Part 3 - Vessel Traffic Services

Pacific and Arctic

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The purpose of Part 3 is to describe to shipboard personnel the ship reporting procedures to be followed by vessels within or intending to enter a Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) zone.

3.1 Responsibilities

There is no intention on the part of the Canadian Coast Guard to attempt to navigate or manoeuvre ships from a shore station and nothing in this publication overrides the authority of the master of his responsibility for the safe navigation of his ship. Information passed to the master is intended to assist him in the safe conduct of his ship.

A MCTS officer may, with respect to any vessel of a prescribed class that is about to enter or is within a VTS zone:

  1. grant a clearance to the vessel to enter, leave or proceed within the VTS zone;
  2. direct the master, pilot or person in charge of the deck watch of the vessel to provide any pertinent information in respect of that vessel that may be specified in the direction;
  3. direct the vessel to use any radio frequencies in communications with coast stations or other vessel that may be specified in the direction; and
  4. direct the vessel at the time, between the times or before or after any event that may be specified in the direction;
    • to leave a VTS zone;
    • to leave or refrain from entering any area within a VTS zone that may be specified in the direction; or
    • to proceed to or remain at any location within a VTS zone that may be specified in the direction.

A vessel, as well as the master, pilot or person in charge of the deck watch of a vessel, shall comply with a direction given to it or them by a MCTS officer. Notwithstanding, the master, pilot or person in charge of the deck watch may take any action that may be required to ensure the safety of life, the ship or any other ship.

The master of a ship shall ensure that before the ship enters a VTS zone the ship’s radio equipment is capable of receiving and transmitting radio communications on the appropriate VTS sector frequency.

3.2 Traffic Clearance

A "traffic clearance" is an authorization for a ship to proceed subject to such conditions as may be included in the authorization. The traffic clearance is predicated upon ship report information and known waterway/traffic conditions. A traffic clearance does not eliminate the need for other authorizations required by legislation or by laws.

Should any factor upon which the traffic clearance is predicated alter to the detriment of safe navigation, the traffic clearance may be delayed or other conditions may be attached to the traffic clearance.

A traffic clearance is required prior to:

  1. entering a VTS zone;
  2. commencing a departure manoeuvre;
  3. commencing a manoeuvre that may be detrimental to safe navigation; and
  4. proceeding after being stranded, stopped due to breakdown of main propulsion machinery or steering gear, or involved in a collision.

3.3 Communications

Radiotelephone procedures used in communicating with a MCTS Centre are those specified by the International Telecommunications Union in the "Manual for Use by the Maritime Mobile and Maritime Mobile Satellite Services".

A continuous listening watch shall be maintained on the appropriate VTS sector frequency on radio equipment located:

  • at any place on board the ship, where the ship is at anchor or moored to a buoy; and
  • in the vicinity of the ship's conning position, where the ship is underway.

A continuous listening watch may be suspended if a MCTS officer directs the ship to communicate with coast stations and/or other ship stations on a different VHF radio frequency.

All times given in local VTS zone reports should be in local time and in accordance with the 24-hour clock system.

Navigation safety calls on designated VTS sector frequencies should be kept to the minimum consistent with the safety requirement of the situation.

3.3.1 Communication Difficulties

Where a ship, for any reason other than ship board radio equipment failure is unable to obtain the required traffic clearance or, after receiving a traffic clearance, is unable to maintain direct communication with the appropriate MCTS Centre, the master may nevertheless proceed on his route, but shall take all reasonable measures to communicate with the appropriate MCTS Centre as soon as possible and to obtain the specified clearance.

3.3.2 Ship Board Radio Equipment Malfunction

In the event of a ship board radio equipment failure, where the ship is unable to obtain the required traffic clearance or after receiving a traffic clearance is unable to maintain direct communication with the appropriate MCTS Centre, the vessel shall:

  1. if it is in a port or anchorage where repairs can be made, remain in the port until the vessel is able to establish communications in accordance with the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, Part 5, Section 6(a); or
  2. if it is not in a port or anchorage where repairs can be made, proceed to the nearest reasonably safe port or anchorage on its route and remain there until the vessel is able to establish communications in accordance with the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, Part 5, Section 6(b).

3.3.3 English Language

All communications with Seattle, Prince Rupert, Comox or Victoria Traffic must be made in clear, unbroken English. At least one person capable of conducting two-way radio communications using the English language must be present on the bridge at all times within the Co-operative VTS area. When language problems do arise, communications may be preceded by using message markers as found in the International Maritime Organisation Standard Marine Communication Phrases (SMCP).

3.4 Zone Description

3.4.1 Western Canada

VTS zones in Western Canada include all Canadian waters on the west coast of Canada as described in the VTS zone schedules of this Part and referred to in the Vessel Traffic Services Zones Regulations.

3.4.2 Northern Canada

The Northern Canada VTS (NORDREG) zone consists of:

  1. the shipping safety control zones prescribed by the Shipping Safety Control Zones Order1,
  2. the waters of Ungava Bay, Hudson Bay and Kugmallit Bay that are not in a shipping safety control zone;
  3. the waters of James Bay;
  4. the waters of Koksoak River from Ungava Bay to Kuujjuaq;
  5. the waters of Feuilles Bay from Ungava Bay to Tasiujaq;
  6. the waters of Chesterfield Inlet that are not within a shipping safety control zone and the waters of Baker Lake; and
  7. the waters of Moose River from James Bay to Moosonee.

1 The Shipping Safety Control zones cover Canada’s coastal northern waters within the area enclosed by the 60th parallel of north latitude, the 141st meridian of west longitude and the outer limit of the exclusive economic zone; however, where the international boundary between Canada and Greenland is less than 200 nautical miles from the baselines of the territorial sea of Canada, the international boundary shall be substituted for the outer limit.

3.5 Zone Application

3.5.1 Western Canada – Offshore

With respect to the Western Canada VTS zones, the Vessel Traffic Services Zones Regulations require a report to be made at least 24 hours before the ship enters a VTS zone from seaward including Alaska, or as soon as possible where the estimated time of arrival at that VTS zone is less than 24 hours after the ship departs from the last port of call, where the ship is:

  1. of 500 tons gross tonnage or more;
  2. engaged in towing or pushing a vessel, where the combined tonnage of the ship and the vessel being towed or pushed is 500 tons gross tonnage or more; or
  3. carrying a pollutant or dangerous goods, or engaged in towing or pushing a vessel carrying a pollutant or dangerous goods as prescribed in the;
    1. International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, and
    2. Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations.

3.5.2 Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone (NORDREG)

With respect to the Northern Canada VTS (NORDREG) zone, the Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations apply to the following classes of vessels:

  1. vessels of 300 tons gross tonnage or more;
  2. vessels that are engaged in towing or pushing another vessel, if the combined gross tonnage of the vessel and the vessel being towed or pushed is 500 tons gross tonnage or more; and
  3. vessels that are carrying as cargo, a pollutant or dangerous goods, or that are engaged in towing or pushing a vessel that is carrying as cargo a pollutant or dangerous goods.

Participation is mandatory.

3.5.3 Local Vessel Traffic Services Zones

For vessels within or about to enter a Western Canada VTS zone, the Vessel Traffic Services Zones Regulations apply in respect of:

  1. every ship 20 metres or more in length;
  2. every ship engaged in towing or pushing any vessel or object, other than fishing gear, where;
    1. the combined length of the ship and any vessel or object towed or pushed by the ship is 45 metres or more in length, or
    2. the length of the vessel or object being towed or pushed by the ship is 20 metres or more in length.

Participation is mandatory.

For vessels within or about to enter a Western Canada VTS zone, the Vessel Traffic Services Zones Regulations do not apply in respect of:

  1. a ship engaged in towing or pushing any vessel or object within a log booming ground;
  2. a pleasure yacht that is less than 30 metres in length; and
  3. a fishing vessel that is less than 24 metres in length and not more than 150 tons gross tonnage.

3.6 Advance Reporting Requirements

3.6.1 VTS Offshore Report

The Vessel Traffic Services Zones Regulations require all vessels greater than 500 tons gross tonnage to file a VTS Offshore Report 24 hours prior to entering a Canadian VTS zone from seaward, or as soon as practical where the estimated time of arrival of the ship to a Canadian VTS zone is less than 24 hours after the time the ship departed its last port of call. Send VTS Offshore Reports to one of the following:

Email: vts.rupert@innav.gc.ca
Telephone: 250-627-3071

Or via a Canadian Coast Guard MCTS Centre, free of charge.

3.6.2 Notice of Arrival (if bound for a United States Port)

A 96-hour Notice of Arrival (NOA) must be filed in accordance with the 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 160 (dated February 28, 2003) directly to the United States Coast Guard National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) via one of the following methods:

Email: sans@nvmc.uscg.gov
Telephone: 1-800-708-9823
Facsimile: 1-800-547-8724

The electronic Notice of Arrival/Departure (e-NOA/D) can be found at the NVMC website.

3.6.3 Western Canada – VTS Offshore Report

3.6.3.1 Information Required

  1. the name of the ship;
  2. the radio call sign of the ship;
  3. the name of the master of the ship;
  4. the position of the ship;
  5. the time (UTC) the ship arrived at the position;
  6. the course of the ship, if any;
  7. the speed of the ship, if any;
  8. the prevailing weather conditions;
  9. the estimated time (UTC) that the ship will enter the VTS zone;
  10. the name of the VTS zone the ship intends to enter;
  11. the destination of the ship;
  12. the estimated time (UTC) of arrival of the ship at the destination;
  13. the intended route of the ship;
  14. the name of the last port of call of the ship;
  15. the draught of the ship;
  16. any dangerous goods, listed by class, or pollutant, that is carried on board the ship or the vessel being towed or pushed by the ship;
  17. any defect in the ship's hull, main propulsion systems or steering systems, radars, compasses, radio equipment, anchors or cables;
  18. any discharge, or threat of discharge, into the water, of a pollutant from the ship or the vessel being towed or pushed by the ship, and any damage to the ship or vessel that may result in the discharge of a pollutant from the ship or vessel into the water;
  19. the name of the Canadian or United States agent of the ship; and
  20. the date of expiration of a certificate referred to in Article VII of the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1969/1992, the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate, the International Pollution Prevention Certificate for the Carriage of Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk, the Certificate of Fitness and the Certificate of Compliance, if any issued to the ship. (The following is also requested: the date and expiration of the ISM Safety Management Certificate, the ISM document of compliance, and the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 Certificate (known as Bunkers Convention Certificate), if any, issued to the ship.)

3.6.4 Western Canada - Local VTS Zone Report

With respect to the Western Canada VTS zones, the Vessel Traffic Services Zones Regulations specify that the master of a ship shall report to a MCTS officer in accordance with the following requirements.

3.6.4.1 Information Required

Dependent upon the reporting requirement, the following information shall be required to be reported:

  1. the name of the ship;
  2. the radio call sign of the ship;
  3. the position of the ship;
  4. the estimated time that the ship will enter the VTS zone;
  5. the destination of the ship;
  6. the estimated time that the ship will arrive at its destination;
  7. whether any pollutant or dangerous goods cargo is carried on board the ship or any vessel or object being towed or pushed by the ship;
  8. the estimated time that the ship will depart the berth; and
  9. the estimated time at which the ship will next arrive at a location requiring a report.

3.6.4.2 Entering a Zone

At least 15 minutes before a ship intends to enter a VTS zone, a report shall be made specifying the information listed in a), b), c), d), e), f), and g).

Exception: Ships already in possession of a valid Traffic Clearance issued by ECAREG, NORDREG or another VTS zone are not required to provide this report.

3.6.4.3 Arrival at a Calling-In-Point

When a ship arrives at a Calling-In-Point (CIP) a report shall be made specifying the information listed in a), c) and i).

3.6.4.4 Arrival at a Berth

As soon as practicable after a ship arrives at a berth, a report shall be made specifying the information listed in a) and c).

3.6.4.5 Departure Manoeuvre

A departure manoeuvre is defined as an operation during which a vessel leaves a berth and gets safely underway:

  1. immediately before commencing a departure manoeuvre, a report shall be made specifying the information listed in a), b), c), e), f), g) and h);
  2. immediately after completing the departure manoeuvre, a report shall be made specifying the information listed in a), c) and i).

3.6.4.6 Manoeuvres

A traffic clearance is required 15 minutes prior to commencing any manoeuvre such as:

  1. a compass adjustment;
  2. the calibration and servicing of navigational aids;
  3. a sea trial;
  4. a dredging operation;
  5. the laying, picking up and servicing of submarine cables or any other manoeuvre that may be detrimental to safe navigation.

Prior to commencing a manoeuvre, a report shall be made specifying the information listed in a) and c), plus a description of the intended manoeuvre. As soon as practical after the manoeuvre is completed, a report describing the manoeuvre just completed shall be made.

3.6.4.7 Change in Information

A report shall be made whenever a significant change occurs in the information previously provided in any report made pursuant to the Vessel Traffic Services Zones Regulations.

3.6.4.8 Non-Routine Reports

Pursuant to the Vessel Traffic Services Zones Regulations a report indicating the vessel’s name, position and a description of the incident shall be made as soon as the master becomes aware of any of the following conditions:

  1. the occurrence on board the ship of any fire;
  2. the involvement of the ship in a collision, grounding or striking;
  3. any defect in the ship's hull, main propulsion systems or steering systems, radars, compasses, radio equipment, anchors or cables;
  4. any discharge or probable discharge of a pollutant from the ship into the water;
  5. another ship in apparent difficulty;
  6. any obstruction to navigation;
  7. any aid to navigation that is functioning improperly, damaged, off-position or missing;
  8. the presence of any pollutant in the water;
  9. the presence of a ship that may impede the movement of other ships; and
  10. any ice and weather conditions that is detrimental to safe navigation.

Notes:

  • Items f), g) and h) are not required if the information has been previously promulgated by a Notice to Shipping.
  • Mariners are encouraged to provide, on a voluntary basis, any information pertaining to charts and publications which may not be on board so that arrangements can be made to embark the necessary items.

3.6.4.9 Variations from Requirements

Ferries and other vessels on regularly scheduled voyages may be exempted from making routine reports. Formal variations to reporting procedures will be granted only where alternate arrangements to provide essential information are made and where the equivalent procedure or practice is deemed to be as safe as that required in the regulations.

Formal variations may be obtained by submitting a written request to the appropriate Regional MCTS Superintendent, Canadian Coast Guard (see Section 1.6). In circumstances other than those described above, informal variations may be granted from time to time on a one-time-only basis by a MCTS officer where the procedure or practice requested is deemed to be as safe as that required in the regulations.

3.6.5 NORDREG Zone Reports

3.6.5.1 Format

NORDREG reports shall be addressed to NORDREG CANADA and communicated either directly to NORDREG CANADA or to the nearest Canadian Coast Guard MCTS Centre. The master of a ship shall ensure that these reports are made in accordance with the stated requirements.

The information requested from the ships is derived from the standard reporting format shown in International Maritime Organization resolution A.851(20) – General Principles for Ship Reporting Systems and Ship Reporting Requirements, Including Guidelines for Reporting Incidents Involving Dangerous Goods, Harmful Substances and/or Marine Pollutants.

Every report shall begin with the term "NORDREG" (system identifier) and be followed by whichever of the following two letters corresponds to the report:

  1. "SP", in the case of a sailing plan report;
  2. "PR", in the case of a position report;
  3. "FR", in the case of a final report;
  4. "DR", in the case of a deviation report.

The report must include the applicable designators followed by the information required in accordance with Table 3-1 NORDREG Zone Report: Designators and Information Required.

3.6.5.2 Content and Time and Geographical Position for Submitting Reports

Vessels shall send a report as follows, and provide the information required in accordance with Table 3-1 and that corresponds to the designators specified.

3.6.5.3 When the Vessel is About to Enter the NORDREG Zone

A sailing plan (SP) report shall be provided when the vessel is about to enter the NORDREG zone and must include the following designators: A, B, C or D, E, F, G, H, I, L, O, P, Q, S, T, W and X.

Note:

Designators O, Q, T are not required when entering directly from the ECAREG zone.

Vessels about to enter the NORDREG zone should provide the sailing plan report 24 hours in advance of entering the zone, or as soon as possible after leaving a port that is less than 24 hours from the NORDREG zone. This ensures vessels are not delayed in obtaining a clearance from MCTS and enables MCTS to assess current conditions and to prepare relevant safety information for the vessel2.

2Vessels must obtain a clearance from MCTS before entering the NORDREG zone.

3.6.5.4 Departing a Berth/Anchorage

A sailing plan report shall be provided more than one hour but not more than two hours before a vessel departs from a berth within the NORDREG zone, unless the vessel is moving to another berth in the same port. The sailing plan report must include the following designators: A, B, C or D, H, I, L, O, P, Q, S, T, W and X.

Note:

Designators O, P, Q, S, T, W, X are not required if the corresponding information has not changed since the previous sailing plan report.

3.6.5.5 Getting Underway After an Incident

A sailing plan report shall be provided immediately before a vessel gets underway within the NORDREG zone if the vessel has been stranded, has stopped as a result of a breakdown in the main propulsion system or steering system or has been involved in a collision. The sailing plan report must include the following designators: A, B, C or D, I, L, O, P, Q, S, T, W and X.

Note:

Designators O, P, Q, S, T, W, X are not required if the corresponding information has not changed since the previous sailing plan report.

3.6.5.6 Entering at Zone Boundary

A position report (PR) shall be provided immediately after a vessel enters the NORDREG zone and must include the following designators: A, B, C or D, E, F and S.

3.6.5.7 Daily

A position report shall be provided daily at 16:00 UTC, unless the vessel is transmitting Long-Range Identification and Tracking of Vessels (LRIT) information. The position report shall include the following designators: A, B, C or D, E, F and S.

3.6.5.8 Other Situations

A position report shall be provided with designators A, B, C or D, E, F, S and X as soon as feasible after a vessel’s master becomes aware of any of the following:

  1. another vessel in apparent difficulty;
  2. any obstruction to navigation;
  3. any aid to navigation that is not functioning properly or is damaged, out of position or missing;
  4. any ice or weather conditions that are hazardous to safe navigation;
  5. a pollutant in the water.

3.6.5.9 Arrival at Berth/Anchorage

A final report (FR) shall be provided on the arrival of a vessel at a berth within the NORDREG zone and include the following designators: A and K.

3.6.5.10 Exiting the Zone

A final report shall be provided immediately before a vessel exits the NORDREG zone and include the following designators: A and K.

3.6.5.11 Deviation Report

A deviation report (DR) shall be provided when a vessel’s position varies significantly from the position that was expected based on the sailing plan report, or when a vessel’s intended voyage changes from the sailing plan report. The deviation report must include the following designators: A, B, C or D and the other designators included in the sailing plan report if the corresponding information has changed since that report.

Table 3-1 - NORDREG Zone Report: Designators and Information Required

NORDREG zone report indicating the designators and information required
DesignatorSubjectInformation
A Vessel. The vessel's name, the name of the state whose flag the vessel is entitled to fly and, if applicable, the vessel's call sign, International Maritime Organization ship identification number and Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number.
B Date and time. Date and time corresponding to the vessel's position under designator C or D given in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). A 6-digit group followed by a Z, the first 2 digits giving the day of the month, the next two digits giving the hour and the last two digits giving the minutes.
C
or
D
Vessel's position by latitude and longitude. A 4-digit group giving latitude in degrees and minutes suffixed with N and a 5-digit group giving longitude in degrees and minutes suffixed with W.
Vessel's position by geographical name of place. If the vessel is at a known place, the name of the place. If the vessel is not at a known place, the name of a known place followed by the vessel's true bearing (3-digits) and distance in nautical miles from the place.
E Vessel's course. True course. A 3-digit group.
F Vessel's speed. Speed in knots. A 2-digit group.
G The vessel's last port of call. The name of the port of call.
H Vessel's entry into the NORDREG zone or departure from a berth within the NORDREG zone. Estimated date and time the vessel will enter the NORDREG zone or depart the berth within the NORDREG zone, as appropriate. Date and time expressed as under designator B and entry or departure position expressed as under designator C or D.
I Vessel's destination and expected time of arrival. The name of the destination followed by expected time of arrival, expressed as under designator B.
K Vessel's exit from the NORDREG zone or arrival at the vessel's destination. Date and time vessel exits the NORDREG zone or arrives at its berth within the NORDREG zone. Exit date and time expressed as under designator B and exit or arrival position expressed as under designator C or D.
L Vessel's intended route. A brief description of the intended route through the NORDREG zone.
O Vessel's maximum present static draught. A 4-digit group giving metres and centimetres.
P Cargo.

A brief description of the vessel's cargo and the cargo of any vessel being towed or pushed. The description must include:

  1. in the case of a dangerous good, the class and quantity; and
  2. in the case of a pollutant, the technical name and quantity.
Q Defects, damage and deficiencies, as well as circumstances adversely affecting the vessel's normal navigation. Brief details of any defects, damage or deficiencies of the vessel or its machinery, equipment or charts and nautical publications or circumstances that adversely affect normal navigation.
S Weather and Ice. A brief description of the prevailing weather and ice conditions.
T Vessel's authorized representative, agent or owner

The name and contact information of:

  1. in the case of a Canadian vessel, its authorized representative;
  2. in the case of a foreign vessel, its Canadian or American agent or owner;
  3. in the case of a pleasure craft that is not a Canadian vessel, the pleasure craft's owner.
W Persons on board the vessel. The number of persons.
X

Additional information for sailing plan report.

 

 

 


Information to be reported in a position report in certain situations.

  1. in the case of a sailing plan report the following information:
    1. the total amount of oil on board that is for use as fuel or carried as cargo, expressed in cubic metres;
    2. if the vessel's owner or master holds an Arctic Pollution Prevention Certificate in respect of the vessel, the certificate's expiry date and the name of its issuing authority;
    3. the vessel's ice class, if applicable, and the name of the classification society that assigned the ice class;
    4. if the vessel is getting underway after having been stranded, stopped as a result of a breakdown in the main propulsion or steering system or involved in a collision, a brief description of the applicable incident.
  2. in the case of a position report required after becoming aware of: another vessel in difficulty; any obstruction to navigation; an aid to navigation that is not functioning properly or is damaged, out of position or missing; any ice or weather conditions that are hazardous to safe navigation and a pollutant in the water - then a brief description of the applicable matter.

The waters of Kugmallit Bay and MacKenzie Bay are considered part of the Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services (NORDREG) zone. A final report must be submitted to NORDREG CANADA by vessels southbound in Kugmallit Bay to MacKenzie River at mile 1081, which is marked by Kittigauzit Bay Lt By LL 1816 Mo(A) 69 24'N 133 38'W. Vessels northbound from the MacKenzie River to Tuktoyatuk or the Beaufort Sea or northbound from Shallow Bay must submit a sailing plan report to NORDREG CANADA.

NORDREG Coordinates

NORDREG reports shall be sent to:

Iqaluit MCTS Centre
Telephone: 867-979-5724
Facsimile: 867-979-4264
Telex (Telefax): 063-15529
Telegraphic Identifier: NORDREG CDA
Email: iqanordreg@innav.gc.ca

Operational from approximately mid-May to late December

Prescott MCTS Centre Telephone: 613-925-4471
Facsimile: 613-925-4519
Telex (Telefax): 063-15529
Telegraphic Identifier: NORDREG.CDA
Email: iqanordreg@innav.gc.ca

Operational from approximately late December to mid-May.

3.6.5.12 If bound for a Canadian port:

Pre-Arrival Information Report

The Canadian Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR) requires a Pre-Arrival Information Report (PAIR) to be filed prior to entry into Canadian waters. Message format and contact information is found in PART 4

3.7 Mackenzie River Marine Safety Advisory Procedures

For the purpose of enhancing navigation safety on the Mackenzie River, danger areas have been designated and reporting procedures established for vessels in these areas.

The following Marine Safety Advisory Procedures on the Mackenzie River should be followed by all vessels on the river, and they should report to MCTS Iqaluit before entering, whilst proceeding through, and on leaving the danger zones (1-10) on the river listed below:

  1. Wrigley Harbour to Horn River
    • Downbound traffic reports in at Mile 0 and out at Mile 65.
    • Upbound traffic reports in at Mile 65 and out at Mile 0.
  2. Head of the Line to Fort Simpson
    • Downbound traffic reports in at Mile 130 and reports out at Mile 205.
    • Upbound traffic reports in at Mile 205 and out at Mile 130.
  3. Camsell Bend to Jones Landing
    • Downbound traffic reports in at Mile 282 and out at Mile 325.
    • Upbound traffic reports in at Mile 325 and out at Mile 282.
  4. Blackwater River to Old Fort Point
    • Downbound traffic reports in at Mile 400 and out at Mile 480.
    • Upbound traffic reports in at Mile 480 and out at Mile 400.
  5. Sans Sault Rapids
    • Downbound traffic reports in at Mile 620 and out at Mile 645.
    • Upbound traffic reports in at Mile 645 and out at Mile 620.
  6. Ramparts Rapids
    • Downbound traffic reports in at Mile 667 and out at Mile 680.
    • Upbound traffic reports in at Mile 680 and out at Mile 667.
  7. Oniak Channel
    • Traffic reports in when entering the Oniak Channel from the following channels: Middle Channel, Luker Channel and East Channel.
    • Traffic reports out when leaving the Oniak Channel to the following channels: Middle Channel, Luker Channel and East Channel.
  8. East Channel – Inuvik to Tununuk
    • Downbound traffic reports when leaving Inuvik and out when either entering Oniak Channel or at Mile 1040.
    • Upbound traffic for Inuvik reports in at Mile 1040 or when entering from the Oniak Channel and reports arrival at Inuvik.
  9. East Channel – Kittigazuit
    • Downbound traffic reports in at Mile 1070 and out at the fairway buoy at Mile 1081.
    • Upbound traffic reports in at the fairway buoy at Mile 1081 and out at Mile 1070.
  10. Vessels should also report to Iqaluit MCTS before entering and upon leaving the following restricted channels in the Mackenzie Delta:
    • Aklavik Channel
    • Arctic Red River
    • Husky Channel
    • Napoiak Channel
    • Neklek Channel
    • Peel Channel
    • Peel River
    • Phillips Channel
    • Schooner Channel
    • Tiktalik Channel
    • Tuktoyaktuk Entrance Channel

Mariners should also report in and out of any other restricted channels in the Delta at their own discretion.

All vessels should maintain a continuous radio watch on the Western Arctic Emergency and Calling Frequency, 5803 kHz (SSB), from the time that they reach the first reporting point previous to entering a danger area until the time that they report clear of the danger area.

If contact cannot be made with the Iqaluit MCTS Centre on 5803 kHz, VHF Ch 16 (156.8 MHz) may be used where available either directly or through another ship, for possible relay to the Iqaluit MCTS Centre.

The Safety Advisory calls should consist of the following information:

  1. name of towing vessel and number of barges in the tow and whether riding high or low;
  2. direction of voyage i.e. northbound, southbound, etc.;
  3. danger zone;
  4. mileage;
  5. time; and
  6. remarks.

EXAMPLE:

Iqaluit Coast Guard Radio this is Kitikmeot, southbound with 6 barges riding high, entering Area 6 at Mile 680, 1030 Local estimating Mile 660 at 1530 local, have you any traffic?

If contact cannot be made with Iqaluit MCTS Centre, either directly or through another ship, the vessel shall broadcast her position to advise any vessels in the area.

Iqaluit MCTS Centre
Telephone:867-979-0310
Facsimile: 867-979-4264
Telex (Telefax): 063-15529
Telegraphic Identifier: NORDREG CDA
Email: Iqamck01@innav.gc.ca

3.8 Canada / United States Co-Operative Vessel Traffic Services Agreeement

In 1979, by formal agreement, the Canadian Coast Guard and the United States Coast Guard established the Co-operative Vessel Traffic Services (CVTS) for the Strait of Juan de Fuca region. The purpose of this agreement is to provide for a co-operative system of vessel traffic management in the applicable waters in order to enhance safe and expeditious movement of vessel traffic while minimizing the risk of pollution of the marine environment.

3.8.1 Co-Operative Vessel Traffic Services (CVTS)

Participation with Prince Rupert, Seattle and Victoria Traffic is mandatory within Canadian and United States territorial waters. The CVTS Area of Operation is defined as 124°40W south along the Washington coast to 48°00N then west to 125°15W and north to 48°35’45”N. Inbound vessels are to check in with Prince Rupert Traffic on VHF Channel 74 (156.725 MHz) at either 48°00N or 125°15W prior to entering the traffic separation scheme. An information service such as a vessel’s identity, destination, or other information obtained through the VTS reports and sensors, is available upon request outside of the VTS zone.

3.8.2 Prince Rupert Traffic

West Coast Approaches to Juan de Fuca Strait.

Vessel Traffic Services from 124°40’00W in Juan de Fuca Strait westward to 125°15’00”W, and intersecting to the south to 48°00N from the west coast of Washington State are provided by the Canadian Coast Guard from the Prince Rupert MCTS Centre located in Prince Rupert, BC.

All communications with vessels in these areas will be conducted on VHF Ch 74 (156.725 MHz).

3.8.3 Seattle Traffic

Juan de Fuca Strait

Vessel Traffic Services in the area containing all Canadian and United States waters from 124°40’00’’W which intersects the Canadian and United States shorelines thence easterly through the Juan de Fuca Strait, including all waters south and east of a line from Church Point to Race Rocks light to the intersection of the Canada/United States International boundary to Hein Bank light and bell buoy to Cattle Point, and south of a line from Patos Island to Alden Bank lighted gong buoy "A" and north to the 49th parallel, including the United States Gulf Island waters are provided by the United States Coast Guard from the Puget Sound VTS Center located in Seattle, WA (Seattle Traffic).

All communications with vessels in these areas will be conducted on VHF Ch 05A (156.250 MHz).

3.8.4 Victoria Traffic

Haro Strait and Approaches, Boundary Pass, South Portion Strait of Georgia

Vessel Traffic Services in the area containing all Canadian and United States waters north and east of a line from Church Point to Race Rocks light to the intersection of the Canada/United States International boundary to Hein Bank light and bell buoy to Cattle Point including all of Haro Strait, Boundary Passage and the southern portion of the Strait of Georgia are provided by the Canadian Coast Guard from the Victoria MCTS Centre located at Patricia Bay, BC (Victoria Traffic).

All communications with vessels in these areas will be conducted on VHF Ch 11 (156.55 MHz).

3.9 Tanker Exclusion Zone

A tanker exclusion zone (TEZ) has been established off the Pacific coast of Canada as a result of the discontinuance of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Tanker Routes.

The purpose of the TEZ is to keep laden tankers west of the zone boundary in an effort to protect the shoreline and coastal waters from a potential risk of pollution.

The zone boundary follows the Canada/Alaska border to a point approximately 115 miles west of Langara Island, thence southward to approximately 73 miles southwest of Cape St. James, thence to 40 miles southwest of Amphitrite Point and thence due east to just off Cape Flattery.

The TEZ is defined as follows:

a line from 54°00'00"N 136°17'00"W
thence to 51°05'00"N 132°30'00"W
thence to 48°32'00"N 126°30'00"W
thence to 48°32'00"N 125°09'00"W

Loaded TAPS crude oil tankers transiting along the Pacific coast are requested to remain seaward of this zone boundary.

3.10 Turn Point - Special Operating Area

The Turn Point Special Operating Area (SOA) has been established to enhance order and predictability, the efficient and safe movement of goods and services, and to further reduce the risk of accidents with respect to vessels transiting the boundary waters of Haro Strait and Boundary Passage in the vicinity of Turn Point on Stuart Island, Washington.

The Turn Point SOA consists of those Canadian and United States waters contained within a four (4) sided area connected by the following coordinates:

48°41.324N 123°14.245W (Turn Point Light, LL255/US 19790);
48°42.400N 123°13.967W;
48°41.087N 123°17.631W (Arachne Reef Light, LL254.3);
48°39.732N 123°16.438W (Tom Point Light, LL225).

3.10.1 Application

These procedures apply to all Canadian and United States VTS participant vessels within or approaching the Turn Point SOA from Boundary Passage, southbound for Haro Strait; and from Haro Strait, northbound for Boundary Passage or Swanson Channel, however, they do not apply to vessels southbound out of Swanson Channel.

3.10.2 Movement Procedures

  1. A VTS participant, if towing astern, do so with as short a hawser as safety and good seamanship permits.
  2. A VTS participant of 100 metres or more in length (LOA) will make best efforts consistent with safety and industry practices:
    1. not to enter the Turn Point SOA when another VTS participant of 100 metres or more in length is already located within the SOA, unless;
      1. when following astern a minimum .5NM (5 cables) separation is maintained with the vessel ahead,
      2. when overtaking in the SOA with the concurrence of MCTS Victoria that there is no opposing traffic and a CPA of at least .5NM (5 cables) is maintained,
      3. if outbound from Boundary Pass and meeting an inbound vessel from Haro Strait already in the SOA, enter only after the outbound vessel is past the vector heading of the inbound vessel engaged in the turn and maintain at least a .5NM (5 cables) CPA,
      4. if inbound from Haro Strait and meeting an outbound vessel from Boundary Pass already in the SOA, enter only after the outbound vessel has crossed a bearing line between Turn Point and Arachne Reef and maintain at least a .5NM (5 cables) CPA;
    2. maintain a distance off of Turn Point of at least .3 NM (3 cables).

All VTS participants approaching the Turn Point SOA are expected to make safe passing arrangements with other VTS participants at either Monarch Head or Blunden Islet southbound; and Lime Kiln Light (LL222/US19695) or Kellett Bluff Light (LL229/US19720) northbound. These arrangements should be made no later than reaching CIP 6 at Gowlland Point (LL253/US19800) southbound and approximately abeam Danger Shoal Light and Horn Buoy (US19775) northbound.

Figure 3-1 - Canada/United States Co-operative Vessel Traffic Management System

Canada/United States Co-operative Vessel Traffic Management System - Areas of operation by centre

Text description of Figure 3-1 Canada / United States Co-operative Vessel Traffic Management System can be found in the section 3.8 Canada / United States co-operative vessel traffic services agreement

Figure 3-2 - Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services (NORDREG) Zone

Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services

Text description of Figure 3-2 Northern Vessel Traffic Services (NORDREG) Zones

3.11 Vessel Traffic Services Zone Schedules

3.11.1 Prince Rupert

Table 3-2 - Sectors and Boundaries of Prince Rupert - North

Sectors and Boundaries of Prince Rupert - North
SectorBoundaries
1 All Canadian waters north of Vancouver Island from a line joining Cape Caution light 51°09′50″N 127°47′06″W; to Triangle Island 50°52′00″N 129°05′00″W; thence following a line 220 degrees (T) to the limit of the Territorial Sea; and thence to the Alaska/British Columbia border, but not including those waters described in Sector 2 or mainland inlets and channels outside VHF coverage.
2 All Canadian waters bounded by a line running from Bareside Point 53°54′12″N 130°16′31″W; to Swede Point 53°53′16″N 130°15′35″W. Then following the northern shoreline of Pitt Island to a position of 53°48′03″N 129°58′31″W; thence to a position of 53°48′41.4″N 129°57′07.9″W; thence northward following the mainland shore to a position of 54°09′38″N 129°57′37″W; thence to a position of 54°11′53″N 129°58′51″W; thence northward following the mainland shore to 54°37′57″N 130°26′31″W; thence to a position of 54°38′02″N 130°26′31″W; thence northward along the west shore of Maskelyne Island to Maskelyne Point 54°38′55″N 130°26′42″W; thence to Wales Point 54°42′17″N 130°28′33″W; thence westward along the shore of Wales Island to 54°42′06″N 130°31′47″W; thence to a position of 54°42′27″N 130°36′50″W; thence westward along the International Boundary to Cape Muzon light 54°39′48″N 132°41′30″W; thence westward along the shore of Dall Island to Point Cornwallis light 54°42′12″N 132°52′17″W; thence southward to Langara Point 54°15′23″N 133°03′30″W; thence southward along the west coast of Langara Island to Lacy Island 54°13′18″N 133°05′24″W; thence southward to Cape Knox on Graham Island 54°11′00″N 133°05′00″W; thence eastward along Graham Island shoreline to Rose Spit 54°11′12.5″N 131°38′43″W; thence south-eastward to Seal Rocks 54°00′00″N 130°47′26″W; thence to Oval Point on Porcher Island 53°56′24″N 130°43′15″W, thence eastward following Porcher Island shoreline to Bareside Point.

Note:

Prince Rupert Traffic monitors navigation in the traffic zone using AIS.

Table 3-3 - Identification and Frequencies of Prince Rupert

Identification and Frequencies of Prince Rupert
SectorIdentifierChannelFrequency (MHz)
1 "Prince Rupert Traffic" 11 156.55
2 "Prince Rupert Traffic" 71 156.575

All times shall be given in Pacific Standard Time or Pacific Daylight Saving Time, whichever is in effect.

Table 3-4 Calling-In-Points of Prince Rupert - North

Prince Rupert Calling-In-Points
NumberSectorNameGeneral Description and ConditionsGeographic Description
1A Change Cape Caution 
Cape Sutil
A line joining Cape Caution light to Mexicana Point thence to Cape Sutil.  A line running from 51°09'50"N 127°47'06"W to 50°54'51.96"N 127°59'58.04"W to 50°52'34.23"N 128°3' 7.24"W.
1B 1 Dugout Rocks

A line joining Dugout Rocks light with Cape Calvert.

Mariners bound for Fitz Hugh Sound shall report ETA Dugout Rocks.

A line running from 51°22′01.5″N 127°48′23.5″W; to 51°25′04″N 127°54′16″W
1C 1 Pearl Rocks

A line joining Pearl Rocks with the southern most of the Sorrow Islands and thence Cape Calvert.

Mariners bound for Queen Charlotte Sound via North Passage shall report ETA Pearl Rocks.

A line running from 51°22′00″N 128°00′12″W; to 51°24′33″N 127°55′18″W; thence 51°25′04″N 127°54′16″W
2 1 Fog Rocks Fog Rocks light. A line running 090° - 270° (T) through 51°58′21″N 127°55′02″W
3 1 Walker Island Walker Island light Lama Passage. A line running 090° - 270° (T) through 52°05′58″N 128°06′55″W
4 1 Barba Point A line joining Barba Point and Boscowitz Point. A line running from 52°16′11″N 127°44′55″W; to 52°16′06″N 127°47′00″W
5 1 Idol Point A line joining Idol Point light to Graven Point. A line running from 52°14′19″N 128°16′31″W; to 52°15′27″N 128°13′19″W
6 1 Freeman Point

Freeman Point light.

If northbound, mariners shall report ETA Boat Bluff light and Ditmars Point.

Mariners shall advise if intending to transit Hiekish Narrows.

A line running 090° - 270° (T) through 52°33′11.5″N 128°29′18″W
7 1 Ditmars Point

Ditmars Point.

If southbound, mariners shall report ETA Boat Bluff light and Freeman Point.

A line running 090° - 270° (T) through 52°43′48″N 12° 34′12″W
8 1 Griffin Point

Griffin Point light.

If northbound, mariners shall report which side of Work Island they intend to transit.

If southbound, mariners shall advise if intending to transit Hiekish Narrows.

A line running 090° - 270° (T) through 53°03′56″N 128°32′54″W
9 1 Kingcome Point

A line joining Kingcome Point light and Angler Cove.

If southbound, mariners shall report which side of Work Island they intend to transit.

A line running from 53°17′57″N 128°54′23″W; to 53°18′44″N 128°53′17″W
10 1 Money Point

Money Point light.

Mariners bound for Kitimat shall report an ETA for Emilia Island light.

A line running 090° - 270° (T) through 53°22′55″N 129°09′50″W
11 1 Sainty Point

A line joining Sainty Point light and Yolk Point.

If northbound, mariners shall report an ETA for Tom Island light and Pitt Island light.

A line running from 53°22′18″N 129°18′40″W; to 53°21′47″N 129°20′00″W
12 1 Pitt Island light

Pitt Island light.

If southbound, mariners shall report an ETA for Tom Island light and Sainty Point light.

A line running 045° - 225° (T) through 53°42′00″N 129°48′38″W
13A Change Baker Inlet A line across Grenville Channel from Baker Inlet light. A line running 052° - 232° (T) through 53°48′41.4″N 129°57′07.9″W
13B Change Swede Point A line across Ogden Channel joining Bareside Point and Swede Point. A line joining 53°54′12″N 130°16′31″W; and 53°53′16″N 130°15′35″W
14A 2 Lawyer Islands A line joining Hunt Point and Lawyer Islands. A line joining 54°06′11″N 130°24′54″W; to 54°06′36″N 130°20′12″W
14B 2 Genn Islands A line joining Lawyer Islands and Hazel Point. A line joining 54°06′36″N 130°20′12″W, to 54°07′03″N 130°14′39″W
15A 2 Petrel Rock A line from Digby Island to West Kinahan Island. A line running 180° (T) from 54°15′33″N 130°25′00″W; to 54°12′30″N 130°25′00″W
15B 2 Greentop Islet A line from West Kinahan Island to a position near Greentop Islet. A line running from 54°12′30″N 130°25′00″W; to 54°10′40″N 130°25′00″W
15C 2 Holland Rock A line from a position near Greentop Islet to Kitson Island. A line running from 54°10′40″N 130°25′00″W; to 54°10′40″N 130°19′00″W
16 2 Lucy Islands A line from Lucy Islands light to Tugwell Island. A line running from 54°17′46″N 130°36′25″W; to 54°19′10″N 130°30′54″W
17 2 Pillsbury Point A line joining Pillsbury Point and Tobey Point. A line running from 54°17′58″N 130°21′05″W; to 54°17′58″N 130°22′55″W
18 2 Edye Passage A 3 NM arc centered on Table Point. Mariners are encouraged to call at Gull Rocks when entering or exiting Edye Passage. An arc centered on 54°03′49″N 130°31′55″W; Radius 3 nautical miles bearing from seaward 137° - 233° (T)
19 2 Wales Point A line joining Wales Point to Maskelyne Point. A line running from 54°42′17″N 130°28′33″W; to 54°38′55″N 130°26′42″W
20A 2 Butterworth Rocks

A line from Jacinto Point light to Butterworth Rocks light thence to Seal Rocks light.

Mariners shall report routing if not using Brown Passage.

A line running from 54°34′47″N 131°04′30″W; to 54°14′08″N 130°58′30″W, thence 54°00′00″N 130°47′26″W
20B Change Seal Rocks A line joining Seal Rocks light to Oval Point on Porcher Island. A line running from 54°00′00″N 130°47′26″W; to 53°56′24″N 130°43′15″W
21 Change Rose Spit Seal Rocks A line joining Rose Spit with Seal Rock light. A line running from 54°11′12.5″N 131°38′43″W; to 54°00′00″N 130°47′26″W
22 2 Rose Spit A line extending 000° (True) from Rose Spit to the International Boundary. A line running 000° (T) from 54°11′12.5″N 131°38′43″W; to the International Boundary
23 2 International Boundary Dixon Entrance

A line following the International Boundary between Alaska, USA and British Columbia, Canada between Cape Muzon light and Wales Island.

Mariners shall report whether their route is through Holliday Passage, Oriflamme Passage or Main Passage when transiting Chatham Sound.

A line running from 54°39′48″N 132°41′30″W; to 54°42′06″N 130°31′47″W
24 Change Langara Point / Point Cornwallis A line joining Langara Point light and Point Cornwallis. A line running from 54°15′23″N 133°03′30″W; to 54°42′12″N 132°52′17″W
25 1 Langara Island A line extending 220° (True) from Langara Point light to the limit of the Territorial Sea. A line running 220° (T) from 54°15′23″N 133°03′30″W; to the limit of the Territorial Sea
26 1 Tasu Sound

A line extending 220° (True) from Davidson Point light to the limit of the Territorial Sea.

Mariners shall report at Davidson Point entering or exiting Tasu Sound.

A line running 220° (T) from 52°44 32″N 132°06 42″W; to the limit of the Territorial Sea
27 1 Cape St. James A line extending 220° (True) from Cape St. James light to the limit of the Territorial Sea. A line running 220° (T) from 51°56′10″N 131°00′52″W; to the limit of the Territorial Sea
28 1 McInnes Island Cape St. James A line joining McInnes Island light and Cape St. James light. A line running from 52°15′42″N 128°43′13″W; to 51°56′10″N 131°00′52″W
29 1 Cape Mark McInnes Island A line from Cape Mark light to McInnes Island light. A line running from 52°08′59″N 128°32′18″W; to 52°15′42″N 128°43′13″W
30 1 Bonilla Island Sandspit A line joining Bonilla Island sector light and Sandspit aeronautical beacon. A line running from 53°29′34″N 130°38′09″W; to 53°15′10″N 131°48′48″W
31 1 Lawn Point A 3 NM arc centered on Lawn Point. An arc centered on 53°25′29.7″N 131°54′50.2″W; Radius 3 nautical miles, bearing from seaward 180° - 000° (T)
32 1 White Rocks A line joining Browning Entrance light to Hankin Rock light. A line running from 53°38′05″N 130°33′48″W; to 53°42′28″N 130°24′36″W
33 1 Duckers islands

A line joining Duckers Islands light to Dupont Island light.

If northbound, mariners shall report whether route is through Squally Channel or Whale Channel.

A line running from 52°55′31.4″N 129°11′28.5″W; to 52°56′23.3″N 129°26′10.2″W
34 1 Wilson Rock A line across Laredo Channel through Wilson Rock. A line running 232° - 052° (T) through 52°40′00″N 128°57′55″W
35 Change Triangle Island A line extending 220° (True) from Triangle Island to the limit of the Territorial Sea. A line running 220° (T) from 50°52′00″N 129°05′00″W; to 50°42′11″N 129°18′00″W
36 Change Cape Scott A line joining Cape Scott light with Triangle Island. A line running from 50°46’57”N 128°25’32”W to 50°52’00”N 129°05’00”W

Figure 3-3 Vessel Traffic Services - Prince Rupert North - Sector 1

Prince Rupert - Vessel Traffic Services - Sector 1

The map portrayed in Figure 3-3 is of Sector 1 of the Prince Rupert MCTS VTS Zone as described in detail in the following three tables: Sectors and Boundaries, Identification and Frequencies, and Calling-In-Points.

Figure 3-4 - Vessel Traffic Services - Prince Rupert North - Sector 2

Prince Rupert - Vessel Traffic Services - Sector 2

The map portrayed in Figure 3-4 is of Sector 2 of the Prince Rupert MCTS VTS Zone as described in detail in the following three tables: Sectors and BoundariesIdentification and Frequencies, and Calling-In-Points.

Table 3-5 Sectors and Boundaries for Prince Rupert - South

Prince Rupert Sectors and Boundaries
SectorBoundaries
1 The following describes all Canadian waters which are contained in the Prince Rupert Vessel Traffic Services Zone excluding those United States waters within that portion of the Canada/United States Co-operative Vessel Traffic Management System (CVTMS) administered by the Prince Rupert Vessel Traffic Centre bounded by a line drawn from: 48°28’36”N 124°40’00”W, to 48°34’58”N 124°40’00”W, thence following the shoreline to 48°40’00”N 124°51’00”W, to 48°40’11.5”N 124°51’29”W, thence following the shoreline to 48°43’18”N 125°05’54”W, to 48°47’16”N 125°12’59.5”W thence following the shoreline to 48°53’03”N 125°04’24”W, to 48°56’00”N 125°01’50.5”W thence following the shoreline to 48°56’51”N 125°00’02.5”W to 48°57’28”N 124°59’15”W, thence following the shoreline to 49°14’27”N 124°48’46”W, to 49°14’27”N 124°50’13.5”W thence following the shoreline to 49°04’13.5”N 124°51’16”W, to 49°03’20.5”N 124°51’44”W, thence following the shoreline to 48°59’03”N 124°57’54”W, to 48°58’41”N 124°59’34”W, thence following the shoreline to 48°57’19”N 125°01’50”W, to 48°57’57”N 125°04’50.5”W to 48°59’06”N 125°09’39.5”W to 48°58’48”N 125°10’57”W, thence following the shoreline to 49°00’59.5”N 125°18’39”W, to 49°01’54”N 125°19’26.5”W thence following the shoreline to 48°55’18”N 125°30’29”W, to 48°55’18”N 125°32’06.5”W thence following the shoreline to 49°05’41”N 125°53’18”W, to 49°17’03”N 126°13’44”W, to 49°23’00”N 126°32’34”W, to 49°44’57”N 126°58’54”W, to 49°51’35”N 127°08’56”W, to 49°59’49”N 127°27’06”W, to 50°04’48”N 127°48’47”W, thence following the shoreline to 50°13’14”N 127°47’54”W, to 50°19’28”N 127°58’26”W, thence following the shoreline to 50°21’09”N 127°59’27.5”W to 50°26’38”N 128°02’43.5”W to 50°28’11”N 128°06’05”W, thence following the shoreline to 50°38’23.5”N 128°19’35”W, to 50°40’15”N 128°21’40”W, thence following the shoreline to 50°46’57”N 128°25’32”W, to 50°52’00”N 129°05’00”W, thence following a line 220° (T) to the limit of the Territorial Sea 50°42’11”N 129°18’00”W, thence following the Territorial Sea Boundary south eastward to intersect the International boundary at 48°28’36”N 124°40’00”W, thence a line Northward to the Canadian shoreline at 48°34’58”N 124°40’00”W.

Note:

Prince Rupert Traffic monitors navigation in the traffic zone using radar and AIS.

Table 3-6 - Identification and Frequencies for Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert Identification and Frequencies
SectorIdentifierChannelFrequency (MHz)
1 "Prince Rupert Traffic" 74 156.725

All times shall be given in Pacific Standard Time or Pacific Daylight Saving Time whichever is in effect.

Table 3-7 - Calling-In-Points for Prince Rupert South

Prince Rupert South Calling-In-Points
NumberSectorNameGeneral Description and ConditionsGeographic Description
1 1 Zone Limit

A line running north along the meridian 124°40'00"W from the International Boundary to the Vancouver Island shoreline.

Administered by Seattle and Prince Rupert Traffic (CVTS).

 
2 1 Cape Beale

A line joining Cape Beale light with Amphitrite Point light.

Mariners shall indicate whether their course is through Trevor Channel, Imperial Eagle Channel or Loudoun Channel.

A line joining 48°47’13”N 125°12’51”W to 48°55’17”N 125°32’23”W.
3 1 Chup Point A line joining Chup Point with Mutine Point. A line joining 48°57’20”N 125°01’37”W to 48°56’33”N 125°01’06”W.
4 1 Ten Mile Point A line extending 256° (True) from Ten Mile Point light to the opposite shore of Alberni Inlet. A line extending 256° (T) from 49°03’34”N 124°50’22”W to 49°03’20.5”N 124°51’44”W.
5 1 Dunsmuir Point A line extending 090° (True) from Dunsmuir Point light to the opposite shore of Alberni Inlet. A line extending 090° (T) from 49°09’16”N 124°48’26”W to 49°09’16”N 124°47’42”W.
6 1 Amphitrite Point A line extending 220° (True) from Amphitrite Point light to the limit of the Territorial Sea. A line extending 220° (T) from 48°55’17”N 125°32’23”W to 48°46’06”N 125°44’02”W.
7 1 Estevan Point A line extending 220° (True) from Estevan Point light to the limit of the Territorial Sea. A line extending 220° (T) from 49°23’00”N 126°32‘32”W to 49°13’47”N 126°44’25.5”W.
8 1 Nootka Sound A line joining Estevan Point light and Bajo Point. A line joining 49°23’00”N 126°32’32”W to 49°37’06”N 126°49’35”W.
9 1 Esperanza Inlet A line joining Ferrer Point and Tatchu Point. A line joining 49°44’57”N 126°58’54”W to 49°51’35”N 127°08’56”W.
10 1 Solander Island A line extending 220° (True) from Solander Island light to the limit of the Territorial Sea. A line extending 220° (T) from 50°06’40.5”N 127°56’17”W to 49°57’26”N 128°08’16”W.
11 1 Kains Island (Quatsino Sound) A line joining Kwakiutl Point and Cape Parkins. A line joining 50°21’09”N 127°59’27.5”W to 50°26’38”N 128°02’43.5”W.
12 1 Cape Scott Triangle Island A line extending 281° (True) from Cape Scott light, passing through Cox and Lanz Islands to Triangle Island. A line extending 281° (T) from 50°46’57”N 128°25’32”W to 50°52’00”N 129°05’00”W.
13 1 Zone Limit A line extending 220° (True) from Triangle Island to the limit of the Territorial Sea. A line extending 220° (T) from 50°52’00”N 129°05’00”W to 50°42’11”N 129°18’00”W.

Figure 3-5 Vessel Traffic Services – Prince Rupert South – Sector 1

Tofino - Vessel Traffic Services

The map portrayed in Figure 3-5 is of the Prince Rupert South MCTS VTS Zone as described in detail in the following three tables: Sectors and BoundariesIdentification and Frequencies, and Calling-In-Points.

3.11.2 Victoria

Table 3-8 Sectors and Boundaries for Victoria

Victoria Sectors and Boundaries
SectorBoundaries
1 All Canadian waters north of and included within a line from the shoreline of Vancouver Island at 48°34′58″N 124°40′00″W; southward along the meridian of longitude 124°40′00″W, to a point which intersects the International Boundary; thence following the International Boundary eastward and northward through the waters known as the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Haro Strait, Boundary Passage, and the Strait of Georgia to a point which intersects the Canadian shoreline at 49°00′00″N 123°05′20″W; thence to Roberts Bank light 49°05′16″N 123°18′31.5″W; thence to Sandheads light 49°06′23″N 123°18′04″W; thence to the Iona breakwater light 49°12′18″N 123°15′50″W; thence 270° (T) 6.6 nautical miles to 49°12′18″N 123°25′53″W; thence 000° (T) 8.15 nautical miles to Cape Roger Curtis light 49°20′24″N 123°25′53″W; thence 303° (T) 4.8 nautical miles to Gower Point 49°23′01″N 123°32′06″W; thence following the shoreline to a line joining Reception Point light 49°28′15.9″N 123°53′12″W; to Merry Island light 49°28′03.5″N 123°54′40″W; to Ballenas Island light 49°21′02″N 124°09′32″W; to Cottam Point 49°18′57″N 124°12′45″W.
2 All Canadian waters of the south or main arm of the Fraser River east of the Sandheads light 49°06′23″N 123°18′04″W; to a line running 090° (T) from Shoal Point 49°11′45″N 122°54′51″W, to the opposite south shore.
3 All Canadian waters contained north and east of a line from the Iona breakwater light, 49°12′18″N 123°15′50″W; thence 270° (T) 6.6 nautical miles to 49°12′18″N 123°25′53″W; thence 000° (T) 8.15 nautical miles to Cape Roger Curtis light 49°20′24″N 123°25′53″W; thence 303° (T) 4.8 nautical miles to Gower Point 49°23′01″N 123°32′06″W; including all the waters of Howe Sound and Burrard Inlet.
4 All Canadian waters bounded on the south by a line from Reception Point light, 49°28′15.9″N 123°53′12″W; to Merry Island light 49°28′03.5″N 123°54′40″W; to Ballenas Island light 49°21′02″N 124°09′32″W; to Cottam Point 49°18′57″N 124°12′45″W; and bounded on the north by a line from Cape Scott light 50°46′57″N 128°25′32″W; to 50°52′00″N 129°05′00″W; to Cape Caution light 51°09′50″N 127°47′06″W.

Note:

Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver Traffic monitor navigation in the traffic zone using radar and AIS. Comox Traffic monitors navigation in the traffic zone using AIS.

Table 3-9 - Identification and Frequencies for Victoria

Victoria Identification and Frequencies
SectorIdentifierChannelFrequency (MHz)
1 "Seattle Traffic" (CIP 1, 3, 5, and 8) 05A 156.25
1 "Victoria Traffic" 11 156.55
2 "Victoria Traffic" 74 156.725
3 "Victoria Traffic" 12 156.6
4 "Comox Traffic" 71 156.575

All times shall be given in Pacific Standard Time or Pacific Daylight Saving Time whichever is in effect.

3.11.2.1 Special Operating Procedures

Outbound Vessels at Brotchie Ledge

Pilots are requested to advise Victoria Traffic of the outbound vessel's ETA for Race Rocks, when possible.

Point Grey / Point Atkinson

Inbound vessels will initiate a broadcast at a line joining Point Grey/Point Atkinson indicating an ETA for First Narrows. (Vancouver Traffic will only respond if there is traffic to report.)

Table 3-10 Calling-In-Points for Victoria

Victoria Calling-In-Points
NumberSectorNameGeneral Description and ConditionsGeographic Description

1
Change Zone Limit

A line running north along the meridian 124 40 00W from the International Boundary to the Vancouver Island shoreline.

Administered by Seattle and Prince Rupert Traffic (CVTS).

A line running north from 48°28’36”N 124°40’00”W to 48°34’58”N 124°40’00”W.
3 Change Race Rocks

A line running 090° -270° (True) through Race Rocks light.

Administered by Seattle and Victoria Traffic (CVTS).

A line running 090° - 270° (T) through 48°17′54″N 123°31′54″W
4 1 Buoy "VH" A line running 000° -180° (True) through buoy "VH". A line running 000° -180° (T) through 48°22′32″N 123°23′29″W
5 Change Hein Bank

Arrow indicating change or addition since RAMN 2012 Annual Publication→ A line joining Hein Bank with Cattle Point light, San Juan Island.

Administered by Seattle & Victoria Traffic (CVTS).

A line running from 48°22′00″N 123°02′01″W, to 48°27′03″N 122°57′45″W
6 1 Turn Point 3 NM before reaching Turn Point light. A circle centered on 48°41′20″N 123°14′10″W, Radius 3 nautical miles
7 1 East Point

A line joining East Point light, Saturna Island with Patos Island light.

Mariners are encouraged to call 3NM from East Point light when entering or exiting Boundary Pass.

A line running from 48°47′00″N 123°02′42″W, to 48°47′24″N 122°58′13″W
8 Change Patos Island

A line joining, Patos Island light with Alden Bank light and gong buoy "A".

Administered by Seattle & Victoria Traffic (CVTS).

A line running from 48°47′24″N 122°58′13″W, to 48°50′24″N 122°52′32″W
9 1 At Portlock Point At Portlock Point. A line running 090° - 270° (T) through 48°49′41″N 123°21′02″W
10 1 Peile Point At Peile Point light. A line running 045° - 225° (T) through 48°51′00″N 123°24′14″W
11 1 Active Pass

Approaching from the Strait of Georgia, 3NM Northeast of Georgina Point light.

Entering Strait of Georgia when clear of Active Pass.

An arc centered on 48°52′24.5″N 123°17′24.5″W Radius 3 nautical miles
12 Change Sandheads At Sandheads light. A line running 000° - 180° (T) through 49°06′23″N 123°18′04″W
12A 2 Woodward Island (Crown Forest) At Woodward Island light at N.E. end of Island. A line running 000° - 180° (T) through 49°06′23.5″N 123°07′29.5″W
12B 2 La Farge At La Farge Cement Plant. A line running 157° - 337° (T) through 49°09′16.5″N 123°00′15″W
12C Change Shoal Point
Zone Limit
At Shoal Point.
Limit of Sector 2 – Victoria Traffic.
A line running 090° - 270° (T) through 49°11′45″N 122°54′51″W
13 1 West Porlier Pass 3 NM before entry to or after exit from Porlier Pass. An arc centered on Virago Rock Sector light LL. 289.3, 49°00′46.5″N 123°35′29.5″W, Radius 3 nautical miles on a line of bearing from seaward 350° - 130° (T)
14 1 East Porlier Pass 3 NM before entry to or after exit from Porlier Pass. An arc centered on Virago Rock Sector light LL. 289.3, 49°00′46.5″N 123°35′29.5″W, Radius 3 nautical miles on a line of bearing from seaward 180° - 265° (T)
15A Change Iona A line due west of the Iona Breakwater light intersecting with Cape Roger Curtis line (15B). A line running from 49°12′18″N 123°15′50″W, to 49°12′18″N 123°25′53″W
15B Change Cape Roger Curtis A line due south of Cape Roger Curtis intersecting with Iona Breakwater light line (15A). A line running from 49°12′18″N 123°25′53″W, to 49°20′24″N 123°25′53″W
15C Change Gower Point A line joining Cape Roger Curtis and Gower Point. A line running from 49°20′24″N 123°25′53″W, to 49°23′01″N 123°32′06″W
16 3 Halkett Point A line joining Halkett Point and the mainland at a point south of Lions Bay. A line running 090° - 270° (T) from 49°26′43″N 123°19′12″W, to the mainland shoreline
17 3 Grace Island A line joining Grace Island light and the mainland at a point south of Langdale. A line running 090° - 270° (T) from 49°25′50″N 123°26′48″W, to the mainland shoreline
18 3 Cowan Point Point Atkinson A line joining Cowan Point light on Bowen Island with Point Atkinson light on the mainland. A line running from 49°20′08.5″N 123°21′34.5″W, to 49°19′50″N 123°15′48″W
19 3 Dundarave

2 NM west of Lions Gate Bridge.

Eastbound only report.

A line running 000° - 180° (T) through buoy "QB" 49°19′02.5″N 123°12′00″W
20 3 Vanterm

A line joining the west end of Vancouver Ocean Terminals with the east end of Burrard Yarrows Corporation Dry Dock.

Outbound vessel traffic will be given First Narrows advisory at Vanterm (CIP 20).

Vessel traffic departing west of CIP 20 will be given First Narrows advisory on departure.

Outbound vessels broadcast position at Burnaby Shoal. An updated traffic advisory will be given as required.

A line running 358° - 178° (T) from 49°17′23″N 123°04′33″W, to 49°18′21″N 123°04′37″W
21 3 Berry Point

A line running 000° -180° (True) from Berry Point light to intersect the opposite north shoreline.

Westbound only report.

A line running 000° - 180° (T)from 49°17′43″N 122°59′09″W
22 3 Roche Point At Roche Point light. A line running 000° - 180° (T) through 49°18′02.5″N 122°57′17″W
23 1 Entrance Island/ Five Fingers Island A line joining Entrance Island light and Five Fingers Island. A line running from 49°12′34″N 123°48′25″W, to 49°13′53″N 123°54′52″W
24 Change Ballenas Island Merry Island Welcome Passage

A line joining Ballenas Island light and Merry Island light; thence Reception Point light.

When northbound, mariners shall indicate whether their route is through Malaspina Strait via Epsom Pt or Welcome Passage, Sabine Channel, Stevens Passage, West of Sisters Island or Ballenas Channel.

A line running from

49°28′15.9″N 123°53′12″W to

49°28′03.5″N 123°54′40″W to

49°21′02″N 124°09′32″W to

49°18′57″N 124°12′45″W

25 4 Cape Lazo Powell River

A line joining Cape Lazo light and Powell River Breakwater South Entrance South light.

When southbound, mariners shall indicate whether their route is through Malaspina Strait via Epsom Pt or Welcome Passage, Sabine Channel, Stevens Passage, West of Sisters Island or Ballenas Channel.

A line running from 49°42′24.5″N 124°51′41.5″W, to 49°51′36.9″N 124°33′05.7″W
26 4 Cape Mudge

At Cape Mudge light.

If northbound, mariners shall report ETA for Steep Island and Maud Island light.

A line running 090° - 270° (T) through 49°59′56″N 125°11′38″W
27 4 Steep Island

At Steep Island light.

If northbound, mariners shall report ETA for Separation Head and update Maud Island light ETA if any change.

A line running 050° - 230° (T) through 50°04′45″N 125°15′06″W
28 4 Separation Head

At Separation Head.

If southbound, mariners shall report ETA for Steep Island and update Maud Island light ETA if any change.

A line running 090° - 270° (T) through 50°10′51″N 125°21′02″W
29 4 Cinque Island

At Cinque Island light.

If southbound, mariners shall report ETA for Separation Head and Maud Island light.

A line running 090° - 270° (T) through 50°17′44″N 125°23′59.5″W
30 4 Ripple Point Ripple Point light. A line running 000° - 180° (T) through 50°22′05″N 125°34′42″W
31 4 Vansittart Point Vansittart Point light. A line running 000° - 180° (T) through 50°22′37″N 125°44′31″W
32 4 Fanny Island Fanny Island light. A line running 045° - 225° (T) through 50°27′13″N 125°59′30″W
33 4 Boat Bay Boat Bay light. A line running 000° - 180° (T) through 50°31′11″N 126°34′37″W
34 4 Lizard Point

Lizard Point light.

When northbound at Lizard Point, mariners shall indicate whether their route is through Goletas Channel, Gordon Channel, Ripple Passage or Richards Channel.

A line running 045° - 225° (T) through 50°40′17.5″N 126°53′36″W
35 4 Lewis Point Lewis Point light. A line running 000° - 180° (T) through 50°33′07″N 126°51′10″W
36 4 Pulteney Point

3 NM north of Pulteney Point light.

When southbound, call 3NM before Pulteney Point light.

When northbound, call at Pulteney Point light, mariners shall indicate whether their route is through Goletas Channel, Gordon Channel, Ripple Passage or Richards Channel.

An arc centered on 50°37′51″N 127°09′12″W, Radius 3 nautical miles
37 4 Doyle Island Doyle Island light. A line running 045° - 225° (T) through 50°48′20″N 127°27′32″W
38 4 Pine Island Pine Island light. A line running 045° - 225° (T) through 50°58′33″N 127°43′35″W
39 Change Cape Caution Triangle Island

A line joining Cape Caution light with Triangle Island.

When southbound at Cape Caution, mariners shall indicate whether their route is through Scott Channel, Goletas Channel (Nahwitti Bar), Gordon Channel (Pine Island), Bolivar Passage, Ripple Passage or Richards Channel.

A line running from 51°09′50″N 127°47′06″W, to 50°52′00″N 129°05′00″W

Figure 3-6 - Vessel Traffic Services - Vancouver - Sector 1

Vancouver - Vessel Traffic Services - Sector 1 - Administered by Victoria Traffic

The map portrayed in Figure 3-6 is of Sector 1 of the Vancouver MCTS VTS Zone as described in detail in the following three tables: Sectors and BoundariesIdentification and Frequencies, and Calling-In-Points.

Figure 3-7 - Vessel Traffic Services - Vancouver - Sector 2 & 3

Vancouver Vessel Traffic Services Sector 2 & 3. Sector 2 Administered by Victoria Traffic. Sector 3 Administered by Vancouver Traffic

The map portrayed in Figure 3-7 is of Sector 2 and 3 of the Vancouver MCTS VTS Zone as described in detail in the following three tables: Sectors and BoundariesIdentification and Frequencies, and Calling-In-Points.

Figure 3-8 Vessel Traffic Services - Vancouver - Sector 4

Vancouver - Vessel Traffic Services - Sector 4 - Administered by Comox Traffic

The map portrayed in Figure 3-8 is of Sector 4 of the Vancouver MCTS VTS Zone as described in detail in the following three tables: Sectors and BoundariesIdentification and Frequencies, and Calling-In-Points