MARITIME NEWS &
Views: 16 Author: Site Editor Publish Time: 2022-08-04 Origin: Site
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is the federal agency responsible for managing the lands and waters that make up the Port of Vancouver, Canada's largest port. Trade through the Port of Vancouver connects Canadian businesses and consumers to the wide variety of products from global markets that we use every day, and generates tax revenue and secures jobs for local communities.
As a Canadian port authority, our mandate is to promote Canadian trade through the Port of Vancouver, while protecting the environment and considering local communities. Responsible to the federal Minister of Transportation, the Canadian Ports Authority manages federal lands and waters to support national trade objectives for the benefit of all Canadians. To that end, we lease the federal lands that make up the Port of Vancouver to independent terminal operators who handle trade through the port and provide marine, highway and other infrastructure to support the port's growth and function.
As stated in the Canada Maritime Act, we must promote Canada's trade objectives and ensure the safe movement of goods, while protecting the environment and considering local communities. Canadian trade through the ports has been growing steadily for a decade and is expected to maintain growth of approximately 3.5 per cent annually, so we are planning for sustainable port growth to ensure that Canada remains competitive on the global stage.
The Port of Vancouver's operations and activities are complex and include many organizations outside of the port authority. The federal government sets trade policy and determines the goods and commodities traded in Canada. Private terminal operators manage the loading and unloading of cargo through the Port's terminals. Shipping companies operate the large merchant ships that call at the port, and rail and freight companies deliver cargo by road to and from the port. Shippers such as retailers, resource companies and freight forwarders enter into contracts and pay for the transportation of goods.
Our role as a port authority is to ensure the safe, efficient and sustainable movement of cargo, and we do this by maintaining and building the land on which our terminals are located and the roads throughout the port, ensuring that waterways and anchorages are safe and available, and installing traffic control measures, all of which are monitored by our 24/7 operations center and waterborne port patrols.
Our Port Information Guide lists local practices and procedures designed to promote safe and efficient navigation within port waters and to support efforts to protect the marine environment. It includes information on timing and tidal windows for vessel traffic, mooring controls and restrictions, and minimum clearances between the bottom of the vessel and the seabed.
Outside the supply chain, organizations such as the Canadian Coast Guard, Canada Border Services Agency, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and local police oversee port safety and security. We work with them on emergency response and waterway security.
As Canadian trade grows, the Port Authority also oversees port development - we do this by building infrastructure and reviewing and approving port development projects, such as terminal expansions.
As we prepare for port development, the most important thing is to minimize the impact of port activities on nearby communities. With Metro Vancouver growing rapidly and expecting to welcome one million new residents by 2050, we are working with government and industry to build overpasses, underpasses, and other highway and rail projects in the Vancouver area. By removing bottlenecks along transportation corridors, we can reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions while unlocking new trade capacity for Canadian businesses.
The Port of Vancouver is located on the southwest coast of British Columbia, stretching from the banks of the Roberts River and Fraser River to and including Burrard Inlet. Geographically, the Port of Vancouver encompasses over 16,000 hectares of water, over 1,500 hectares of land and hundreds of kilometers of coastline, bordering 16 cities and intersecting with several coastal Salish First Nations traditional territories and treaty lands.
The Port of Vancouver is roughly the same size as the next five largest ports in Canada combined. With 29 major terminals, the port is capable of handling the most diverse cargo in North America: breakbulk, containers, general cargo, liquid bulk, automobiles and cruise ships. As the country's gateway to more than 170 trading economies worldwide, the port handles $1 of every $3 of Canadian cargo trade outside of North America. Port activity contributes approximately $240 billion in goods trade, 115,300 jobs, $7 billion in wages and $11.9 billion in GDP for Canada.