-sea vessels’ size and momentum means they cannot immediately change direction or come to a complete stop. Small boat operators in proximity to ships or in areas with ship traffic are advised to avoid crossing the waterway ahead of large vessels. Rather, waiting for the deep-sea vessel to pass before crossing the waterway ensures safety.

Quick tip! An easy way to know if you can be seen from the navigation bridge of a deep-sea ship: see if you can see the windows located at the top of the ship’s accommodation block where the navigation control centre of the vessel is typically located.

  • Enhanced Visibility and Awareness: Consider using AIS (Automatic Identification System) technology on your boat to enhance awareness of your location and ensure appropriate navigation lights are lit. Monitoring radio channels 12 and 16 for traffic information and maintaining open communication with other vessels can support safety in shared waterways.
  • Marine Safety Regime: A comprehensive marine safety regime, established and monitored by Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Pacific Pilotage Authority and the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, oversees the regulations, practices and risk controls in place for all vessels operating in the Salish Sea.