Recreational boaters will notice a few changes to navigation at the eastern end of Burrard Inlet as a result of construction at Westridge Marine Terminal.

Westridge, which has been loading oil tankers since 1956, is expanding to three berths as part of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Trans Mountain has the necessary approvals from the National Energy Board and Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) permit for this work to commence.

As part of the NEB’s approval (Condition 48) for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, Trans Mountain developed a Navigation and Navigation Safety Plan (NNSP) to manage and mitigate the marine impacts of construction. Typical of waterfront construction, most activities will occur from the water using floating equipment such as vessel-mounted cranes, barges, tugs and work boats.

Westridge construction is expected to continue through late 2019. Recreational, tourism, Aboriginal and other waterway users are encouraged to exercise extra caution when nearing the Westridge construction area and to familiarize themselves with safety protocols while on the water.

The siting of the dock does not impede recreational boaters or commercial traffic and steps are being taken to ensure that the construction work does not impede marine traffic. The following is a list of actions to ensure the safety of all vessels and to make boaters aware that construction is under way.

  • A construction safety zone has been declared in a portion of eastern Burrard Inlet and Notices to Shipping have been issued by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). Additional notices have been distributed to First Nations, local area residents, marinas, port users, pilots, industry stakeholders and others.
  • A floating construction safety boom around the immediate construction site will assist in ensuring the safety of boaters in the area; it will be demarcated by navigation buoys carrying appropriate day and night markers. Please do not anchor your vessel near the buoys to avoid entangling your anchor with the buoy chains.
  • Boaters and other vessels will be able to navigate safely past the work area. Large commercial vessels navigating the area will continue to follow the well-established vessel movement practices under pilotage.
  • On-water safety vessels will provide guidance and assistance as required and they can be contacted via VHF radio Channels 09 and 16.
  • Trans Mountain will continue to regularly communicate and update all marine waterway users, including boaters, commercial fishers and Aboriginal groups on construction activities in the construction area. Communication will include meetings or workshops with key user groups, mail-outs, local advertising and on-water and onshore signage.
  • For recreational users, a Transport Canada Safe Boating Guide provides valuable information and the VFPA has a Port Information Guide.
  • All enquiries should be directed to [email protected] or 1.866.514.6700

Safe Boating Campaign

Trans Mountain actively supports the Pacific Pilotage Authority’s (PPA) work to raise awareness about small vessel safety in the marine community including the Authority’s Safe Boating campaign. This outreach campaign informs boat operators — everyone from kayakers and wind surfers to sport fishing guides and commercial fishermen — about their responsibilities for safe navigation in and around shipping routes and the need for safety when large ships are moving through. Read more about this joint campaign here.