Vancouver Traffic was the first Traffic Regulating Zone in the Pacific Region and was formerly known as Vessel Traffic Management (VTM). Vessel Traffic Management then became Vessel Traffic Services and now the combined services (Coast Guard Radio and VTS) known as MCTS. There is one traffic position, one safety position and one supervisory position. Boundaries are described in the Radio Aids to Marine Navigation - Pacific and Western Arctic.
Vancouver MCTS today is the amalgamation of Vancouver Traffic and Vancouver Coast Guard Radio. Vancouver Radio (VAI) having existed at various locations since the 1930's and Vancouver Traffic coming into existence January 1st., 1974.
Co-located with Vancouver MCTS is the RMIC (Regional Marine Information Centre) which provides shipping information, message distribution services, notice to shipping creation/distribution and pollution reporting services.
Area of Responsibility:
Communication Sites Located at:
For Distress/Safety/Radio Services call Vancouver CG Radio.
For Vessel Traffic Services call Vancouver Traffic.
Vancouver MCTS Centre
Canadian Coast Guard
Suite 2380, PO Box 12107
555 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 4N6
For Information on Notices to Shipping:
Call Sign: VAS
Maritime Mobile Service Identity Number: 00 316 0010
MCTS Vancouver/VAS - Ship/shore Communications:
MCTS Centre Frequency and Broadcast Information: