Welcome to PortTalk

Welcome to PortTalk, our online consultation tool for connecting with people in the communities in which we operate. This platform provides a convenient way for you to take part in port-led consultations and ask us questions about port activities.

To find out more about operations and projects not in active consultation, please go to our main website.

PortTalk is hosted and administered by an independent agency on behalf of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, to maintain your anonymity. Click here to read the full privacy policy.

Welcome to PortTalk, our online consultation tool for connecting with people in the communities in which we operate. This platform provides a convenient way for you to take part in port-led consultations and ask us questions about port activities.

To find out more about operations and projects not in active consultation, please go to our main website.

PortTalk is hosted and administered by an independent agency on behalf of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, to maintain your anonymity. Click here to read the full privacy policy.

Thank you for visiting the Community Q & A. Your questions are important to us and we encourage you post your questions on any topics that interest you about the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. You may also call us at 604-665-9004.

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  • While on the water February 2nd at night i observed an anchored deep sea vessel emitting a flashing green light on its radar arch. I've never seen such a navigation light before and was wondering if you could help me out in determining its use.

    joe_f asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for contacting us. Do you remember what ship this was? We would like to follow up with the ship's agent to find out more about the flashing green light, as international ships sometimes have different signals and uses.

  • It's 4am and I hear a constant alarm faint in the background. It's loud enough to keep me awake. Ive heard this before. It's constant and isn't going off. What the heck is this and how do we get you guys to turn it down?!! I live on Frances and Commercial.

    Siren asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for contacting us. The sirens coming from port terminals are routine and alert workers that a train will be coming on to the terminal. Due to the fact that the rail cars come directly on to the docks, the sirens serve a safety function to warn the staff to be extra careful about the moving rail cars. You can find out more about the ways that we manage port noise on our website

  • I found out AFTER buying a waterfront home in the District of North Van that there is a moratorium on recreational docks (for existing residences) which has been in place for 9 years now. After almost 6 years of living here, you can imagine my frustration, as I bought the property to be able to enjoy a certain lifestyle. Is there any change on this moratorium situation as of yet? (The last post on here was 8 months ago.) Why should the waterfront lifestyle that my neighbours enjoy be denied to my family? We pay our property taxes and all fees required of us. Am I at least allowed to share an existing dock with a neighbour (via mutal legal agreement/easement)? (Assuming a neighbour will even want to help this way!) If so, where can I find out more about this procedure? I am hoping somebody there will be compassionate toward a fellow taxpayer and human being, and put yourself in my shoes and offer me some help or advice. I just want be able to relax and enjoy some quality time with my family after working so hard to be able to live in such a beautiful area. Many thanks in advance. Looking forward to your reply!

    Nikki_F asked 3 months ago

    Thanks for contacting PortTalk. Unfortunately, the moratorium on new recreational docks continues. An application to share a dock with your neighbour would require a new joint application, which we cannot process because of the ongoing moratorium. We apologize for the delay and inconvenience it has caused you, and will keep you updated with any changes.

  • Dear Sir/Madam, Hi there. I am greeting you from Azerbaijan, Baku city. My name is Khudaverdi and I am almost 27 years old. I have finished petroleum engineering department in Azerbaijan state oil academy in Azerbaijan, Baku city and I am working in one of the British petroleum`s contracting company in my country, now. I am working at BP supply-port and responsible of the cargoes/units receiving and delivering to relevant disposal destinations. I know English and Russian languages very well. I want you to help me to come and work at your workplace and increase my future work career in port of Vancouver, Canada. I also can send my CV resume and other relevant documents for your attentions. Please help me in this matter and I will do my best to work very hard in your workplace and be a good worker there. I have got the IELTS (international English langauges testing system) certificate and this is because of tested my English ability. I am ensuring you that, you will say YES, while you interview me only one time. I hope you will read my email and reply me back as soon as possible. Thanks, yours sincerely, Khudaverdi.

    Khudaverdi asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for contacting PortTalk. If you are interested in careers at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, please visit the Careers section of our website.

  • I reside at 2277 Wall Street and I have noticed the demolition of the Worldwide Seafood. What is the plan for the future of that lot? When is demolition expected to be complete? Thank you!

    GD asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for contacting us, and we apologize for the delay in getting back to you. There are currently no plans for the lot, as we have not yet received any suitable applications from potential tenants. The demolition of the building and restoration and remediation of the site is expected to continue until next summer.

  • My husband has got the letter from port authority of Canada. They asked to submit all the documents in original to get the port pass. If it is safe to submit all the documents in original.

    Inderdeep asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Please contact the port pass office directly at MTSC_PortPass@portvancouver.com or call 604-665-9661 in order to ensure that your inquiry is answered correctly, as there are different requirements for different types of passes.

  • Is there any information available concerning the regulations around log boom storage on the Fraser River. Things such as where are the allowed/not allowed. How far into the river they can be. As a recreational boater there seems to be no places along the North Arm of the Fraser where a boat can stay for a couple hours without being hassled by tugs trying to put log booms in. I understand their right to work, and I do not want to get in their way, but they seem to claim ownership of the entire river at times. Just trying to get some clarification

    mpgyvr asked 7 months ago

    Within the port authority's jurisdiction, there are certain areas that are designated for log storage. You can get a general idea of where the areas are by looking at the maps on pages 56 and 58 of the port's Land Use Plan. The areas shaded in light purple are designated for log storage. However, in order to store log booms, a company must lease the water lot from the port authority. To identify whether a waterlot lease exists for a certain area, we would need to know the exact location in question; you can contact us directly at 604.665.9075 for further information. Thanks again for contacting PortTalk.

  • I recently moved into the neighbourhood and I've noticed a persistent noise in the distance. At first I thought it was a neighbour's noisy clothes dryer but then I realized it never stops and it's coming from outside. What is this noise? It almost sounds like machine noise/a large fan?

    TVB asked 7 months ago

    Thanks for contacting us. Can you let us know approximately where you live?

  • In response to your response about the lighting. Our building is located at 2211 wall st. @ McGill. These lights in question are relatively new, I believe the were either installed or turned on for the first time when the dredging was taking place. The building between us and the lights is the Worldwide Seafoods processing plant. And unfortunately about 2 stories to short of blocking out those lights. Cheers

    PatC asked 7 months ago

    Hello Pat, thank you for your patience. We spoke to Viterra and the main lights you are seeing are connected to dredging work (removing silt/sand) in order to deepen the basin. This dredging work will allow for appropriate sized ships to dock at the terminal. The work will continue until the end of this week. Unfortunately, you will continue to see the same level of lighting at night until then. Once that work is complete, the terminal has agreed to try to dim lighting that may be occurring on their terminal from the ship loader. Let us know if the situation improves by the end of the week, and we will re-assess the lighting situation at that time. We hope you find this information helpful.

  • Why am I hearing an alarm today at 3:30 am? I also see a red flashing light from my home nearby.

    Marion asked 7 months ago

    We have been advised by Cargill that an electrical fire occurred at their North Vancouver terminal last night, which resulted in the fire alarm sounding twice. All employees were safely evacuated.

    Health and safety regulations require that the fire alarm must sound at a certain decibel to reach all the employees on the terminal – including those who are working within the concrete silos. Regulations also require that the alarm continues to sound until the fire chief allows it to be turned off. Cargill Terminal regrets the disruption that this has caused to local residents.